Planning & Zoning

Welcome to the Planning & Zoning Office

Growth and Development of Thornapple Township

Contact our Zoning Administrator, Phil Gensterblum

Monday and Wednesday 9 am - 4pm: Phil can be reached in office or by phone at 269.795.7202 Ext. 208

Tuesday (remote) 9am-4pm at 269.953.6142 or by email at


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

The department is also responsible 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.

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



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 required permits and zoning requirements specific to your project and property.

Zoning Board of Appeals

The ZBA meets as needed to act on applications for dimensional variances, appeals, interpretations, or other matters as authorized or required by the Zoning Ordinance or the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act.

Zoning District MapΒ  Zoning OrdinancesΒ Township Master PlanΒ  Public Notices