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
  • City Hall
    36725 Division Road
    Richmond, MI 48062
Submission Deadline
Meeting Date
September 14, 2020
October 8, 2020
October 19, 2020November 12, 2020
November 16, 2020December 10, 2020
December 21, 2020January 14, 2021
January 18, 2021February 11, 2021
February 15, 2021March 11, 2021
March 15, 2021April 8, 2021
April 19, 2021May 13, 2021
May 17, 2021June 10, 2021
June 14, 2021July 8, 2021
July 19, 2021August 12, 2021
August 23, 2021September 16, 2021


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 tjeschke@cityofrichmond.net 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.