Planning Commission

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The Planning Commission consists of nine residents who are appointed by the Mayor and approved by City Council, to serve a three-year term. Members shall be representative of important segments of the community such as the economic, educational, and social development of the local unit of government in accordance with the major interests as they exist in Berkley such as recreation, education, transportation, industry, and commerce. 

In accordance with state and city ordinances, the  Planning Commission is responsible for:

  • Drafting and adopting the city's master plan 
  • Reviewing and recommending approval of the city's Capital Improvement Plan in accordance 
  • Developing and updating Zoning text and map changes
  • Reviewing Special Land Use requests described in the zoning ordinance
  • Conducting Site Plan Reviews
PLANNING COMMISSIONERS HANDBOOK published by the Michigan Municipal League

The Planning Commission meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 7 PM at City Hall, 3338 Coolidge. There are currently no openings on the nine-member board. 

 Board Member  Term Expires
 Joseph Bartus
 July 2023
 Jeff Campbell  July 2022
 Kristen Kapelanski (Chairperson)
 July 2023
 Lisa Kempner  July 2022
 Greg Patterson   July 2021
 Mark Richardson  July 2022
 Martin J. Smith  July 2021
 Julie Stearn  July 2023
 Matthew Trotto  July 2021

Council Liaison: Ross Gavin
Staff Liaison: Erin Schlutow

To view the enabling legislation for the Planning Commission, click here. Questions or comments for the board can be directed to Community Development Director Erin Schlutow at or 248-658-3320.

Watch Meetings Live online!

Planning Commission meetings are televised live on Berkley's government access channel, WBRK (available for WOW and Comcast customers). 
*Work sessions & Joint Meetings are not recorded or televised.

If a meeting is currently in session, it will be streamed live below.

Watch Archived Meetings online!

Miss a meeting? You can view recorded meetings below. Click the  youtubeplaylistbutton  icon in the top right corner of the video to see the full list of available meetings. Recorded meetings are only available online from January 2015 - present.


The City of Berkley will provide necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services, such as signers for the hearing impaired and audiotapes of printed materials being considered at the meeting, to individuals with disabilities. For more information on this, or to request auxiliary aids or services, contact the city in writing or by phone at:

City Clerk's Office
Berkley City Hall
3338 Coolidge Hwy.
Berkley, MI 48072

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