The following information provides an overview of the various boards, commissions and committees that exist within the City of Novi. These bodies provide an opportunity for citizens to participate in their local government and at the same time help to insure that the Novi City Council receives a broad spectrum of public input. Citizen involvement in local affairs is essential in keeping the city responsive to the needs of its citizens.
Anyone interested in applying for membership to Novi's boards, commissions or committees should complete an application and return it to the City Clerk's office. The application is then forwarded to City Council for their review and eventual appointment decision.
Application for City Boards and Commissions listed below:
Second Monday of each month at 4:00pm
Novi Civic Center
Meetings run approximately one hour, depending on agenda.
Barbara A. Greenberg
What is a Rain Garden? It is a garden constructed to direct rain runoff from hard surfaces such as roofs, driveways and lawns .In a unique partnership, Michigan State University Tollgate Extension Center and the City of Novi created a Demonstration Rain Garden. The purpose of the Demonstration Rain Garden is to set an example for other businesses, homeowners and communities who may be interested in creating on of their own. Novi's Demonstration Rain Garden was awarded the Michigan Plaque by Keep Michigan Beautiful as a leader in beautifying Michigan.
Second week in March for three to five days
Meetings run from 9:00am to 6:00pm daily, depending on the agenda. This is the only board that is compensated. One of the sessions will meet from 1:00pm to 9:00pm. The Board will also meet for one morning in July and December for corrections to the assessment roll.
Beverly A. Valente
Three years (residents)
Two years (City staff)
Scheduled by the chairperson
Meetings run approximately two hours, depending on agenda.
On call, scheduled by the chairperson on as needed basis
David M. Byrwa
John E. Enkemann
Meets annually as required
Peter E. Auger
Meetings run approximately an hour, depending on agenda.
Maryanne Cornelius, City Clerk
Fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm
Julie Farkas, Library Director
Betty Lang, Librarian
William J. Lawler
Third Wednesday at 7:00pm
Meetings run approximately two hours
Paul S. Funk
Julie Farkas, Library Director
Held the third Thursday of every month at 7:00pm
Meetings run approximately three hours, depending on agenda.
Charles A. Staab
Hideki "Harry" Torimoto
Harold “Butch” Wingfield
Second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm
Meetings run approximately four hours, depending on agenda.
Robert J. Giacopetti
Michael J. Lynch
The Planning Commission consists of seven members appointed by the Mayor with the approval of City Council. It is the function and duty of the Planning Commission to prepare a Master Plan For Land Use and to advise the City Council in regard to the proper development of the City of Novi. The Planning Commission reviews and recommends to City Council all requests for change in zoning and ordinance text amendments. The commission also reviews and approves industrial, commercial and residential development site plans within the City.
Planning Commission Agendas/Minutes.
Planning Commission Annual Report for 2012
The Public Access Promotion Committee is comprised of three members and serves as a resource to the Southwest Oakland Cable Commission (SWOCC) in promoting access usage and access channel viewership in the Novi community. Functions include, but are not limited to:
Youth Council is comprised of 21 members, entering freshman and older.
Click here for more information on Youth Council.
Three years for six regular members
One year for Council-appointed member of the Planning Commission to the ZBA
Second Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm
David M. Byrwa
Siddharth Mav Sanghvi
The Zoning Board of Appeals is comprised of seven members and one alternate appointed by City Council. One of the seven members of the Zoning Board of Appeals shall be a member of the Planning Commission. The board authorizes use in a zoning district in which it is not otherwise permitted, provided it is clearly shown that the land cannot be utilized for a zoned use. The board is empowered to act on matters where these zoning ordinance provides for administrative review, interpretation, exception or special approval permit, and to author a variance as defined in section 3104 of the Zoning Ordinance and Laws of the State of Michigan.
Zoning Board of Appeals Agendas/Minutes.
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