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Benzie County does not administer planning and zoning for the local units of government within the County. If you are seeking specific planning or zoning information for a township, village, or the City of Frankfort, please contact the local unit of government directly. 


The Planning Commission is an eleven-member commission appointed by the County Board of Commissioners. Planning Commissioners are appointed to three year terms.


The purpose of the Benzie County Planning Commission is to initiate and promote county planning including, but not limited to master planning, according to all applicable provisions of the Michigan Planning Enabling Act, Michigan Zoning Enabling Act, and the Benzie County Planning Commission Ordinance as amended. 

The Planning Commission is a local nonpolitical unit of the Benzie County government providing services that are directed by the Michigan Planning Enabling Act 33 of 2008 .

Township Zoning Review

Each township, village, and city in Benzie County administers their own zoning and planning. In accordance with the Michigan Planning Enabling Act and the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act, the County Planning Commission may provide recommendations on master plans and zoning ordinances to units of government within the County. The County Planning Commission and staff will conduct a review prior to the recommendation. The recommendation allows the county planning commission to coordinate planning and zoning efforts by:

  1. Providing constructive feedback that will be helpful to the local unit of government.
  2. Establishing a dialog with local units of government on planning and zoning issues.
  3. Tracking plans and ordinances that become resources for other communities.
  4. Aid in coordinating proposed plans, zoning ordinances, or zoning ordinance amendments by any township within Benzie County with the plans and zoning ordinances of  neighboring townships, cities, or villages, and ensuring an overall common approach to land use policy within the County.
The County does not have authority over local planning and zoning, and does not administer zoning for local governments. Reviews are for advisory and coordination purposes only. The Planning Commission has adopted a policy providing guidance on review procedures, available here. 

Local units of government submitting ordinances or plans for review are asked to provide information to Networks Northwest (contact information below) and the County Planning Commission Chair by the first Wednesday of each month, for distribution and review at County Planning Commission meetings, which are held the second Thursday of each month. 

Contact Person

Networks Northwest provides planning support services to the Benzie County Planning Commision. Please note that Benzie County does not administer zoning. For zoning questions, please contact the City, village, or township in which the specific property is located. For Benzie County Planning Commission questions, information, or to request an agenda item, please contact: 

Sarah Lucas, Networks Northwest

Planning Commission Members

Chairperson:  Walter "Rocky" Roch von Rochsburg
Vice Chair:      Betsy Evans
Secretary:        Coury Carland
Members:         Jason Barnard
                          Chuck Beale
                          James Clark
                          Irene Dunham-Thayer
                          Vince Edwards
                          Rosemary Naulty
                          Chris Walrad
                          Gregory Wright

Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the Commissioners' Room of the Benzie County Government Center, located at: 

448 Court Place
Beulah, MI 49617
Regular Meeting Dates for 2018 

The Benzie County Administrator's Office handles all FOIA requests for the BCPC.   

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