Special Land Use Approval 
Certain uses are permitted within the City of East Tawas.  Other uses are considered Special Land Uses and require a public hearing before the Planning Commission.  Final consideration by the City Council is also required and the entire application process takes at least 6 weeks.   An application and fee is to be submitted to the City 30 days before a Planning Commission meeting.  This gives both the City and applicant ample time for review and to publish a notice for a public hearing. 

Property owners are encouraged to meet with the City Zoning Administrator before a public hearing is scheduled.  The purpose of the public hearing is to provide interested parties the opportunity to voice their concerns about the proposed project.  The applicant will also have an opportunity to give details and reasons why the special use is being requested. 

The Planning Commission's goal is to ensure that the neighborhood will not be adversely affected by the proposed use.  At the conclusion of the public hearing, the Planning Commission will make a recommendation to the City Council.  The Council will make a final determination regarding the special use requested.