Planning & Zoning


The Planning Director/Zoning Administrator primary responsibility is to guide land use development, policy, and growth that best meets the City of Jackson’s goals. This work is steered by City Master Plan, economic trends, initiatives, and community efforts, and/or by changes in state and local legislature. To support this work, the Planning Director/Zoning Administrator is responsible for the following:

  • Boards and Commissions: Staffing the City Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Brownfield Redevelopment Authority.
  • Zoning Ordinance/Administration: Administering, preparing draft amendments, and maintaining the City's zoning ordinance and development standards.
  • Application Review: Review and approval of certain development activities including site plans, map amendment (rezoning) applications, conditional use permits, and variance applications.
  • Long Range Planning: Implementing and updating long-term land use goals outlined in the City Master Plan.

Contact Us

  1. Chris Atkin
    Director of Planning and Zoning Administrator
    Phone: (517) 768-6433


    3rd Floor City Hall
    161 W. Michigan Ave.
    Jackson, MI 49201

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