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by Trudy Galla
Friday, March 16, 2018

The DEQ is hosting an informational meeting on Monday, March 19, 2018 in the Leelanau County Governmental Center (Lower Level) at 3:00 pm to answer any questions that local officials may have on the Special Flood Hazard Areas in Leelanau County, and the new or updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM).  This session will be presented by Sue Conradson of the DEQ.  You are welcome to attend and get answers to general questions you may have on flood mapping, flood insurance or building requirements for building in floodplain areas.  

(Note:  Kasson Township does NOT have any areas mapped.)

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  Link to the Invitation.

 RSVPs will help us with setup of the room. Please RSVP to or 231-256-9812.


by Trudy Galla
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Please join the Leelanau County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (LCBRA) for a Luncheon and Brownfield Informational Session on Tuesday, March 20th at the Community Meeting Room in the lower level of the Government Center.

Come and learn about the available grant dollars, other potential funding sources, and projects completed throughout the county.

Leelanau County currently has over 120 sites with known contamination, and there are undoubtedly countless others. This funding provides the opportunity to understand the risks that site contamination may pose to human health and the environment and to develop a plan to mitigate those risks. This may be useful in supporting a pending or future sale of a contaminated property, or perhaps there are real or perceived environmental concerns that are affecting the marketability of a site.

FREE Lunch & Presentation: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm  (Lunch courtesy of the presenters)

Location: 8527 E. Government Center Dr.

(Between Lake Leelanau & Suttons Bay on the north side of M-204.)


RSVP by March 13th by calling the Leelanau County Planning and Community Development office at (231) 256-9812 or email

Everyone Welcome!

by Trudy Galla
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
  • Wednesday, April 18 – 12 Noon, lower level of the Government Center

Kick-off of ‘Leelanau Native Plants Initiative’

Leelanau County high school students have spent the winter learning about losses in our avian and pollinator populations. They will present suggestions how we can all become involved in solutions to reverse declines in our bird and pollinator populations. 

Includes short presentations by Katie Grzesiak, Invasive Species Coordinator and Kay Charter, Executive Director of Saving birds Thru Habitat (SBTH).  

FREE.  Everyone Welcome

(Bring a sack lunch) 

by Laurel Evans
Monday, March 12, 2018

The Leelanau County Top 10 Points of Pride is located below -

Leelanau County Top 10 Points of Pride, 2017-18

by Laurel Evans
Monday, March 12, 2018

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 purchasing a brick prior to the Memorial Day Ceremony to be held on Monday, May 28, 2018, is Thursday, Thursday, April 12, 2018.

The deadline for inclusion on the Wall of Honor prior to the Memorial Day Ceremony to be held on Monday, May 28, 2018, is Thursday, April 26, 2018.

by Trudy Galla
Saturday, March 10, 2018

Saturday, May 19, 8 am to 2pm

Government Center Parking Lot

The 1st Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and Electronics collection will be held on Saturday, May 19 at the Leelanau County Goverment Center parking lot.

Appointments are REQUIRED.  Call 256-9812 or email to schedule an appointment.

Click here for a list of acceptable items, and to see all collection days for 2018.

by Laurel Evans
Friday, March 2, 2018

The Leelanau County Administrator's Office is accepting applications from County Veterans for this season's Honor Flight. Preference will be given to Veterans of World War II, the Korean Conflict and potentially the Vietnam War.

Please contact Chet Janik for more information - 231-256-8100.

by Laurel Evans
Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners Approved a Resolution in Appreciation of First Responders

by Laurel Evans
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Veterans Affairs Office has announced a new, free program available for eligible Veterans who are experiencing hearing loss issues; more information on the Heroes With Hearing Loss Program can be obtained by visiting the Veterans Affairs page -

by John Gallagher III
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Leelanau County Treasurer: Keeping families in their homes is my top priority

As Leelanau County Treasurer, keeping families in their homes is one of my top priorities. Over the past several years, we have worked hard to prevent tax foreclosures with 2017 remarkably having none.

Help is available for Leelanau County homeowners struggling to pay delinquent property taxes. At the Treasurer’s office, we’re here to help the residents of Leelanau County navigate and qualify for different assistance programs.

If you or someone you know has delinquent taxes from 2015 or earlier, I urge you to reach out to us so that we can help you stay in your home and set up a payment plan to get your back taxes paid.

Hardship extension

For qualifying homeowners with two or more years of delinquent property taxes, we offer hardship extensions in order to prevent foreclosure. This gives families the option to work with us to come up with a monthly payment plan to become current and prevent property tax foreclosure.

In addition, we offer multi-year payment plans. These new plans, together with a hardship extension, gives families that are struggling financially an opportunity to escape the cycle of barely avoiding foreclosure year-after-year, and give them peace of mind knowing that their home is safe.


For 100 percent disabled veterans, an exemption from property taxes on a primary residence is available and can save disabled veterans thousands of dollars on current and future years property taxes. Please contact the Leelanau County Veteran’s Affairs Office at 231-256-9711 for more information.

Credit card payments

To make it easier and more convenient to pay delinquent property taxes, we offer online and phone payment via credit card. You can also come into the office and pay with your credit card. Go to the Treasurer’s website at  and click on “Pay Delinquent Taxes Online.”


If you have delinquent property taxes and fear you may lose your home, please contact my office. Whether it’s applying for assistance, working on hardship extensions to help pay off delinquent property taxes, or navigating available resources, my team is on hand to help homeowners in any way we can.

Our mission is to serve you and we will continue to fight and work hard to help Leelanau County families stay in their homes.

Step Forward Michigan still has millions of dollars for qualified homeowners who are struggling with back taxes and back mortgages.  Please visit: for more information.

Getting help

Residents can call the Treasurer’s office at 231-256-9838, email us at, or go to our website at  to get more information or set up an appointment.

Key Words: Delinquent Taxes
by Laurel Evans
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners recently held a Committee of the Whole Session to hear presentations from other agencies relative to septic systems and water quality.

A "Guide for Leelanau County Homeowners" is available for review on the Clean Water homepage -

by Trudy Galla
Monday, January 29, 2018

Leelanau County Aerials flown in spring of 2017 are now available online at  (Under 'Maps", follow the Tab - "Tutorial - How do I use these maps?" for directions.  The color 2017 aerials can be added when you are viewing Land Ownership Maps.  Click on Base Maps on the right hand side to add the color 2017 aerials to a map.  

Aerial imagery was previously flown in 1990, 1995, 2000, 2006 and 2012 and is used by various county offices, businesses, and the general public.   The 2000, 2006, 2012 and 2017 imagery is available online.  The 2017 imagery was obtained in partnership with the State of Michigan. 

Questions regarding the 2017 aerial imagery, or requests for mapping projects & costs can be directed to the Equalization Department (256-256-9823) or the Planning Department (256-9812).

by Laurel Evans
Friday, January 26, 2018

Effective January, 2018, The Leelanau County Sheriff's Office has designated R.E. Risk & Associates to conduct all property foreclosure sales within Leelanau County.

More information is available on the LCSO page -

by Laura Lassaline
Monday, January 22, 2018

We are now taking appointments for the Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Collections for 2018.

The first collection will take place on May 19 at the Leelanau County Government Center. To make an appointment please call the Planning & Community Development Office at 231-256-9812.

Collections will be held:

Saturday, May 19 at the Leelanau County Government Center.

Saturday, June 30 at Glen Lake School.

Saturday, August 25 at Peshawbestown.

Saturday, October 6 in Elmwood Township.

For a list of all acceptable items please click on the link below.

by Matt Ansorge
Monday, January 22, 2018

Did you know there is currently an outbreak of HEPATITIS A?  Food handlers can pass this infection to others when preparing and serving food.  You can protect yourself and others by getting the HEPATITIS A Vaccine.

Call the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department at 231-256-0200 to schedule an appointment to get your vaccine.

by Laurel Evans
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Leelanau County Office of Planning and Community Development has an opening for a full-time (35 hours per week) Senior Planner. This is a Teamsters 214 Union position, Grade 4 with full County benefits

Deadline for applications - until the position is filled.

For more information, please visit the Employment Opportunities page.

by Trudy Galla
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Do you own, or wish to buy or lease, a piece of property that may have contamination issues such as asbestos, fuel spill, old drums/tanks on site?   Or, is the site abandoned and/or obsolete?

If so, you may be eligible for assistance through the Leelanau County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (LCBRA) to conduct environmental assessment of the property and determine if contamination does exist.

The LCBRA has funds from the U.S. EPA to assist on properties where these concerns are creating problems for resale/redevelopment.

For more information and to apply for these funds, call 231-256-9812.

by Laurel Evans
Thursday, September 28, 2017

The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners during its September 19, 2017, Regular Session, approved County Resolution #2017-012, "A Resolution to Recognize the First Day of October as Indigenous Peoples Day."

A PowerPoint presentation by County resident Robin Carden is available for viewing -

A signed copy of the Resolution is available on the Resolutions and Ordinances Page -

by Laurel Evans
Thursday, August 31, 2017

The NEW 2017 Leelanau County Plat Books are in - you can make purchase arrangements through the Conservation District, 231-256-9783, or by visiting -

by Laurel Evans
Thursday, October 27, 2016

Leelanau County Flags are now available for purchase.

For more information, please contact Bay Supply Marketing

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.