City Planning Commission

The City Planning Commission provides recommendations to the City Council on the physical, social and economic development of the City including the Five-Year Capital Agenda, Master Plan, and other proposals and ordinances for the regulation of development and land use, as required by the City Charter. The City Council may adopt the recommendations or reject them. The CPC also conducts public hearings on proposed map amendments (rezonings) and text amendments to the Zoning Ordinance. These amendments are typically requested by developers, but changes are also initiated by residents, other city departments, and CPC staff.

The City Planning Commission consists of nine (9) members who are appointed by the City Council to three-year terms. Members serve without pay and must be residents of Detroit. Learn more about the Commission and its members on the About the City Planning Commission page.


The Detroit City Planning Commission is seeking qualified individuals to join City Government and contribute to Detroit's continued resurgence. The Commission fulfills the requirements of the Planning Enabling and Zoning Enabling Acts of the State of Michigan and the City Charter, while serving as an advisory body to the City Council on all land use and development matters, including, but not limited to zoning, the master plan, community/economic development and Community Development Block Grant.

The Commission is seeking highly motivated candidates to fill three city planner vacancies: entry/junior, intermediate, and senior. Applicants should have broad land use planning and design review expericence, excellent research/analytical abilities, as well as oral/written communication skills. Additional capacities in the areas of architecture, landscape architecture, graphic design, social media, urban agriculture, or Geographic Information Systems are also desirable. The Position requires being able to work with community groups throughout the City and a sensitivity to community redevelopment issues.

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in urban planning or related field, with a master's degree being preferred. Although not required, Detroit residency is desired.

These are appointed positions with full benefits. Salaries are dependent upon education and experience as follows:

 - Entry/Junior - $37,858.00 to $52,987.00 with 0 to 2 years of experience

 - Intermediate - $53,806.00 to $72,214.00 with 3 to 8 years of experience

 - Senior - $68,184.00 to $87,884.00 with 9 plus years of experience

For consideration, submit your resume, together with the names of at least three professional references as well as writing samples and other materials in support of your candidacy to:

Marcell R. Todd, Jr., Director

[email protected]

City Planning Commission

208 Coleman A. Young Municipal Center

Detroit, Michigan 48226

For complete job descriptions, please click these links:

  Planner I      Planner II      Planner III    

Submissions will be accepted through 5:00PM EST Friday, October 22, 2021. The City of Detroit is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.


The City Planning Commission is pleased to announce the start of an important project called ZoneDetroit. The project is led by an experienced team of planners from the City Planning Commission staff, supported by an expert team of consultants. ZoneDetroit will modernize the existing Zoning Ordinance, providing an opportunity to refresh and rethink the existing regulations. ZoneDetroit will engage the community as part of the process to ensure local values and preferences are reflected in the finished product. For additional information, please visit the project website:

City Council President
City Council Pro Tem