Welcome to Planning & Zoning


The Planning Department, in cooperation with the Township’s Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals and Board of Trustees, is responsible for the Comprehensive Plan which is a long-range guide intended to guide the growth and development of the Township.

Planning Commission
Meets the 4th Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m., Thornapple Township Hall, 200 E. Main Street, Middleville


The Zoning Department is responsible, in cooperation with the Township’s Planning Commission and Board of Trustees, for creating and enforcing the Township Zoning Ordinance. This department processes applications related to zoning permits, planned unit developments, special land uses, site plan reviews, etc. The Township requires that property owners obtain a zoning permit for all structures and additions, including fences, accessory structures (i.e., sheds, carports, pergola, etc.), and other miscellaneous items. Before you decide to begin construction you will want to check on the zoning requirements specific to that property.

Zoning Board of Appeals
The next meeting for the ZBA is October 10, 2017 at 7pm.  They will hold two Public Hearings at Thornapple Township Hall, 200 E Main Street in Middleville regarding Variance #105 & Variance #106 applications.  These variance applications will be inspected at the Township Hall, Monday-Thursday between 9am-4pm. 

Written comments or questions regarding this application will be received until close of the public hearing and may be addressed to:

Secretary, Thornapple Township Zoning Board of Appeals
PO Box 459
Middleville, MI 49333

Thornapple Township Zoning Districts Map

Check the map to find your zoning district

Thornapple Township Master Plan

Updated in 2012

Thornapple Township Zoning Ordinance