Planning Commission

The Planning Commission consists of 5 members appointed by the City Council and act on matters directed to them by the Zoning Administrator or others. They can approve uses permitted by right with conditions (C), Conditional Land Uses, along with Minor Site Plans upon referral by the Administrator. Minor and Major Site Plan Reviews are processed and approved by the Commission as specified in the Ordinance.

Furthermore, they conduct Public Hearings and function as a recommending body for the City Council on special uses marked (S), Special Land Uses, Zoning Test Amendments and Map Revisions, Conditional Rezoning, and Plat / Condominiums / Planned Unit Developments. The Commission has adopted Bylaws governing the transaction of business and a Master Plan to guide development within the City. They also have a role in developing the forms to adequately administer the Ordinance.

2019 Year End Report

2018 Year End Report

2017 Year End Report

Zoning Ordinance & Permits

Board Members

  • Louis Miskovich (council appointee)
  • Dave Osier (chair)
  • George Beninghaus
  • Kevin Nyquist
  • Matt Hellman

If you are interested in being on the board, download our application and send it in!

Planning Commission Meeting Schedule for 2020

The Bessemer Planning Commission meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 6:00, unless there is a conflict with holidays or a City Council Meeting, in the Council Chambers at City Hall located at 411 S Sophie, Bessemer, MI 49911.

  • January 7th
  • February 4th
  • March 3rd
  • April 7th
  • May 5th
  • June 2nd
  • July 7th
  • August 4th
  • Wednesday, September 9th
  • October 6th
  • November 3rd
  • December 1st

All meetings are open to members of the public under Michigan’s Open Meetings Act.

This notice is posted in compliance with Public Act 267 of 1976, as amended. The Open Meetings Act, MCL41.72a (2) (3) and the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Individuals with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids or services should contact Bessemer’s Clerk at 906-667-0333 at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting.

Latest Planning Commission Meetings

May 5th, 2020

Due to the Coronavirus and the CDC’s recommendation to limit groups over 10 people, the City of Bessemer will have a virtual meeting. All residents may call in and/ or email questions, complaints, and comments to Due to the new nature of the meeting, it will not be livestreamed, but we will post a […]


March 3rd, 2020


February 4th, 2020


January 7th, 2020