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Community Development


The Community Development Department (CDD) is the principal advisor to the city manager, City Council, Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Economic Development Corporation and Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and other departments on municipal operations related to:
  • Land use
  • Zoning
  • Economic development
  • Capital improvements
  • Strategic and vision planning
  • Code enforcement

CDD also directs the daily activities of the building and engineering departments and advises other departments with grant preparation, general planning and zoning, recreation planning, public safety and  code enforcement, and development.


The Planning Commission advises City Council on land use matters and maintains the Master Plan and Zoning Ordinance. Authorization is provided through local ordinance and the Michigan Planning Enabling Act Public Act 33 of 2008 to function in the following capacities.

  • Formulation of the Zoning Ordinance and Amendments
  • Site plan review
  • Special land use review
  • Planned development review
  • Formulation of a Master Plan
  • Review of matters referred by City Council
  • Report on the operation of the Zoning Ordinance
  • Report on operation of the Zoning Ordinance
The navigation side bar links to the Planning Commission applications, fee schedule and checklists; Master Plan; Zoning Ordinance; Code of Ordinances; and federal, state and county agencies.


The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) interprets the Zoning Ordinance may allow deviation from strict application of its regulations. ZBA performs duties and exercises powers as provided in the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act (P.A. 110 of 2006, as amended). The ZBA’s primary functions include:

Appeals. The ZBA is authorized to hear and decide appeals where it is alleged that there is an error in any order, requirement, permit, decision, or refusal made by an administrative official, office, department, board, commission, or enforcement office.

Variances. The ZBA is authorized to grant a variance from the strict application of the provisions of this ordinance.

Interpretation. The ZBA is authorized to interpret boundaries of zoning districts as presented in the official zoning map.

Exceptions. The ZBA is authorized to hear and decide requests for exceptions to the Ordinance as provided for within the Ordinance.

ZBA decisions may be appealed to the Wayne County Circuit Court within thirty days of recording of a decision. The navigation side bar links to the ZBA application, fee schedule and checklists and the Zoning Ordinance.


The Community Development Director, Building Official, City Clerk, City Planner, and other designated City officials and duly authorized representatives shall administer actions necessary for the implementation of zoning regulations.

The Community Development Director is responsible for overall administration of the Master Plan and Zoning Ordinance and coordinates with the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals.

The Building Official advises CDD staff on site plan matters, may assist applicants with application procedures, issues building or other permits when applicable ordinances are met, issues certificates of occupancy and certificates of compliance in cooperation with the Community Development Director, inspects land use and building improvements for ordinance compliance, investigates alleged violations and proceeds with appropriate corrective measures.

The City Clerk publishes notices required by zoning regulations and records official minutes of all meetings of the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals.

The City Planner may prepare and administer plans and ordinances, advise and assist the City Council, Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals and other City bodies or officials, provide citizens and public officials with relevant information, review site plan and special land use applications and draft ordinance amendments.


The City of Riverview annually determines projects and funding amounts pursuant to Federal guidelines. Projects must meet at least one of the following objectives:

  • To provide benefits of using CDBG funding directly to persons of low and moderate income and/or to areas where 51% of the residents are of low and moderate income.
  • To facilitate and/or support private (re)investment and development within Riverview.
  • To reduce negative environmental impacts.
  • To conserve and improve older housing.
  • To maintain a high level of performance in the management of all CDBG and non-federally funded programs, while offsetting administrative costs to the General Fund.
  • To improve park facilities.
  • To provide services to senior citizens and other specifically identified groups of residents as defined by Federal law.
  • To comply with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as they apply to public places and services.

A public hearing is typically conducted in January to receive public comment regarding proposed projects prior to final submission to Wayne County.


The City of Riverview offers the Housing Rehabilitation Program through CDBG funding and direction of Wayne County. The program is designed to assist Riverview residents in a low- to moderate- income range with funding for home improvements. The city is not currently accepting applications.   Please contact Wayne County directly to apply 


Section 8 housing requests are no longer processed by the City of Riverview. Please call 517-373-9344 for more information or click on one of the following web links.

Program for 1st time home buyers in Wayne County, this is a seminar and PDF

.Wayne County Home Buyers Program PDF


The code enforcement officer is responsible for code violations on personal property or emanating from such property. Code enforcement asks that complaints contain street address and other pertinent information related to the alleged violation. Complaints or questions can be directed to the code enforcement officers below. The navigation side bar links to code enforcement information and educational material.

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