Livingston County Department of Planning

Livingston County Department of Planning

 County Offices Closed Until April 13, 2020

All Livingston County buildings and non-essential departments / services will be closed through April 13, 2020. Normal operations and office hours will resume on April 14, 2020.

In the interim, communication can be directed to staff emails as follows:

Kathleen Kline-Hudson, Director:

Scott Barb, Principal Planner:

Robert Stanford, Principal Planner:

 Public Notice - March 2020 Plannng Commission Meeting Cancellation

Out of concern for the public's health and welfare given the COVID-19 pandemic, the upcoming Livingston County Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 6:30 PM has been canceled.

Zoning review cases originally scheduled to be heard at that meeting have been rescheduled to be heard at the April 15, 2020 Livingston County Planning Commission meeting at 6:30 PM.

Thank you.

 New! Zoning for Clean Energy Database

"Planning and zoning for renewable energy siting is an important step toward creating stronger, more resilient communities. Of the 1,856 jurisdictions in the state, around half have already given consideration to clean energy (wind energy, solar energy, or electric vehicle infrastructure) in their zoning ordinances, and that number continues to grow."

Michigan Zoning Database

"The Michigan Zoning Database is a free resource for elected officials, government employees, planners, developers, and Michigan residents. Please explore and share."

From the data collected here, you will learn:

  • Which communities have considered renewable energy in their zoning ordinances
  • In which communities utility-scale wind and solar projects are located
  • Which level of government has zoning authority and a link to each zoning ordinance
  • Demographic and geographic information about each community

Special thanks to Dr. Sarah Mills, one of our past Livingston County Brown Bag Lunch presenters, for providing this very valuable and useful information.

 Welcome to the Livingston County Department of Planning


The Livingston County Department of Planning is dedicated to guiding growth and development in Livingston County through sound planning and zoning practices.

 Our Mission at Livingston County Planning

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Our Mission: Livingston County Planning

The Michigan Planning Enabling Act, Act 33 of 2008, and the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act, Act 110 of 2006 provide the legislative framework by which our department staff and appointed County Planning Commissioners manage the planning and zoning functions of county government.
Together we recognize the importance of achieving a desired quality of life through comprehensive community planning.  We strive to provide programs and services that will assist the sixteen townships, two villages and two cities within Livingston County towards achieving that goal.
Highlighted on this website are the various programs and services that Livingston County Planning Department provides, including but not limited to:

  • Review of Master/Comprehensive Plans
  • Parks and Recreation Planning 
  • Grant Writing 
  • Planning Newsletters
  • Infrastructure and Development Planning
  • Demographic Analysis
  • Emergency Management
  • Housing Opportunities
  • Farmland and Open Space Preservation
  • Review of Zoning Ordinances
  • Economic Development 
  • Technical Assistance Guidebooks
  • Community Events
  • Capital Improvement Planning
  • Transportation Planning
  • Human Service Collaboration
  • Environmental Planning
  • Geographic Information Services

Current News:

We have good news to share!

MAP Awards

The 2018 Livingston County Master Plan produced by the Livingston County Planning Department wins Two Prestigious State Planning Awards

Annually, the Michigan Association of Planning sponsors Planning Excellence Awards to honor outstanding planning projects throughout the State of Michigan. There are ten (10) Planning Excellence award categories, that parallel national American Planning Association (APA) award categories.

A jury of APA Michigan Chapter professionals review and select the award-winning projects. The 2018 Livingston County Master Plan received the following two awards:

  • The Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan
  • The MAP Best Practice Award

PDF DocumentContinue reading the story here

2019 News Blast Archives

 Our Quarterly Planners Brown Bag Lunch and Learn Program

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More Information About Our Quarterly Brown Bag Lunch and Learn Program here

Our Next Event: Wednesday, December 4, 2019, Genoa Township Hall:
"SEMCOG Regional Economic Development Plan - Interactive Input Session from Local Communities"

The Livingston County Department of Planning’s Brown Bag Lunch Series is a quarterly event that brings together planning professionals, local governments and others, in an informal setting to share ideas and network with one another.

Please join us for our next event!