Planning Commission Agenda, 2024-07-11

The municipal agenda for the Planning Commission meeting on 2024-07-11 is ๐Ÿ‘‰here๐Ÿ‘ˆ

801 Michigan St NE

This is a Special Land Use (SLU) request to allow a recreational cannabis dispensary in an existing retail space at the intersection of Michigan St and Eastern Ave. No changes to the exterior of the building, other than signage, is planned.

Lyon & Fountain Redesign

Planning Commission Agenda, 2024-06-13

The municipal agenda for the Planning Commission meeting on 2024-06-13 is ๐Ÿ‘‰here๐Ÿ‘ˆ

UPDATE 2024-06-09: Added elevations of the 616 Bridge St "Back Lot" project.

527 Leonard St NW

Lending, Race, and High Income Households

UPDATE 2024-05-22: Added the Misc section to near the end of the post.

The Fair Housing Center of West Michign has published the "The Role of Mortgage Lenders In Shaping Our Neighborhoods" report. The document covers the deep and deepening economic chasm between white and non-white households, at least in terms of home ownership, in Kent County. And the report breaks down the city distinct from the county, and then down to the neighborhood level, which makes it ideal to look at here. It is a well written report, more readable and to-the-point than many housing policy documents.


The conclusion of the report begins with the words:

While the data may be bleak, ...

which, indeed, very much sums it up.

Of course, as a public document, it is obligated to end on some note of hopefulness. Yet the attempt at if-we-can-all-come-together rings very hollow; we have known, essentially, all of this for at least a decade. And for that decade we've accomplished nothing. We had almost a decade of ideal economic circumstances to fundamentally change the housing market during which we did very nearly nothing. Our leaders talked about "hard conversations"; what they did not do was make courageous decisions. Instead of leadership we had reports, such as the "Great Housing Strategies" (2015), and whatever "Housing NOW" was [and ultimately was not]. ๐Ÿ˜ข

The report is a truly depressing and infuriating read.

Zoning: Accessory Dwelling Units


On 2024-04-23 the City Commission adopted a collection of zoning reforms which included significant changes to Accessory Dwelling Units. All documents and commentary prior to this date should be disregarded.

Disclaimer & Purpose

This is not an official document; this document is not endorsed by the Grand Rapids Planning Commission, nor are its authors qualified to present legal opinions.

The purpose of this document is to provide an introduction to the regulations related to Accessory Dwelling Units in the city of Grand Rapids, MI as of late May, 2024. Within the Zoning the topic of Accessory Dwelling Units are directly addressed in section [5.9.03]. Other sections of the code may still impact the development of ADUs so we have attempted to cross-reference the most relevant sections.

The Stadium & The Amphitheater, Some Basics

The amphitheater and the soccer stadium have flooded the news. However, there is a lot of news, as well as a lot of misinformation. For convenience and simplicity . . .

Planning Agenda: 2024-05-09

The municipal agenda for the Planning Commission meeting on 2024-05-09 is ๐Ÿ‘‰here๐Ÿ‘ˆ

385 Leonard St NE



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