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by Laurel Evans
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Department of Building Safety will be holding Online Permitting Classes on April 9, 2019 - Reservations Are Required.

For more information, please visit the Department's webpage -

by Trudy Galla
Monday, March 18, 2019

The first 2 dates for 2019 Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics Collections are:

Saturday, May 18 - Leelanau County Government Center

Saturday, June 22 - Glen Lake School

Collections are for Leelanau County HOUSEHOLDS ONLY. 

Appointments are required.  Call 256-9812, or email for an appointment.

Flyer for acceptable/unacceptable materials at the collection.  

by Trudy Galla
Tuesday, March 5, 2019


Please RSVP for these events by calling 231-256-9812 or email:

Wednesday April 17   FLYER

Sponsored by the Leelanau County Planning Commission (Annual Session)

Topic:             Marihuana and Zoning Related Matters    Municipalities and counties engaged in zoning have many questions around this issue. Due to vague phrasing in parts of the law, some questions can be answered now while others will require clarity from state agencies, the courts, and/or the legislature.  This program will briefly outline the three Michigan laws regulating marihuana, the role of a zoning ordinance vs. police power ordinance, and a sampling of the current “knowns” and “unknowns” around zoning for marihuana related land uses.  

(This program will NOT address health concerns, public safety, addiction, youth, crime, or medicinal uses.)

Time:              6:30 pm (social gathering and snacks)

                        7:00 pm Presentation and Q&A

Location:        Lower Level of the Government Center

Speaker:         Mary Reilly, AICP, Government and Public Policy Educator

                        Michigan State University Extension


Tuesday, April 23  FLYER

Sponsored by the Leelanau County Solid Waste Council

Topic:             Composting Workshop  

Have you wanted to be a successful backyard composter? Have you been collecting your materials into a pile to compost but nothing seems to be happening? What’s the big deal about composting and organic materials management anyway? Do you want to take your passive compost to the next level with hot composting?  You'll never look at your coffee grounds, eggshells and slimy cucumbers the same again! 

You will learn how collecting, composting and using finished compost effects your soil and your community. This informative and upbeat presentation on backyard composting is for you!  

Time:              9:00 am - 11:00 am

Location:        Lower Level of the Government Center

Speaker:         Amy Freeman, Organics Maven Composting Specialist

                        Iris Waste Diversion Specialists, Inc.


Thursday, April 25  Flyer

Sponsored by Leelanau Native Plants Initiative (LNPI)

Topic:             3rd Annual Session by LNPI

Time:              12 Noon – 1 pm

Location:        Lower Level of the Government Center


  • A poster presentation by Leland High School Students – come learn from the students!
  • Presentation by Invasive Species Network Coordinator, Katie Grzesiak about damage to our native ecosystems by invasive species.
  • Refreshments and light snacks.


All Sessions are FREE.  Open to the Public.  Please RSVP

by Laurel Evans
Friday, March 1, 2019

The County of Leelanau is soliciting proposals from interested, experienced, and qualified individuals and information technology firms for the purpose of managing the County's computer network and providing information technology service support to the County. Please visit the Bids/Vendor Info web page for more information.

by Trudy Galla
Friday, March 1, 2019

Leelanau County has housing funds available for rehabilitation of single-family owner-occupied homes.

Two (2) separate Loan programs are available for housing repairs: 

a) Emergency Projects such as failing furnace, septic, well, dangerous or unhealthy conditions.  Emergency projects require a monthly payment on the housing loan once the emergency rehabilitation is complete.  The maximum project cost is $20,000 which includes repairs plus any soft costs.   

b) Housing Rehab which requires the whole house be looked at and brought up to code under this program.  Work may include such items as:  siding, removal/treatment of lead based paint, insulation, roofing, windows, well, septic, electrical, plumbing, etc.  The maximum project cost is $40,000 which includes repairs plus any soft costs.  Housing Rehab loans are deferred loans (no monthly payments) with some forgiveness of loan balance over a period of time.

Homeowners must meet certain requirements for either program including:  income eligibility of 80% or less of the Area Median Income (AMI), occupy the home as their residence, and agree to a lien (mortgage) on the property.

Flyer with Income Limits

For an application and more information:  contact the Planning & Community Development office at 231-256-9812, email or stop in Suite 108 in the Leelanau County Government Center.   These housing funds are available for a limited time.