Planning and zoning for renewable energy siting is an important step toward creating stronger, more resilient communities. Of the 1,856 jurisdictions in the state, around half have already given consideration to clean energy (wind energy, solar energy, or electric vehicle infrastructure) in their zoning ordinances, and that number continues to grow.

 

Zoning database

Zoning jurisdiction map

Wind energy zoning map

Solar energy zoning map

Michigan Zoning Database

The Michigan Zoning Database is a free resource for elected officials, government employees, planners, developers, and Michigan residents. Please explore and share.

From the data collected here, you will learn:

  • Which communities have considered renewable energy in their zoning ordinances
  • In which communities utility-scale wind and solar projects are located
  • Which level of government has zoning authority and a link to each zoning ordinance
  • Demographic and geographic information about each community

The database includes numerous tabs. Please refer to the "Overview" tab first for instructions on how to interpret the data and use the tool. You may also find the "Definitions" tab especially useful.

The database is frequently updated as more data is collected. If you find any errors in the data, have new zoning ordinances, or have any questions about the data, please contact:

Dr. Sarah Mills
Graham Sustainability Institute, University of Michigan
sbmills@umich.edu, 734-763-0726