Planning & Zoning

Planning and zoning provides assistance to residents and businesses throughout the City. In addition to answering general questions, we also provide staffing assistance to the Planning Commission, the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Historic Preservation District Commission.

Most of the questions we receive from residents relate to property improvements. The most frequently asked questions are available here. Whenever there are questions about property improvements, there typically are questions about permits. Here are the most frequently asked permit questions.

For commercial or larger residential developments, whenever possible, please contact us to set a meeting with you and our staff to discuss your proposal in the conceptual stages to eliminate potential problems, minimize costs and discuss any questions you may have.  We have assembled information specific to commercial and other non-single family residential development here.

Depending on your location and availability, this informal meeting can occur electronically via email, skype, phone conference, etc.

Once you are ready to submit formal plans, you will need to submit five (5) copies of your site plan for review. The completed application, site plans and review fee must be received at least two (2) weeks in advance of the Planning Commission meeting that you wish to attend. If you are requesting special use permit approval, all of the necessary material must be submitted thirty (30) days in advance. You will then be sent an agenda and a copy of our report prior to the hearing.

Frequently Requested Topics

Site Plan Review                               

Historic Preservation District Review  Permanent Sign Permit Application
Planning Commision Site Plan Review Procedures Temporary Sign Permit Application
           - Site Plan Review Checklist Tent Permit Application
           - Groundwater Protection Checklist  Zoning Permit Application
           - Traffic Impact Checklist  
Sign Regulations Table  
DDA District Boundary Map  
Historic District Boundary Map  
Frankenmuth Master Plan 2015