Planning & Economic Development

The Planning and Economic Development Department is a division of the Office of the City Manager and is administered by the city's full-time Planning and Economic Development Director Troy S Jeschke.

Direction & Administration

The Planning and Economic Development director is appointed by, and serves at the pleasure of, the city manager. The Planning & Economic Development Director is responsible for organizing and directing the development and administration of programs to guide current and future utilization of city land, physical facilities, and socioeconomic resources.

The Planning & Economic Development Director provides administrative support to the city's Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Economic Development Corporation, City Council, and city administration.

Meetings & Hearings

Below are the meeting dates of the Planning Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals meetings.  All applications are required to be submitted to the Planning & Economic Development Department by 4:00 pm on the deadline date.

  • 7 p.m.
  • Generally the Second Thursday of every month
  • Richmond City Hall
    36725 Division Road
    Richmond, MI 48062
Submission Deadline
Meeting Date
November 20, 2023December 14, 2023
December 18, 2023January 11, 2024
January 15, 2024February 8,  2024
February 19, 2024March 14, 2024
March 18, 2024April 11, 2024
April 15, 2024May 9, 2024
May 20, 2024June 13, 2024
June 17, 2024July 11, 2024
July 15, 2024August 8, 2024
August 16, 2024September 12, 2024
September 16, 2024October 10, 2024
October 21, 2024November 14, 2024

Pre-Application Meetings

A pre-application meeting with City staff is required prior to submitting any development application. At this meeting, staff from Planning, Public Works, Fire, and Building can provide a preliminary review of a site plan, explain zoning requirements, and discuss project timelines. Pre-application meetings often address circumstances that would otherwise result in an application being postponed or denied. Depending on the project scope and timing, multiple pre-application meetings may be necessary. Please call (586) 727-7571 or email to schedule an appointment.

Conceptual Site Plan Reviews

 The City of Richmond offers conceptual site plan reviews which are less detailed and do not need to be prepared by a licensed architect or engineer.  An applicant may file a written request for a conceptual review of a preliminary site plan by the Planning Commission, prior to submission of a formal site plan review.   The requirements for submittal of a Conceptual Site plan review may be found within the City of Richmond Planning Development Guidebook.

Interested in getting started?

The City of Richmond Planning Development Guidebook has all our Board of Zoning Appeals and Planning Commission applications in one easy to follow document.  Or please feel free to contact the Planning & Economic Development Director at (586) 727-7571, or email here.