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Marquette County

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Great Lakes Information Network

ICLEI Sustainability Planning Toolkit

Michigan Association of Planning

Michigan Good Food Charter

Michigan State University Extension Fire Awareness

Planetizen

Planning & Zoning Center

SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Education)

Schlinder's Land Use Page

Smart Growth Network

Superior Watershed Partnership

Planning and Zoning

Contact Information

You can contact the Chocolay Township Planning Director / Zoning Administrator at (906) 249-1448, or via e-mail for more information.

Planning Director Responsibilities

The Chocolay Township Planning Director plays a multi-faceted role in supporting beneficial development of the Township that is consistent with community goals. Tasks include:

  • Responding to information requests from various Boards and Commissions as well as local citizens
  • Facilitating citizen engagement and community outreach to support planning efforts
  • Providing research and technical assistance to support good policies and decision-making
  • Helping to plan, fund, and implement special projects
  • Collaborating with other jurisdictions
  • Staying on top of legislative changes and judicial decisions that impact Township regulation

The Planning Director also serves as technical assistant to the Chocolay Township Planning Commission. The Planning Commission generally meets on the first Monday of the month at 7:30 pm in the Township Hall. The agenda packets and meeting minutes are available on the Meetings & Minutes - Planning Commission page.

A current membership list and application to serve on the Planning Commission are available on the About Us - Appointed Officals page.

Zoning Administrator Responsibilities

The Zoning Administrator is the principal person charged with the responsibility for administering and enforcing the zoning ordinance. In Chocolay Township, the Zoning Administrator also enforces the Nuisance Ordinance #37A and the Vehicle Parking and Storage Ordinance #55.

The Zoning Administrator assists citizens in understanding regulations and filling out applications, performs inspections, issues permits, and issues violation notices. The Zoning Administrator evaluates and establishes guidelines for improving department procedures.

The Zoning Administrator also serves as technical assistant to the Zoning Board of Appeals. The Zoning Board of Appeals generally meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at 7 PM at the Township Hall, but only when there are pending applications or requests under consideration. The agenda packets and meeting minutes are available on the Meetings & Minutes - Zoning Board of Appeals page.

A current membership list and application to serve on the Zoning Board of Appeals are available on the About Us - Appointed Officals page.