City of Ionia

Boards and Commissions

Please visit the City Calendar page to view a schedule of upcoming board meetings.

Boards and Commissions Application

The City of Ionia has various Boards and Commissions that welcome resident participation. All positions are voluntary and are appointed by the Mayor with the approval of City Council. Descriptions for each of the different boards and commissions are provided on this webpage. Preparation for meetings may require additional time obligations. Once appointed, your attendance at meetings is critical.

Appointment Process

Step 1: Complete the Boards and Commissions Application Skillset guide to determine where your skills would best serve the City.

Step 2: Complete the combined Boards and Commissions Application. Applications can be filled out online, or they may be requested in person at the City Manager's Office, by phone at 616-527-5776, or by emailing

Step 3: Submit an application to the City Manager via email to or in person at City Hall, Attn: Precia Garland, 114 North Kidd Street, P.O. Box 496, Ionia, Michigan 48846.

Step 4: The City Manager provides the application to the Mayor who then reviews all submitted application materials. The Mayor makes a recommendation to City Council on the appointment.

Step 5: City Council makes the final decision on the appointment at a City Council meeting.

If you have any questions you may reach out to the City Manager Precia Garland at pgarland@ci.ionia.mi us. Please click on the document below to view the full application.

Board of Review

The Board of Review meets annually in the month of March to hear appeals on property tax assessments. The board also meets in December to review Homestead Property affidavits. Meetings are held at City Hall and are open to the public.

The Board of Review consists of three residents who, at the time of their appointment, are not either elected or appointed officials of the city. Members serve three year terms. Responsibilities of the Board of Review include the following:

  • Correcting or amending the property tax assessment roll
  • Increasing or decreasing any assessment or valuation of taxable property
  • Reviewing and acting upon Homestead Property affidavits
  • Endorsing the property tax roll

Board of Zoning Appeals (ZBA)

Meets on an as-needed basis at City Hall.

The ZBA consists of five members appointed for three-year terms. One member of the ZBA is a member of the City Council as selected by the City Council. One member of the ZBA is a member of the Planning Commission as selected by the Planning Commission. The remaining three members are residents at large.

The ZBA is responsible for hearing requests from those appealing a decision of the city’s Community Development Director or those requesting special exceptions from the city’s Zoning Ordinance. The ZBA receives city staff assistance from the city’s Community Development director.

The ZBA hears appeals/requests for variances from the city's Sign Ordinance pursuant to Chapter 1244 of the City Code. The ZBA meets to address sign variance requests on an as-needed basis.

Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (BRA)

Meets monthly at City Hall.

The BRA consists of five members appointed for three-year terms. These members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council.

The purpose of the City of Ionia Brownfield Redevelopment Authority is to carry out those purposes and exercise those powers as conferred upon it by the Brownfield Redevelopment Financing Act, (the “Act”), 1996 PA 381, as amended.

Downtown Development Authority (DDA)

Meetings of the DDA are held at 8:00 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at City Hall. Visit our Agendas and Minutes page.

The DDA consists of the mayor and eight members appointed by the mayor. At least five of the eight members shall be persons having an interest in the DDA development district. Terms of office are four years.

The DDA is responsible for:

  • Acting as the planning body for future development in the DDA district
  • Developing plans for marketing the downtown and its businesses

Housing Board of Appeals

Meets on an as-needed basis at City Hall.

The Housing Board of Appeals consists of three members appointed by the Mayor, subject to approval by the City Council.

This Board handles appeals to housing-related decisions connected to the Ionia Housing Commission, municipal housing facilities, the International Property Maintenance Code, and rental property decisions made by the code official.

Ionia Community Library Board of Trustees

The library is governed by a six member Board of Trustees consisting of two members each from the City of Ionia, Easton Township, and the Ionia Public School District.

The Ionia Community Library was formed in 2004 to provide library services to residents of the Ionia Public School District (minus Portland and Lyons Townships which are served by other district libraries).

The Board of Trustees is responsible for overseeing the operations of the library. Board of Trustees meetings are held at the Ionia Community Library. The public is invited to attend.

More information about the services provided by the Ionia Community Library is available on the library’s website.

Ionia Housing Commission

The Ionia Housing Commission holds their meetings at the Ionia Housing Commission Office, Pine Visa Apartments, 667 Union Street, Ionia, MI  48846. Telephone: 616-527-9060.

The Ionia Housing Commission consists of five members who are appointed by the mayor. Terms are for five years.

Include operating and managing housing developed specifically for those with lower incomes.

Local Officers Compensation Commission

By local ordinance, the Local Officers Compensation Commission may only meet in odd numbered years at which time they recommend salaries for the following two calendar years. Meetings are held at City Hall and are open to the public.

The Local Officers Compensation Commission consists of five residents of the community who are appointed to recommend the salaries of the mayor, City Council members, and the city clerk.

Members may not be an employee of the city nor a member of the immediate family of any elected official.

Planning Commission

Meetings are held at City Hall and are open to the public. Visit our Agendas and Minutes page.

Annual Report
In accordance with the provisions of the Michigan Planning Enabling Act, the Planning Commission prepares an annual report which is presented to the City Council. Click on the following link to view the most recent annual report.

The City of Ionia Planning Commission consists of nine members; three ex officio members and six appointed members, all with a vote. The ex officio members are the mayor, one member of the City Council, and one member of the administrative staff as appointed by the mayor.

The six other members are residents of the community who are interested in serving their community and come from varying professional backgrounds. The term of the appointed members is three years.

The responsibilities of the Planning Commission include:

  • To make and adopt a comprehensive development plan for the future, physical development of the City.
  • To divide the City into zoning districts or “zones” and recommend appropriate regulations for these zones.
  • To make recommendations to the City Council, to public officials, and to citizens regarding all matters relating to the planning and development of the City.

Public Participation Plan

Engaging citizens through a planning process is crucial to the success of this plan. Soliciting input throughout the duration of the process contributes to a greater public understanding of the various complexities involved in many community projects and also provides greater transparency in local government operations. Solicitation and consideration of community input by City of Ionia officials enhances the public’s understanding of their ability and responsibility to affect the future of the community. As key facilitators in the City’s decision making process, the public officials and administrators of the City of Ionia understand the significance of public participation.

City Calendar

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Post Office Box 496
Ionia, Michigan 48846
Phone 616-527-4170

Fax 616-527-0810

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