Ever wonder what a lot width to depth ratio is or why it is in the Zoning Ordinance?  What about corner lots?  Do the setback requirements apply to both streets?  Is it OK to allow a developer to reduce the number of parking spaces after the site plan has been approved?   

If you are mystified by some or even most of the rules in your zoning ordinance and are unsure of how to apply them or how to explain them to those who ask, MainStreet Planning Company can provide the help you need.  We currently provide zoning administration services to a number of our clients by holding regular hours in their offices.  While there we do the following:

  • Meet with residents, land owners and developers on a walk in and appointment basis to answer questions about the zoning ordinance, other municipal ordinances and the review process for a development proposal.
  • Prepare agendas for the planning commission and zoning board of appeals.
  • Prepare reports for items to be considered by the various boards and commissions.
  • Assist in zoning ordinance enforcement.
  • Provide assistance to staff regarding procedures, advertising requirements, and other matters which arise based on our experience in the world of municipal government.

We can also provide immediate zoning advice over the phone or by e-mail if you prefer.  We answer our own phones and can usually provide you an answer during that first call or that same day.

Relying on us for zoning administration assistance can relieve municipal officials, especially township clerks and supervisors, from this time consuming task and allow them to focus their efforts on their normal duties.