Planning Services

Planning and Zoning Updates - June, 2022

FOOD TRUCKS (Mobile Food Vending and Food Truck Ordinance)!: On May 23rd, 2022, Madison Heights City Council approved the MOBILE FOOD VENDING Ordinance, which allows food truck owners to operate on private commercial property within Downtown Madison Heights. Private property owners can apply to have their site designated as a 'Mobile Food Site' to host a food truck on their property. Once a site is approved as a Mobile Food Site, food truck owners can apply for a Business License and Certificate of Occupancy to set up shop.

The Mobile Food Vending Ordinance can be found here.

For additional questions, please contact City Planner Matt Lonnerstater.

The Planning Services Division is responsible for interpreting and applying the Zoning Ordinance, coordinating site plan reviews, and ensuring that Madison Heights develops in a manner that is consistent with the City's Master Plan. The Planning Services Division provides administrative and technical assistance to the Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, and City Council. 

Planning and Zoning Maps

Maps related to planning and zoning can be accessed via the Planning / Zoning Maps page. 
Additional information can be found on our interactive Property Info map tool. 

Pre-Development Meetings

Applicants are encouraged to meet with Community & Economic Development staff for a predevelopment meeting prior to submitting for their Site Plan Review, Special Use, Zoning Board of Appeals, or Rezoning Application. To request a predevelopment meeting, please call (248) 837-2649 or contact the City Planner via email at 

In order to make the best use of this resources please be ready with the following project information: 
  • - Location
  • - Existing use
  • - Proposed use
  • - Intended development
  • - Any preliminary sketches
  • - Understanding of the surrounding land uses
At this meeting, CED staff can provide the following: 

  • - Review the proposed use for zoning conformance;
  • - Provide initial feedback on design where applicable;
  • - Outline the required process for approval of the development and general timeline;
  • - Discuss potential local, county or state incentive programs where applicable;
  • - Answer any other development related questions pertaining to the project. 

Zoning Ordinance

The Planning Services Division is responsible for the interpretation and application of the Zoning Ordinance. Sign compliance, quality of life, and certain annual inspections are also conducted by this division. The Division reviews plans for compliance with community standards that have been implemented in the Zoning Ordinance. 


Planning Commission

The City Planner serves as the administrative liaison to the Planning Commission. The Commission is required, by State Enabling Legislation, to prepare and adopt a Master Plan and Complete Study (PDF) (High-speed connection recommended).

Recent Planning Commission agendas and minutes can be found in the Agenda Center. 

Zoning Board of Appeals

The City Planner serves as liaison to the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). This Board has specific powers and duties as provided in the Zoning Ordinance and State Zoning Enabling Act. The ZBA is a quasi-judicial body, and serves as the only body at the municipal level to hear appeals on zoning issues including requests for dimensional variances from ordinance requirements, ordinance interpretations, appeals of administrative decisions, and use variances.

Recent Zoning Board of Appeals agendas and minutes can be found in the Agenda Center.