Planning, Zoning, and Building

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Village of Sparta Planning Commission

The purpose of the Planning Commission is to prepare and adopt physical plans for the Village and review development proposals, both private and public as set forth in the Michigan Zoning Act, MCL 125.3801 et seq. The Planning Commission also acts in an advisory capacity for matters referred by the Village Council. The Planning Commission reviews the preliminary Capital Improvement Plan.

The Planning Commission meets at 7:00 pm on the first Monday of each month. The meetings are held at the Sparta Civic Center, located at 75 N Union Street, Sparta, MI 49345.

2024 Meeting Schedule:

  • February 5, 2024
  • March 4, 2024 -Cancelled
  • April 1, 2024
  • May 6, 2024
  • June 3, 2024
  • July 1, 2024
  • August 5, 2024
  • September 3, 2024*
  • October 7, 2024
  • November 4, 2024
  • December 2, 2024
*Denotes meetings moved from 1st Monday due to a holiday.

Zoning Ordinance

For information on the Village of Sparta Zoning Ordinance and the requirements for each zoning district please click the link below to access our Zoning Ordinance.

Meeting Agendas and Packets, Planning Commission

Meeting Minutes, Planning Commission

Download Document:

February 5th, 2024 Minutes

Planning and Zoning Information

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Zoning Map (PDF)

The Village of Sparta is required to provide an annual report of its Planning Commission activities for each calendar year. This report is to fulfill Article II, Section 19 of Public Act 33 of 2008 (Michigan Planning Enabling Act). Click the links below to view these reports.

Download Documents:

2019 Annual Report
2018 Annual Report
2017 Annual Report
2016 Annual Report
2015 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report

Building Permit and Inspection

Building Permits and Inspections have CHANGED. The Village of Sparta recently hired Professional Code Inspections or PCI. PCI is a professional inspection firm that will handle all building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical permitting, and associated inspections, within the Village.

Applicants seeking building, electrical, plumbing or mechanical permits will submit plans and permit applications to the Village offices. Permit fees will also be paid at the Village offices. All questions related to permits will be directed to PCI’s Dorr office. PCI can be contacted at (616) 877-2000 or by visiting their website:

How do I apply for site plan review?

1. Fill out a site plan review application. You can download the application from the link below this article.

2. Contact the Village Manager and discuss your proposed application. This will serve as a preliminary review to help iron out details of your plan prior to Planning Commission review.

3. Submit your completed application to the Village Manager at least 30 days prior to the next scheduled Planning Commission meeting and pay the associated fee.

4. Attend the Planning Commission meeting for project review and potential approval.

*Refer to the Site Plan & Building Permit Process Flow Chart

Planning Commission Board Members

Emilie Henry, (Chair) term expires 12/31/2026
Rose Frederick, (Vice-Chair) term expires 12/31/2026
Robert Whalen (Ex Officio Member Village President), term expires 12/31/2024
Robert Carlstrom (Ex Officio Member Council), term expires 12/31/2024
Jon Braybrook, term expires 12/31/2026
Christina Owens, term expires 12/31/2024
Robert Liscombe term expires 12/31/2026
Gary Moody term expires 12/31/2024
Vacant, term expires 12/31/2026

Planning and Zoning Contact

Planning and Zoning Administrator:

James Lower
156 E. Division St.
Sparta, MI 49345

Phone: (616) 887-8251
Email: James Lower