Planning and Zoning

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Village Creates Code Enforcement Plan

This year the Village is implementing a new Code Enforcement Ordinance Plan so that residents and property owners can understand the process and ensure that all issues are dealt with in similar fashion. This consistency will allow the Village to more appropriately handle code enforcement complaints and violations. The Village will review this document and update as necessary to ensure it is the best plan for the Village of Sparta.

Click the link below to see the full plan.

Village Council Adopts New Ordinances

The Village of Sparta Planning Commission and Village Council have been busy reviewing and approving ordinance amendments and additions to try and be a business friendly community but ensure that development is done at a high standard.

Ordinance #18-03: An Ordinance to amend light industrial district site requirements. This ordinance amendment reduces the front yard setback from 40 feet to 20 feet and also adds requirements for building material to be used on 25% of the building.

Ordinance #18-04: An Ordinance to address alternate parking materials for equipment storage in the commercial and light industrial district. This amendment will allow businesses that have a storage component to work with the planning commission and potentially utilize alternate paving materials for storage areas related to the primary function of the business.

Ordinance #18-05: Sign Ordinance Update. The Village spent considerable time updating the sign ordinance to be compliant with the Supreme Court ruling Reed v. Gilbert. As part of the update electronic message board signs were allowed as a sign option, changes were made to temporary signage and the ordinance is now considered content neutral.

Please click the link below to see the ordinance language.

Village of Sparta Planning Commission

The purpose of the Planning Commission is to prepare and adopt physical plans for the Village and review development proposals, both private and public as set forth in the Michigan Zoning Act, MCL 125.3801 et seq. The Planning Commission also acts in an advisory capacity for matters referred by the Village Council. The Planning Commission reviews the preliminary Capital Improvement Plan.

The Planning Commission meets at 7:00 pm on the first Monday of each month. The meetings are held in the basement of the Township Hall, located at 160 E. Division St. Sparta, MI 49345.

Meeting Minutes
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Planning and Zoning Information

Download Document:
2015 Master Plan Document (PDF)

Download Document:
Zoning Map (PDF)

The Village of Sparta is required to provide an annual report of its Planning Commission activities for each calendar year. This report is to fulfill Article II, Section 19 of Public Act 33 of 2008 (Michigan Planning Enabling Act). Click the links below to view these reports.

Download Documents:
2017 Annual Report
2016 Annual Report
2015 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report

How do I apply for site plan review?

1. Fill out a site plan review application. You can download the application from the link below this article.

2. Contact the Village Manager and discuss your proposed application. This will serve as a preliminary review to help iron out details of your plan prior to Planning Commission review.

3. Submit your completed application to the Village Manager at least 30 days prior to the next scheduled Planning Commission meeting and pay the associated fee.

4. Attend the Planning Commission meeting for project review and potential approval.

*Refer to the Site Plan & Building Permit Process Flow Chart

Planning Commission Board Members

William Hayes, (Chairman), term expires 12/31/2018
Paul Homrich, term expires 12/31/2018
Chad Fisk, term expires 12/31/2018
Kristi Dougan (council rep), term expires 12/31/2018
Ryan Hayes (council rep), term expires 12/31/2018
Pamela Nelson, term expires 12/31/2019
Robert Liscombe term expires 12/31/2020
Jon Braybrook, term expires 12/31/2020
Rose Frederick, term expires 12/31/2020

Planning and Zoning Contact

Planning and Zoning Administrator: 

Julius Suchy
156 E. Division St.
Sparta, MI 49345

Phone: (616) 887-8251
Email: Julius Suchy