PLANNING & ZONING

The Supervisor is the Zoning Administrator. 

To report possible Ordinance Violations, contact Marc Larabel, Ordinance Enforcement Officer. Contact Marc during regular business hours.

2014 Adopted Master Plan


ZONING ORDINANCE
The entire Lowell Township Zoning Ordinance may be viewed in text format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view on-line.

*Zoning Ordinance: In Adobe, "Edit" menu and then "Find" can be used to search the document for specific words or phrases.


Building Department

Zoning Compliance Report
Farm Building Requirements
Permit for Farm Building

Building Permits are issued at Lowell Charter Township. You may first need to get site plan and/or Zoning approval.  Codebooks are available for review at Cascade Township.

Building Permit Application

Lowell Charter Township contracts with Cascade Township Building department for permits and necessary inspections. For Inspections, contact: Cascade Township Building Department

Director of Inspections Brian Wilson
bwilson@cascadetwp.com
Phone: (616) 949-3765

Click here for the Staff Directory for the Cascade Building Department

Department Info:
3040 Charlevoix Dr., Ste. 175 Grand Rapids MI 49546-7192
Phone: (616) 949-3765 Fax: (616) 949-7271
Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday, 7:00 am to 5:00 pm Friday 7:00 am to 1:00 pm (Except Holidays)

Click here for Permits & Inspections through Cascade Township:  
Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing

Planning & Zoning

If you would like to apply to have a project considered by the Township Planning Commission, use the appropriate information below:

Planning Commission Submittal Schedule
Planning Commission Application
Site Plan Review Procedures
Special Land Use Procedures
Rezoning Process Procedures
Site Condominium Procedures
Subdivision Platting Procedures

Zoning Board of Appeals

Zoning Board of Appeals Application
Zoning Board of Appeals Procedures


The Planning Commission
The basic function of the planning commission is to make and adopt a plan for the township's land use development, called the Master Plan. The planning commission is the agency by which the Township regulates and controls the development and use of property to promote and protect the health, safety and welfare of the public. The planning commission may provide reasonable restrictions on land use to assure conformity to the Master Plan. The planning commission may issue Special Use Permits according to the standards in the Zoning Ordinance for such uses. The planning commission may recommend zoning changes to the Township Board for approval. Planning Commission members are volunteers who are appointed by the Township Supervisor with Board approval for 3 year terms. One member of the Planning Commission must be a Township Board representative.

The Planning Commission meets monthly, and often twice monthly. All meetings are open to the public. PLANNING COMMISSION MEETS ON THE SECOND MONDAY - IF A HOLIDAY FALLS ON THAT MONDAY IT IS HELD ON TUESDAY. MEETINGS BEGIN AT 7:00 p.m.


The Zoning Board of Appeals
The ZBA must hear and decide appeals on decisions by the Planning Commission or other administrative official regarding zoning issues. The ZBA may grant certain variances according to the law of the State of Michigan. ZBA decisions are final, but may be appealed to the circuit court under specific circumstances. The ZBA meets twice a year or more often if needed. All meetings are open to the public.