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by Trudy Galla
Tuesday, March 14, 2017


Are you interested in being a member of a new Housing Action Committee

The Leelanau County Planning Commission is accepting applications for appointment to this new Committee.  This new Committee will be comprised of representatives from such groups as:  real estate, developers, young families, businesses, senior citizens, local government, non-profits, and investors.

The overall role for the Committee is to identify resources, create partnerships, educate the public, reach out to developers, support village/township efforts, provide zoning review, propose zoning changes, ensure timely inspections, explore programs and opportunities (available through the Land Bank, tax incentives, PILTs, grant dollars, and MSHDA/HUD), and may apply for certification as a ‘Redevelopment Ready Community (RRC)’.

Interested applicants should contact the Planning Department at 231-256-9812 or email: for an application, or more information.  Or, click here for application. 

Applications will be accepted until 5:00 pm on Monday, April 17.  Return completed applications by one of the following methods: 

  • Fax:  256-0174
  • Mail to:  Leelanau County Planning Commission, 8527 E. Government Center Dr., SUITE 108, Suttons Bay MI 49682.
by Trudy Galla
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Presentation on Saving Birds Through Habitat - a presentation by Kay Charter, along with information provided by several local agencies.  This presentation will highlight why there is declining bird and pollinator populations, and what can be done - even in your own backyard!  


April 12, at Noon (lasting till about 1:30 pm)

Lower Level of the Leelanau County Government Center

$10 cost, bring your own bag lunch.   Everyone Welcome!

Registration is through the Leelanau Conservation District – 231-256-9783, or

A little information from Kay Charter:

“According to the 2016 State of the Birds Report, more than one third of North America’s bird populations are at risk of extinction, including popular families like orioles and warblers.  It is widely known that we are also losing our bees, butterflies and other pollinators.  Join Kay Charter for an engaging presentation about the cause of these declines, and how we can help reverse the trends.   Prior to Charter’s presentation, several agencies will present an overview of what is happening throughout the county regarding habitat issues.”


by Laurel Evans
Friday, February 17, 2017

Please click Here for more information on the Leelanau County Veterans Memorial and how you or a loved one's name can be added to the Walls of Honor or how to purchase a Memorial Brick.

The deadline for inclusion prior to the Memorial Day Ceremony to be held on Monday, May 30, 2017, is Monday, April 24, 2017.

by Trudy Galla
Monday, February 6, 2017

Leelanau County and the Solid Waste Council are pleased to announce that the Elmwood Township Recycling Site on E. Cherry Bend Rd., will soon change to smaller, more convenient recycling bins.

The new containers are red, and they are designed to be more user friendly for residents with ease of accessibility for the material that the residents drop off. The containers are designed in a more efficient way which allows the containers to be emptied on a scheduled basis, and also reduces the carbon footprint for the future.

These smaller, red containers will appear at the site in Elmwood Township starting the week of February 13.

Leelanau County households can still recycle the same materials with these red containers, such as: paper, newspaper, cardboard, plastics, tin/metal, and glass. All materials need to be clean, flattened and placed inside the containers. The sites are for household recycling ONLY – businesses need to contact local haulers to arrange for pickup.

Citizens are reminded that materials are NOT to be left on the ground at any site. If containers are full, do not unload materials – take them to another site or return on a different day. Materials NOT on the list on the side of the containers are NOT accepted. The use of the recycling containers is limited to households in Leelanau County. Please keep all recycling sites clean and attractive for the community.

Containers supplied by American Waste.

by Lyn Drzewiecki
Monday, November 7, 2016

For the results of the November General Election, please click here.

by Laurel Evans
Thursday, October 27, 2016

Leelanau County Flags are now available for purchase.

For more information, please contact Bay Supply Marketing

by Laurel Evans
Thursday, October 6, 2016

The Adopted Leelanau County Budget for 2017 is available in its entirety -

by Trudy Galla
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Are you a Contractor interested in bidding on housing projects for rehabilitation of Leelanau County homes?  

Leelanau County has funds from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) for low-interest Loans for home repairs such as: new siding, insulation, windows, doors, well, septic, flooring, plumbing, roofs, electrical, etc.

Contractors selected to work on any of these projects must be licensed and insured.  Women & minority subcontractors and contractors are encouraged to participate.  

These housing projects usually involve a mandatory walk-thru for interested contractors, with sealed bids submitted a few days after the walk-thru.  

Call 231-256-9812 or email for more information and to get on the bidder's list.  Information and forms also available to register as a Section 3 Contractor.

Leelanau County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

by Trudy Galla
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The newly updated Leelanau County Transportation Map is now available!  

Maps are available for $2.00 each (if mailed, postage is extra) and can be purchased at the Leelanau County Planning & Community Development Department, and County Clerk’s office at 8527 E. Government Center Dr., Suttons Bay MI 49682, or call 231-256-9812.

Special thanks to staff of the Leelanau County Equalization Department, and the Planning & Community Development Department for updating the digital files and all data on the map, as well as the Leelanau County Road Commission for their work reviewing and proofing the map.  The map was printed by the Leelanau Enterprise.

by Sherry Nedow
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Please click here for election results

by Trudy Galla
Thursday, January 7, 2016

Recycling Update:  


Glass is now collected with all Materials

The Leelanau County Solid Waste Council announces that ‘Glass’ is now being collected in the same large green containers with the cardboard, paper, plastics, tin and metal.  This is for ALL Leelanau County recycling sites. Glass will no longer be collected separately.

Please remember the use of the recycling containers is limited to households in Leelanau County.    Households outside of Leelanau County, and ALL businesses, need to contact their local waste haulers for options on recycling.   

Also, residents are not to open or enter the recycling bins.  

Please keep all recycling sites clean and attractive for the community.   Deposit ONLY clean paper, cardboard, plastics, tin, metal and glass in the containers and  help keep the grounds clean and free of any material.

Report violations to 231-256-9812.

Sponsored by:  Leelanau County Solid Waste Council.   

by Matt Ansorge
Monday, August 17, 2015


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Friday, Aug. 14, 2015

Gov. Rick Snyder adds Leelanau County to disaster declaration to help with storm damage

Leelanau County leaders request assistance to help residents, businesses

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today directed the Michigan State Police to amend a recent disaster declaration for Grand Traverse County to include Leelanau County after severe thunderstorms caused widespread damage in both counties on Aug. 2.

"Last week’s severe storms took a toll on homes, businesses, public roads and public buildings throughout Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties," Snyder said. "As more information has come in about lingering impact, we are striving to help Leelanau County to ensure residents and businesses there have the resources they need to recover as quickly as possible."

Leelanau County requested a governor’s declaration after determining local resources are insufficient to address the situation and state assistance is required to protect public health, safety and property to lessen or avert the threat of a crisis.

The Michigan Emergency Management Act allows the director of the Michigan State Police, or his or her designee, to amend a declaration with the concurrence of the governor.

Communities in both counties have been coping with widespread and severe damage resulting from the storms, including an extraordinarily large amount of fallen tree debris. Efforts have been underway by local communities to stabilize structures and remove debris to ensure public health and safety.

The declaration for Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties ensures all possible state resources will be provided to support local recovery efforts.

The governor’s declaration authorizes the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division to coordinate state response and recovery efforts. The State Emergency Operations Center has been activated to coordinate these efforts since Aug. 11.


by Laurel Evans
Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The results of the August 4, 2015, Special Election can be accessed by clicking here

by Ron Plamondon
Friday, May 30, 2014

We are in the process of implementing the Leelanau County Web Site.  We will be continuing to improve the content on the new site and hope to have as much historical data as possible. Additional features are currently underway and will be announced as they are rolled out.  Thank you for your patience as we add these new features.

In order to insure that the web site displays information properly, you should clear the history in your internet browser.  In Internet Explorer you clear the history in Internet Options under Tools.  In Firefox you clear the history in the Privacy tab under Options, and in Google Chrome you clear the history in History under Options.

The Search option will not function correctly until the Google Search Engine has finished indexing our new web site.  The search option right now will still display our old site information and will not find the proper page due to the conversion.  I will post an update once the search has been reindexed to the new data.