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Michigan Zoning Database

Planning and zoning for renewable energy siting is an important step toward creating stronger, more resilient communities. Many of the 1,856 jurisdictions in the state have already given consideration to clean energy (wind energy or solar energy) in their zoning ordinances. The information collected in this database shows which communities include clean energy in their zoning ordinance and which do not. 


Madeleine Krol, University of Michigan

Julie Staveland, EGLE

Database Overview

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
  • Which level of government has zoning authority and a link to each zoning ordinance
  • Demographic and geographic information about each community
  • Information on characteristics commonly found in principal-use solar energy zoning regulations

The database includes different tabs. Please refer to the "About" tab for instructions on how to interpret the data and use the website. The "Data" tab allows you to filter and download data. You may also find the "Maps" tab with its interactive maps 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 Madeleine Krol at the University of Michigan's Graham Sustainability Institute.