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.

The City of Petoskey is interested in selling a property it owns on Washington Street for single family construction. Interested parties should submit proposals consistent with the requirements of the RFP found HERE.

Meeting in regular session, June 11, 2015, the Planning Commission approved a historic sign for 316 East Mitchell Street and scheduled a public hearing for proposed sign ordinance amendments. The Commission will next meet at 7:00 P.M., Thursday, July 16.

Meeting in regular session, Tuesday, March 17, the Downtown Management Board:

  • Approved four facade grants totaling $20,000 to be funded by the 2015 Facade Improvement Grant Program;
  • Accepted Dave Carlson as a volunteer to work with the Downtown Director on refining the Public Art Plan draft; and
  • Tabled a request from the Petoskey Rocks Committee for funds to purchase an outdoor movie screen entertainment system.

Meeting in regular session, Monday, January 18, 2016, City Council:

  • Appointed Alan Terry, Clerk-Treasurer, to the Harbor-Petoskey Area Airport Authority Board for a four-year term ending December 2019;
  • Adopted a resolution approving a Memorandum of Understanding concerning the donation of a Hemingway statue;
  • Adopted a resolution authorizing to contract with LC United Painting Company, Sterling Heights, to rehabilitate the US-131 elevated water tower at a cost of $267,400; and
  • Adopted a resolution authorizing to contract with Payne & Dolan, Inc., Gaylord, for street resurfacing projects for $505,340.55.

The Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 17, 2015, has been canceled due to a lack of agenda items.  The next Planning Commission meeting is scheduled for 7:00 P.M., Thursday, October 8 in the City Hall Community Room.


The Emmet County Land Bank Authority is working with the City of Petoskey to promote new home construction in the Old Town Emmet Neighborhood.  Proposals are requested from interested parties to construct a home on property the Land Bank Authority owns on Petoskey Street.  Details and requirements of the proposals can be found HERE.  The deadline for submittals is April 3, 2015 at 5:00 P.M.


Meeting in special joint session, Thursday, January 8, 2015, City Council and Planning Commission both reviewed and adopted the 2014 update to the City Master Plan.

At its February 19, 2015 regular meeting, the Planning Commission reviewed first draft of Non-motorized Facilities Plan, approved MDOT request to revise site plan at 630 West Mitchell Street and postponed review and discussion of Single Family District amendments.  The Commission will next meet in special sessions, Thursday, March 12.


Wills Parade of Flags 2014

The City was well represented by City Councilmember Jeremy Wills at the 2014 Michigan Municipal League Convention in Marquette, October 14-17, 2014.  The City participated in the Parade of Flags and Councilmember Wills attended several sessions and reported information back to Council at their October 20 meeting.

As is a routine, annual procedure, the Acting City Manager issued the City's proposed 2015 Annual Budget October 30 - that totals $26,685,700 - within all 16 City funds. The City Council will accept the proposed budget at its November 3 meeting, and is expected to schedule a public hearing to receive comments concerning the proposal and recommended property-tax-millage rates for 2015. The proposed 2015 Annual Budget may be viewed at 2015 Annual Budget.

Meeting in regular session, Thursday, February 26, 2015, the Petoskey District Library Board decided to continue offering non-resident cards to people outside of the City and the two contracted townships.  The Board will next meet in regular session Thursday, March 26.

Meeting in regular session, Tuesday, January 6, 2015, the Zoning Board of Appeals approved a lot coverage variance at 627 State Street for the construction of an attached single-story garage.  ZBA will next meet at 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, February 3, 2015.

Yoshikazu Komai, Harishuge Hirayama, Isamu Onisi and Sunao Kunitomo visited Petoskey this past week from Petoskey's sister city of Takashima, Japan.  These delegates were hosted by area residents Herb Carlson, Sharon Schappacher and Joel and Dorothy Wurster and family.  Delegates and host families attended a reception at City Hall Monday, August 25, 2014, to exchange gifts on behalf of their communities.  Michigan has long maintained a sister-state relationship with Shiga Prefecture, Japan, intended to support international friendship and understanding.

Meeting in regular session, Thursday, November 13, 2014, the Planning Commission discussed information provided on the Emmet County Target Market Analysis and continued its review of the single family zoning district provisions for lot coverage and accessory buildings.

Meeting in regular session, Monday, March 2, 2015, City Council:

  • Heard a presentation by Director of Public Safety John Calabrese concerning the Department of Public Safety Honor's Board authorizing awards to Officers and citizens for meritorious service;
  • Discussed and accepted an Ernest Hemingway statue donation by Mr. Robert Dau;
  • Heard a proclamation from Mayor Fraser declaring the month of April to be "Sexual Assault Awareness" month requested by the Women's Resource Center; and
  • Adopted a resolution authorizing to recess to a closed session pursuant to Section 8(c) of the Open Meetings Act for discussion connected with the negotiation of a collective bargaining agreement.

2015 season launch passes are now available at City Hall. $25.00 for annual pass, $20.00 for seniors and $5 for a daily pass.  The Marina and launch ramp are now open.  However, during the early season, staff is out and about preparing for the season. It is best to call ahead or hail on channel 16. Dockage, fuel, ice, & pumpouts are available. Please call City Hall or email the Department of Parks and Recreation staff with any questions regarding the Marina at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Meeting in regular session, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, the Zoning Board of Appeals renewed a temporary use permit for one year to allow the use of 900 Emmet Street as a farmer's market. The Board also approved updated bylaws and appointed Noah Marshall-Rashid as Chairperson.

Meeting in regular session, January 11, 2016, the Parks and Recreation Commission:

  • Re-elected Roy Pulaski as Chairperson and Amy McMullen as Vice-Chairperson;
  • Heard  Winter Sports Park and Carnival updates;
  • Heard an update on Phase II of the Downtown Greenway Corridor Plan and that the Commission will review at their February 8 meeting; 
  • Reviewed the Non-motorized Facilities Plan;
  • Received information on the Wolverine Run Inline Stage Race Event; and
  • Heard 2016 project updates concerning the marina re-decking project and lighted tennis court renovation project.

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