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.

2022 Year End Report

2021 Year End Report

2020 Year End Report

2019 Year End Report

2018 Year End Report

2017 Year End Report

Zoning Ordinance & Permits

Board Members

  • Peter Tacconelli (council appointee)
  • George Beninghaus
  • Judy Palmateer
  • Richard Babbitt
  • Vacant

If you are interested in being on the board, download our application and send it in! You can find our Rules of Order here

Planning Commission Meeting Schedule for 2024

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

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

Joint Meeting 2.20.24

A special joint meeting of the City Council and all of the commissions within Bessemer to discuss Robert’s Rules of Order and the Open Meetings Act. Edit 2/23/24: To view the presentation that was shown, click here.



Regular meeting of the Planning Commission



Regular meeting of the Planning Commission.



Regular meeting of the Planning Commission