West Benzie Joint Planning Commission

Upcoming Regular Meeting:

When: July 11, 2024 at 6:00pm

Where: Benzonia Township Hall, 1020 Michigan Avenue (US-31) Benzonia, MI 49616

Regular meeting schedule

When: The first Thursday of every other month at 6:00pm

2024 Dates: March 7, May 2, July 11 (due to July 4th holiday), September 5, November 7

Where: Benzonia Township hall, 1020 Michigan Avenue (US-31) Benzonia, MI 49616

Meeting minutes

April 4, 2024
Special Meeting
Minor special land use, 2024-01
Wild Things Farms
March 7, 2024
Regular Meeting
February 1, 2024
Regular Meeting
December 7, 2023
Regular Meeting
November 2, 2023
Regular Meeting
Sept 7, 2023
Regular Meeting
August 3, 2023
Regular Meeting
July 20, 2023
Special meeting
Open meetings act presentation
July 6, 2023
Regular Meeting
May 4, 2023
Regular Meeting
April 6, 2023
Regular Meeting
March 15, 2023
Special meeting
Sunkissed Hills private road site plan review continued from March 2, 2023
March 2, 2023
Regular Meeting
February 2, 2023
Regular Meeting

Commission Members & Staff

Ordinances and plans

Forms and permit applications

History of the West Benzie Joint Planning Commission

** From the Benzonia Township Website **

Benzonia Township was one of the first townships in Benzie County to adopt a Zoning Ordinance in the mid-1970’s and since then had three different ordinances until joining the County Planning and Zoning system in 1994. However, that relationship ended with the major budget cuts at the county in 2010 resulting in creation of the West Benzie Joint Planning Commission (WBJPC) by the Benzonia and Platte Township Boards in 2010. Since then, the two township boards adopted the WBJPC Zoning Ordinance covering both townships. The WBJPC was also formed as a five-person board with adoption of a Planning Commission Ordinance having all the powers and duties of a Planning Commission in the State of Michigan. Both townships have created and adopted a 2023 Master Plan, replacing the previously referenced Benzie County Comprehensive Plan, as the basis for zoning and planning within the WBJPC jurisdictional area.

The main contact for zoning and planning services and the WBJPC is housed within the Zoning/Planning Department of the Benzonia Township Offices – contact the Zoning Administrator shown on the Board page.

West Benzie Joint Planning Commission 2023