Planning Services

Below are our most commonly requested documents:

Canton's Planning Division is part of the Municipal Services Department.  To learn more about MSD and what it does, click here.


Planning Services is a Division of the Municipal Services Department. Responsibilities include:

  • Long-range land use planning
  • Zoning code administration
  • Review and approval of new Condominiums and Subdivisions.
  • Working closely with the Planning Commission and Township Board to shape and define the vision of the community. Planning also assists in economic development activities by facilitation new business and industry through management and the development review process.
  • Site Plan Review of commercial, industrial and multiple-family residential sites.

Comprehensive Land Use Plan

The Comprehensive Plan is a general, long-range "blue-print" for development which promotes high-quality orderly growth for Canton Township.

Zoning and Development Regulations

Canton’s Zoning Ordinance regulates the use of land and structures and provides for the regulation of land development and the establishment of districts. The Condominium and Subdivision ordinances regulate the development of new subdivisions and site Condominiums.


Planning Services is responsible for ensuring compliance with the landscape plan for developments throughout the construction process.

  • A plan typically includes all common areas, entryways, berms, and detention pond landscaping.
  • Street trees in front of residential property are the homeowners responsibility to maintain and/or replace if necessary.
  • The common elements of residential developments become the responsibility of the homeowner association to maintain.

Additional education materials for those interested in learning about invasive plant species in Michigan and native prairie plants can be found on Michigan State Extension site.