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Community Development


The Community Development Department (CDD) is the principal advisor to the city manager, City Council, Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, and other departments on municipal operations related to:
  • Land use
  • Zoning
  • Economic development
  • Capital improvements
  • Strategic and vision planning
  • Code enforcement

CDD also directs the daily activities of the building and engineering departments and advises other departments with grant preparation, general planning and zoning, recreation planning, public safety, code enforcement, and development.


The Planning Commission advises City Council on land use matters and maintains the Master Plan and Zoning Ordinance. Authorization is provided through local ordinance and the Michigan Planning Enabling Act Public Act 33 of 2008 to function in the following capacities.

  • Formulation of the Zoning Ordinance and Amendments
  • Site plan review
  • Special land use review
  • Planned development review
  • Formulation of a Master Plan
  • Review of matters referred by City Council
  • Report on the operation of the Zoning Ordinance
  • Report on operation of the Zoning Ordinance
The navigation side bar links to the Planning Commission applications, fee schedule and checklists; Master Plan; Zoning Ordinance; Code of Ordinances; and federal, state and county agencies.


The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) interprets the Zoning Ordinance may allow deviation from strict application of its regulations. ZBA performs duties and exercises powers as provided in the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act (P.A. 110 of 2006, as amended). The ZBA is authorized to: 

Appeals. Hear and decide appeals where it is alleged that there is an error in any order, requirement, permit, decision, or refusal made by an administrative official, office, department, board, commission, or enforcement office.

Variances. Grant a variance from the strict application of the provisions of this ordinance.

Interpretation. Interpret boundaries of zoning districts as presented in the official zoning map.

Exceptions. Hear and decide requests for exceptions to the Ordinance as provided for within the Ordinance.


The Community Development Director, Building Official, City Clerk, City Planner, and other designated City officials and duly authorized representatives shall administer actions necessary for the implementation of zoning regulations.

The Community Development Director is responsible for overall administration of the Master Plan and Zoning Ordinance and coordinates with the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals.

The Building Official/Department advises CDD staff on site plan matters, may assist applicants with application procedures, issues building or other permits when applicable ordinances are met, issues certificates of occupancy and certificates of compliance in cooperation with the Community Development Director, inspects land use and building improvements for ordinance compliance, investigates alleged violations and proceeds with appropriate corrective measures.

The City Clerk publishes notices required by zoning regulations and records official minutes of all meetings of the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals.

The City Planner may prepare and administer plans and ordinances, advise and assist the City Council, Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals and other City bodies or officials, provide citizens and public officials with relevant information, review site plan and special land use applications and draft ordinance amendments.


The City of Riverview annually determines projects pursuant to Federal guidelines and Wayne County direction.   Wayne County administers the programs and projects including housing rehabilitation. 

A public hearing is typically conducted in January to receive public comment regarding proposed projects prior to final submission to Wayne County.


Section 8 housing requests are no longer processed by the City of Riverview. Please click on one of the following web links for more information.

Program for first time home,  Wayne County offers assistance.  The Wayne County website provides information at

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