Planning and Zoning

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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 at the Sparta Civic Center, located at 75 N Union Street, Sparta, MI 49345.

Ordinance #20-01 Adopted

Chickens, Backyard Chickens On Monday, September 14, 2020, the Village Council of the Village of Sparta, Michigan, adopted the following ordinance:

#20-01 - An Ordinance to Amend Chapter 10 "Animals" and Chapter 82 "Zoning" of the Sparta Village Code of Ordinances to Allow for the Keeping of Chickens in the Village.

The new ordinance amendments will take effect on October 23, 2020. Please click below for a copy of this ordinance.

Please note that chickens will only be allowed when the proper permits have been submitted and approved and the enclosure meets the requirements of the ordinance.

Zoning Ordinance

For information on the Village of Sparta Zoning Ordinance and the requirements for each zoning district please click the link below to access our Zoning Ordinance.

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 also protect the general interest of private property owners.

Ordinance #19-01: Prohibit Marihuana Establishments & Facilities (Regulatory). This ordinance prohibits marihuana establishments and facilities under the Sparta Code of Ordinances.

Ordinance #19-02: Prohibit Marihuana Establishments & Facilities (Zoning). This ordinance prohibits marihuana establishments and facilities under the Sparta Zoning Ordinance.

Ordinance #19-03: Amend Code of Ordinances to update Discharge over Street Language. This ordinance amendment updates the language related to prohibited materials or items that can be discharged on or over a public sidewalk or street.

Ordinance #19-04: Amend Trailer Ordinance. This ordinance amendment clarifies the parking of trailers in the industrial zoning district and include language allowing for small yard or mulch trailers under a certain size in residential districts.

Ordinance #19-05: Mobile Food Vending Units. As the Village has become busier with festivals and special events the need was created to create a program to regulate mobile food vending units that locate in the Village of Sparta. The ordinance was drafted to include language to protect brick and mortar restaurants and festivals/events from outside vendors as well as include language providing exemptions to church groups and other non-profit entities.

Please click the link below to see the ordinance language.

Meeting Minutes
Planning Commission

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:
2019 Annual Report
2018 Annual Report
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

Robert Liscombe (Chairman) term expires 12/31/2023
Gary Moody (Vice Chair) term expires 12/31/2022
Emilie Henry, term expires 12/31/2021
Ryan Wolford, term expires 12/31/2021
Robert Whalen (Village President), term expires 12/31/2022
Robert Carlstrom (council rep), term expires 12/31/2022
Jon Braybrook, term expires 12/31/2023
Rose Frederick, term expires 12/31/2023

Planning and Zoning Contact

Planning and Zoning Administrator:

Shay P. Gallagher
156 E. Division St.
Sparta, MI 49345

Phone: (616) 887-8251
Email: Shay P. Gallagher​