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Zoning and Planning Services

 Community and Economic Development Director
 Rodney Nanney, AICP
(989) 772-4600 ext. 232
Zoning Administrator  
Peter Gallinat
(989) 772-4600 Ext. 241


Fax: (989) 773-1988





Public Hearing Required by Planning Commission - The Planning Commission meets monthly on the third Tuesday.  Complete Application and Plans with fees due by the last Wednesday of the month to be on the following month's meeting for the following:

  • Special Use Permit
  • Rezoning and Text Amendments
  • Subdivisions and Site Condominiums (1 of 4 meetings)
  • Home Occupations

Public Hearing required for actions before the Zoning Board of Appeals - The Zoning Board of Appeals meets Quarterly on the first Wednesdays of March, June, September, and December.  Complete Application and Plans with fees due by the last Wednesday of the month to be on the following month's meeting for the following:

  • Variance
  • Text Interpretation
  • Appeal from an administrative order or decision.

Applications for actions not requiring a Public Hearing before the Planning Commission - Complete Application and Plans with fees due by the first Tuesday of the month to be on that month's meeting, including the following:

  • Site Plan Review, final or preliminary
  • Subdivision and Site Condo reviews conducted after the public hearing

Lawn Mowing

The Charter Township of Union Ordinance prohibits grass and weeds to grow higher than 12" with the following exceptions

  • Parcels of land that are three acres or more and are vacant
  • Landscaping features may contain tall or ornamental grasses
  • Nursery and landscaping business may grow ornamental grasses
  • On parcels of land which are zoned "Agricultural" by the Union Township Zoning Ordinance, the provisions of this section shall apply to an area that is within 60 feet of a dwelling, and shall also extend to the road right of way(s)

Please call 989.772.4600 ext 241 to report properties at or near 12" of grass/weeds.  The resolution process allows 10 days for the property owner to mow, and the property is mowed by an agent of the township and the costs charged to the property.

Well Protection Compliance


The following documents are required for all new construction, change of use, or new additions to existing uses within the Charter Township of Union.

Wellhead Resolution


Hot Topics

Proposed Zoning Ordinance available for review and comment

The draft ordinance is now available online at   along with an online comment form. In addition, anyone is welcome to attend an upcoming Planning Commission meeting and offer public comments.  A public open house event and a public hearing are also planned for later this Spring.

The Township has been working for some months to update our current Zoning Ordinance.  The new ordinance is intended to ensure quality development of commercial corridors and industrial areas, preserve the character of residential neighborhoods, and protect agricultural lands.  The document is more user-friendly and promotes the goals and objectives of the 2018 Township Master Plan.  Before the new zoning ordinance is considered for adoption by the Township Board of Trustees, there will be several opportunities for you to offer your input. 

MMDC is available to assist you in a new start-up or an established market

Adopted Township Site Plan Sidewalk Relief Policy 

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Accessory Building on vacant property

Accessory Building Approval Tree