Planning Commission

View the 2016 Meeting Schedule (PDF) to find upcoming meeting and application due date information. The following is the usual Planning Commission meeting information:
  • 1st Wednesday of every month unless noted otherwise
  • 6:00 p.m.
  • All meetings are open to the public

           City Hall Building
           2nd Floor Council Chambers
           161 W. Michigan Ave.
           Jackson, MI 49201

The Planning Commission is comprised of 9 members. The mayor, the city manager, and a council person are automatically members of the Planning Commission. The other 6 members are appointed from among the residents of the city. The council person and citizen members of the commission are appointed by the mayor with the consent of the City Council.

  • Sheila Troxel, Chairperson
  • Martin Griffin, Vice-Chair
  • Jeanne Kubish, Secretary
  • Bill Jors, Mayor
  • Derek Dobies, Commissioner (Ex-Officio)
  • Patrick Burtch, City Manager
  • Clyde Mauldin, Commissioner
  • James Stark, Commissioner
  • John Polaczyk, Commissioner
Board Overview
The Planning Commission works to develop and maintain a comprehensive plan that provides a vision of what the city will look like in 20 years. The commission also manages the city’s zoning ordinance which is the main tool used to implement the comprehensive plan and regulate land use. Another responsibility of the commission is to review various types of development proposals within the city based upon the guidance provided by those resources.

An ongoing responsibility of the Planning Commission is to review various types of development proposals within the city. A major responsibility of the planning director is to provide recommendations to the commission regarding those proposals. The city’s chief zoning official is charged with administering the zoning ordinance on a day-to-day basis, with the assistance of Neighborhood and Economic Operations staff. The deputy city attorney is available to consult on the legal ramifications of the decisions made by the commission. Other municipal officials are also consulted as needed.