At its regular scheduled meeting May 19, 2016, the Planning Commission:

  • Conducted a public hearing and made recommendation to City Council regarding amendments to the sign ordinance;
  • Upheld the zoning administrator detemination on directional signs at 1050 Bay View Road; and
  • Recommended to City Council the top redevelopments sites in the City.


Brush Chipping

Brush Chipping and Disposal

The City will provide brush chipping on the first and third Monday of each month beginning in April 4, 2016 through November. Tree limbs and large brush should be placed along curb-lawn at residence and separated from other materials for collection. Brush piles must not exceed two cubic yards. Please Note: Tree limbs and brush will not be accepted at the City's Public Works Facility, located on Sheridan Street. Drop-off is available at the Emmet County Recycling Center. Please contact them at 231-348-0640 or visit their website at for more details.

 Yard Waste and Brush Pickup

 Small Yard Waste

The City will begin collecting small yard wastes (materials raked from yards, flowers, shrub clippings, etc.) weekly, every Thursday, beginning April 6, through June 1, 2017.

Please do not place small yard wastes loosely along streets or curb-and-gutter lines as they could be washed into storm sewers. Instead, place them in open, reusable containers that weigh less than 50 pounds. Such containers will be left behind by collectors. Please have yard waste placed within curb-lawn areas of rights-of-way no later than 8:00 A.M. on the day of collection. Grass clippings will not be picked up by collectors but can be delivered along with other small yard waste to the south side of Sheridan Street, directly across from the City's Public Works facility.

Meeting in regular session, Tuesday, September 19, 2017, the Downtown Management Board approved the 2018 Downtown Programs and Services budget and 2018 Parking Fund budget. The Board also considered a proposal from Marty Scott to add two new Downtown Management Board Committees.  The DMB will next meet on Tuesday, October 17.

Meeting in regular session Monday, September 11, 2017 the Parks and Recreation Commission heard an update on the Master Plan and updates from the Director concerning summer recreation participation, current and upcoming projects.  The Parks and Recreation Commission will next meet on October 9.

Meeting in special joint session, Monday, February 8, 2016, the Parks and Recreation Commission and Planning Commission heard a presentation on the updated Downtown Greenway Corridor Master Plan update and postponed making recommendations to City Council for approval.

The Parks and Recreation Commission then held their regular scheduled meeting after the presentation and heard Winter Carnival updates.

Meeting in regular session, Monday, February 20, 2017, City Council:

  • Heard a presentation by District Library Director Val Meyerson concerning the Petoskey District Library and reviewed highlights of 2016;
  • Discussed Walker Parking Study and directed staff to begin discussions with Emmet County;
  • Approved the City of Petoskey Economic Development Strategic Plan; and
  • Discussed a small distiller license application submitted by High Five Spirits, Alanson, to operate at 330 West Michigan Street.




On February 8, 2016 at 7:00 PM, a joint meeting of the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Planning Commission will be held in the main lobby of City Hall, 101 East Lake Street. The purpose of the meeting will be to review and comment on the amended Downtown Greenway Corridor Plan.

The 2015 winter property tax bills sent out on November 30, 2015 include the wrong year in the due date. The stated tax bill due date is "February 16, 2015" and the correct year is 2016. Tax bills for all jurisdictions in Emmet County include the misprint and the City is currently reviewing the matter. The tax bill is correct in all other respects. Please note the correction to the year and make payment from the tax bill as received. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Meeting in regular session, Tuesday, June 6, 2017, the Zoning Board of Appeals postponed action on a requested rear-yard variance by McLaren Northern Michigan due to insufficient notification of adjacent property owners.

As is a routine, annual procedure, the City Manager issued the City's proposed 2017 Annual Budget November 3 - that totals $34,589,100 - within all 15 City funds. City Council accepted the proposed budget at its November 7 meeting, and is expected to schedule a public hearing to receive comments concerning the proposal and recommended property-tax-millage rates for 2017. The proposed 2017 Annual Budget may be viewed at 2017 Annual Budget.

Veterans Memorial 10 09 15

The 2015 renovation of Vietnam Memorial Garden in Pennsylvania Park was made possible by Parks and Recreation staff along with donated materials and services from Jim Hoffman's Sons, Inc., Drost Landscape Design and Construction, and Richard M. Hoffman Landscaping, all of Petoskey, Northland Nursery, North Olive, Michigan, and an anonymous local donor.

Museum Garden 10 09 15  JC Penney Garden 10 09 15  Butterfly Garden 10 09 15


Thank you to the Petoskey Area Garden Club for the beautiful 2015 projects.

1. Renovation of the History Museum flowerbed and planters assisted by services donated by Drost Landscape Design and Construction.

2. Renovation of Mitchell Street and Howard Street planter assisted by services donated by Drost Landscape Design and Construction.

3. Donation of Butterfly Garden in the Bear River Valley Recreation Area.

4. Purchase and planting of hanging baskets on the Mitchell Street Bridge.

Meeting in regular session, Tuesday, December 15, 2015, the Downtown Management Board:

  • Further considered development of a formal event sponsorship policy, recommended the Marketing Committee review and tabled until a future meeting;
  • Approved a letter of support and a contribution amount of $2,000 toward a Rail Grant feasibility study for Ann Arbor to Traverse City and Petoskey; and
  • Approved an amount up to $10,000 from the Programs and Services Fund balance for 2016 Winter Carnival expenses.

Meeting in regular session, Tuesday, September 1, 2015, the Zoning Board of Appeals approved variance requests at 500 Rose Street.  ZBA will next meet in regular session, Tuesday, October 6.

Meeting in regular session, August 20, 2015, the Planning Commission:

  • Reviewed the 2016-2021 Capital Improvements Plan and recommended the plan to City Council;
  • Reviewed and commented on the City Council Action Plan;
  • Amended its meeting date for October;
  • Discussed a possible new district for institutional campuses; and
  • Received updates on the Downtown Greenway Corridor Plan workshops and the accessibility audit that was performed downtown.


Watershed Protection Brochure

Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council announced that they have a new publication on low-impact development techniques available for distribution. The publication is part of Little Traverse Bay Watershed: Stormwater Matters grant. The publication is titled "A Homeowner's Guide to Watershed Protection: Simple, practical, and water-friendly ways to protect Little Traverse Bay".  If you would like more information on the publication, please contact Tip of the Mitt at 231-347-1181.

Meeting in regular session, Tuesday, July 7, 2015, the Zoning Board of Appeals denied a variance request to allow use of the existing structure at 415 Liberty Street as a two family dwelling. The next regular meeting is scheduled for 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, August 4, 2015.

A grant from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, administered through the Emmet County Housing Council, to provide loans to home owners for assistance with repairs and improvements to their property has had its service area expanded city-wide.  Previously limited to the old Town Emmet Neighborhood, loans can now be provided to homeowners throughout the City of Petoskey that meet the eligibility guidelines.

The 0% interest loans are available to homeowners that have lived in their homes as least one year, are current on tax and insurance payments and meet the income criteria.  For more information, please contact Leslie Casselman at the Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency (NMCAA) at 231-947-3780 or 800-632-7334.

Click here to view the Homeowner Loan Program flyer.

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