March 18, 2024


General Summary

Administers and enforces the Township Zoning Ordinance, including the investigation and follow-up of zoning violation complaints.  Provides information to individuals and groups on the Zoning Ordinance and other land use regulations.  Researches information for the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals and attends their meetings to provide research findings and staff support. Conducts inspections and reviews applications and issues permits, assigns address numbers in accordance with County Emergency 911 address system and provides other services related to the Zoning Department’s responsibilities. Works in collaboration with the Morton Township Building Official and Fire Chief as needed.


Essential Functions


  1. Enforces the Township Zoning Ordinance through field investigation, correspondence, and personal contact with government agencies, business representatives and the public.


  1. Receives, investigates, and documents zoning violation complaints, such as trash/clean-up, unlicensed/junk vehicles, and others, and writes letters seeking voluntary compliance or writes ticket and initiates civil/criminal prosecution as necessary.


  1. Educates the public regarding the content of the Zoning Ordinance, Township regulations, building site development, private road development, mineral extraction, and other zoning/land use concerns.


  1. Assists the public with forms and permits and instructs them on Zoning Applications and Appeals procedures. Interprets the language of the Zoning Ordinance to public.


  1. Attends Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeal meetings, consults with, researches and provides information to those bodies on pertinent zoning issues and sites gathered through field investigation and follow through inspection especially as related to Variance and Special Land Use requests.


  1. Answers phone calls and in person requests for help with land subdivision, along with the Land Division Official, or development related to residential and commercial site plan reviews, planned unit developments [PUDs] and special use procedures and standards.


  1. Prepares researches, investigates and gathers data pertinent to the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals. Includes preparing correspondence, documents, and applications, scheduling and coordinating meetings, and serving as staff support.


  1. Processes applications for Special Use Permits, Site Plan Reviews, Zoning Amendments, Variance and Appeals. Prepares and distributes required notifications assuring compliance with pertinent legal requirements.
  2. Researches and drafts amendments for the Township Zoning Ordinance and land use plans for the review of the Planning Commission. Takes the lead on updating of the Master Plan.


An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all of the above tasks.  (These examples do not include all of the tasks which the employees may be expected to perform.)


Employment Qualifications


Education: Coursework in planning, land use regulation, and related areas, preferred but not required. 


Experience: Experience in planning/zoning/construction/computer data entry and related activities, preferred but not required.


Other Requirements: Valid Michigan Driver’s License and dependable vehicle.


The qualifications listed above are intended to represent the minimum skills and experience levels associated with performing the duties and responsibilities contained in this job description.  The qualifications should not be viewed as expressing absolute employment or promotional standards, but as general guidelines that should be considered along with other job-related selection or promotional criteria.



Physical Requirements:  [This job requires the ability to perform the essential functions contained in this description.  These include, but are not limited to, the following requirements.  Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified applicants unable to fulfill one or more of these requirements]:


Walks over uneven terrain to review property and collect information.

Ability to enter and retrieve information from a computer.

Ability to access the various sites throughout the Township.


Working Conditions:


Travels to various locations to conduct investigations and represent the department.

Works outside in all types of weather conditions.

Exposure to environmental allergens [grasses, weeds, pollen, trees].

Exposure to unrestrained animals while making site visits.

Exposure to individuals who may be hostile while making site visits and conducting enforcement activities.


Work Hours


Flexible, 10-15 hours per week, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8AM-4:30PM (except required evening meetings)



$20-$25 per hour depending on experience. No benefits, Mileage reimbursement. Computer and office supplies provided.


Please submit resume and/or application to Mark Klumpp at