The Planning and Zoning department has authority to regulate and control the development and use of property in Glen Arbor Township in order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.


Zoning Administrator

Timothy A. Cypher
Cypher Group Inc, P.O. Box 226, Lake Leelanau, MI 49653
PHONE: (231) 360-2557  FAX: (231) 334-6370
EMAIL: [email protected]

Planning Commission Meetings

All regular meetings of the Glen Arbor Township Planning Commission are held the first Thursday of the month at 7:30 PM in the Glen Arbor Town Hall Meeting Room, 6394 W. Western Ave. Glen Arbor, MI

Land Division

First Division Fee – $300.00
Each Additional Division Fee – $75.00 ea.
Land Division Application

Planning / Zoning

Zoning Board of Appeals Fee – $500.00
Zoning Review – $50 per parcel
• Application for rezoning, Variance & etc.


An Ordinance to establish land use and building occupancy districts in the Township of Glen Arbor, County of Leelanau, in accordance with the provisions of Act 184 of the Public Acts of 1943, as amended; to govern non-conforming land uses and building occupancy; to establish the office of Zoning Administrator and a Board of Appeals, and to define their respective duties and authority for the administration of This Ordinance, to define certain terms used herein, to provide for enforcement and to impose penalties for violation of This Ordinance.

Zoning Ordinances

Township Ordinances

Click to view the page with a listing of all Glen Arbor Township ordinances.

Zoning Map

Click here to view a PDF file of the Zoning Map for Glen Arbor Township.

Master Plan

The purpose of the Master Plan is to provide a vision for the physical development of the Township over the next thirty or more years. A Master Plan is the official policy guide for development in the Township, and as such it is important for the plan to be rooted in the opinions and perspectives of the people who live, work, and play in the Township. For this Master Plan, public input was received during a number of meetings and events held in the summer of 2014, along with input from local elected and appointed officials, created the foundation for the policies of the Plan.

The Master Plan identifies current trends and needs and presents recommendations for meeting those needs. The plan is the blueprint upon which future changes will be based. By using information gathered by traditional research methods coupled with significant input from residents, the Plan sets forth a vision for development in a manner that preserves all that is highly valued by those who live and visit Glen Arbor Township.

View Archived Master Plans from years past.

Public Participation - Appendix 1