Planning Commission

WHAT IS THE PLANNING COMMISSION?

The Planning Commission:

  • Conducts public hearings and gives recommendations to the Township Board on rezoning requests and Zoning Ordinance amendments, additions or deletions.
  • Conducts hearings and is solely responsible for decisions on Site Plan Review and Special Use requests.
  • Is responsible for the development and approval of the Township's Master Plan.  A final draft is recommended by the Planning Commission, with the final approval now directed by the Township Board.

HOW DO PROJECTS GET ON THE PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA?

Bruce Nickel, the Township Building Inspector and Zoning Officer, is available for pre-planning on any Building Code and/or Township Ordinance questions that might be raised.

When applications, plans and related documents are submitted, Mr. VanValkenburg puts the applicant on the next available agenda.  The Planning Commission conducts the hearing at a scheduled meeting date.  If required, a special hearing may be able to be scheduled at an additional cost.  Public notices, as applicable, are published, posted and/or mailed as required by State Statute.

WHEN ARE PLANNING COMMISSION MEETINGS?

Planning Commission meetings are now held on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 P.M. in the Township Hall.  Special meetings may be called for and will be posted at the Township Hall as required by law. 

Correspondence or telephone messages to the Planning Commissioners should be directed to the Planning Commission Secretary Dan VanValkenburg at 7720 N. Adrian Hwy., Tecumseh, MI  49286; Phone:  (517) 423-7929   Fax:  (517) 431-2720

WHO IS ON THE PLANNING COMMISSION?

Franklin Township has a nine member Planning Commission.  By State Statute, one of those members must be appointed from the elected Township Board members.  The other eight members of the Planning Commission are appointed to serve staggered three year terms.  Per their by-laws, Planning Commissioners can serve two consecutive three year terms, but must sit out at least one year following a six year stint before requesting any further re-appointments to that body.  Appointments are recommended by the Township Supervisor to the Board of Trustees for approval.  State law requires a diversity of interests to improve the community planning process, so the Supervisor does have the responsibility of seeking a wide range of interests in the appointment process.  Re-appointments are made in the fall prior to the date of each member's term expires.  A Chairperson, Vice-Chair and Secretary are elected each year.  Click here for our current Planning Commission members.