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Planning & Zoning

7330 Thornapple River Drive
P.O. Box 370
Ada, MI 49301
Phone: (616) 676-9191(616) 676-9191
Fax: (616) 676-5870
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
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Planning & Zoning Services

Ada Township's Planning and Zoning Department is responsible for providing the following services:

  • Administration and enforcement of the Township's land use and development regulations (Zoning Ordinance)
  • Staff support to the Planning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals.
  • Completion of long-range planning studies and programs for the Township, such as the Township Master Plan, Open Space Preservation Plan, Non-Motorized Trail Plan, Parks and Recreation Plan and other planning studies as directed by the Planning Commission and Township Board.
  • Non-Motorized Trail Plan, Parks and Recreation Plan and other planning studies as directed by the Planning Commission and Township Board.
  • Enforcement of other Township regulatory ordinances, such as those relating to storage of inoperable vehicles and requirements for clearing of snow from public sidewalks.
  • Provide information to Township residents, businesses and the general public regarding regulations affecting the use and development of land in the Township.
  • Manages outside departmental building contractor, Cascade Township's Building Inspections Department which implements the issuance of permits and conducts inspections. The department reviews all plans, issues permits and inspects and maintains records on all Ada Township construction projects. Inspectors are registered by the State of Michigan in one or more of the building trades as well as plan review.

The Planning and Zoning Department seeks to maintain the high quality living environment that residents of the Township enjoy and value, and ensure that the Township continues to have a mix of successful retail, service and manufacturing businesses that provide goods and services for residents, a source of local employment and a strong and diversified tax base.

Planning & Zoning Reports:

Ada Village Design Charrette Final Report
2011 Ada Township Citizen Survey Results

Quick Links to Ada Township Building, Planning & Zoning Resources:
Planning Commission
Zoning Board of Appeals
Zoning Lookup
Zoning Map
Zoning Ordinance


Ada Township Planning Commission:


         , Chairperson
Angela Butterfield, Vice Chairperson
Sara Easter, Secretary 
Catherine Jacobs, Board Representative
Ross Leisman
Robert Lowry
Michael Lunn

Ada Township Zoning Board of Appeals

Ken Dixon, Chairperson
Jason McNamara, Vice Chairperson
Jack Hartley
Robert Lowry, Planning Commission Representative 
Susan Burton, Board Representative




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Ada Township Offices 7330 Thornapple River DR P.O. Box 370 Ada, MI 49301 Phone: (616) 676-9191 Fax: (616) 676-5870 Hours: M-F, 8AM-5PM