Legislation and Zoning Committee Information
Coordinating Zoning Committee
The CZC is a three-member sub-committee of the Planning and Building Committee of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners.
The CZC reviews and makes recommendations on select zoning cases and all master plans and plan amendments.
The CZC provides an advisory recommendation only. Meetings are scheduled on an as needed basis.
The Michigan Zoning Enabling Act (P.A. 110 of 2006) authorizes Oakland County to review and comment on township rezoning requests. We receive select zoning petitions after the Township Planning Commission’s public hearing and recommendation. We review the petitions and submit recommendations to the Oakland County Coordinating Zoning Committee (CZC) who vote to recommend either approval or denial.
After the CZC vote, the petition is then returned to the Township Board for their final decision. The County is allowed 30 days to review and comment. The County is the sole government agency responsible for boundary coordination.
Cases that are taken to the CZC
- Are at the border of an adjacent community, or
- Involve or are adjacent to County property
Boundary case review includes:
- Consideration of and input from adjacent community(ies)
- Master plan conformance review
Upon request, our staff will review internal township zoning cases.
Master Plan Review
By law, Oakland County is authorized to review all Master Plans and Master Plan amendments prior to adoption. Communities are required to review their plans every five years to decide if they need to be updated. The Master Plan is considered the legal basis of zoning.
All communities are required to send a copy of the draft master plan to the county and all adjacent communities. Reviews and comments must be completed within 63 days from the receipt of the master plan. Plan amendment reviews are conducted within 42 days. Coordination at the borders is of prime importance in master plan reviews.
For further information about zoning and Master Plan reviews or the review process, please contact Charlotte Burckhardt or call 248-858-5443.