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Planning Department

Mission Statement

Properly managed growth and development which protects the health and welfare of residents and the environment in which they live is essential to the sustainability of a strong and viable community. The mission of the Planning Department is to assist the Tribal Council in the reacquisition of lands within and around the Isabella Reservation, to diversify the tribal economy, to provide decent and affordable housing to members within the community, to help design and manage needed construction projects as part of a team effort (including code compliance and inspection services as outlined in the tribal building code), to maintain and implement an effective transportation program within the Reservation, to oversee environmental protection efforts on lands within the Tribe's jurisdiction, and to implement the community's vision regarding its future growth and development as defined in the most recently adopted Strategic and Community Master Plans (including the implementation and enforcement of related codes and ordinance). In addition, the Planning Department serves as a community development information clearinghouse and represents tribal interests as directed by Council on various boards and agencies related to community and economic development activities.


  • If you are a casual visitor and would like more information about our activities, call (989) 775-4014
  • If you have questions about wildlife and natural resources or hunting, fishing, trapping please contact the Wildlife Biologist, Heather Shaw at 989-775-4146.
  • If you would like more information pertaining to environmental issues faced by the tribe, contact Environmental Specialist at (989) 775-4015 , Water Quality Specialist at (989) 775-4016, or Environmental Response Program Specialist at (989)775-4081
  • If you would like more information regarding the tribal building code , inspections, and the permit program contact Ed Howard at (989) 775-4159 or Kim Otto McCoy, Admin. Asst. II at (989) 775-4014.
  • If you are a tribal member, employee, or servicing contractor seeking the actual guidelines and permits, related to the tribal Building code, click the appropriate links on the left.

Planning News

Bid Solicitation: Construction Engineering Services Streambank Restoration Deerfield Township
Published: 6/16/2016 12:00:00 PM - Planning

Bids are currently being accepted from Thursday June 16, 2016 to Friday July 1, 2016
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Sea Lamprey Control Planned for Local Rivers
Published: 5/6/2016 9:00:00 AM - Planning

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel will apply lampricides to the Chippewa and Pine River systems in Isabella and Midland Counties to kill sea lamprey larvae burrowed in the stream bottom.
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Bid Solicitation: Wildlife Habitat Enhancement
Published: 5/6/2016 8:00:00 AM - Planning

Bids are currently being accepted from Thursday May 5, 2016 to Monday May 16, 2016
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