Planning & Performance Improvement

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the Ottawa County Planning Commissioners and what do they do?

Information about the Planning Commission, its Members, as well as their responsibilities and accomplishments can obtained from the Planning Commission page.

What is Ottawa County's population and what are the projections for future population growth?

The 2010 U.S. Census population for Ottawa County was 263,801. For the latest population estimates and population growth projections for Ottawa County and its local units of government, please refer to the County Statistics page.

When are County Planning Commission Meetings held?

Ottawa County Planning Commission meetings are held on the 4th Monday of every other month in the Board Room of the Ottawa County Fillmore Street Complex in West Olive.

The Planning Commission meeting schedule and agendas can be obtained from the Meeting Minutes and Agendas page.

When are local unit of government Planning Commission meetings held?

The standard location, time, and date for each local Planning Commission meeting can be obtained from the Local Unit of Government Planning Commissions listing.

Where can I review local unit of government's master plans and zoning ordinances?

City, village, and township Master Plans and Zoning Ordinances can be reviewed at any respective local city, township, or village office.

Additionally, the Ottawa County Department of Planning and Performance Improvement maintains a Planning Resource Library that contains local unit of government master plans and zoning ordinances*, as well as a variety of planning reports, studies, periodicals, and reference books that are available for the public to review. Visitors to the library can watch educational videos and listen to audio presentations, make copies of interesting articles and planning documents, and check out a variety of planning materials. The online library allows visitors to search for planning documents by author, title, and subject, as well as by key words. The Planning Resource Library lists most available resources.

* The copies of master plans and zoning ordinances in the Planning Resource Library may not be as up-to-date as are copies on file at the respective local unit of government.

Where can I obtain geographic information system (GIS) maps of Ottawa County?

Copies of GIS maps for Ottawa County can be obtained by contacting the Ottawa County GIS Department by phone at (616) 738-4600.

Where can I obtain a building permit?

Building permits can be requested by contacting the responsible local unit of government.


  • Paul Sachs, Director
  • 12220 Fillmore St
    Room 260
    West Olive, MI 49460
  • Phone: (616) 738-4852
    FAX: (616) 738-4625
  • Monday - Friday:
    8:00am - 5:00pm