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Potential Changes to Grand Rapids Zoning Ahead

Neighbors and Friends,

Recently, the Grand Rapids Planning Commission made some significant recommendations for the Grand Rapids City Commission to vote on in the coming weeks. Many neighbors have been taken aback by the seemingly aggressive nature of these proposals. Regardless of your stance in support or opposition, a healthy dialogue is always helpful. There is a scheduled meeting for Saturday, February 17th from 4:00-7:00pm at the West Grand Neighborhood Organization Offices. Neighbors and interested parties are invited to listen, learn, ask questions, and offer insight in reflection and reaction to the proposals.

If you have questions about the zoning changes proposed, you can read the Draft of the Planning Commission Meeting minutes by downloading THIS DOCUMENT. Here you will not only find the recommendations proposed to the City Commission, but the discussion surrounding their resolution(s).

If you’d rather watch or listen, a portion of the Planning Commission’s discussion surrounding the Housing NOW proposals and the resolution made to recommend zoning changes to the Grand Rapids City Commission can be accessed here on YouTube: WATCH NOW

Part of the proposed changes are only applicable to certain parcels and properties through Grand Rapids. Our Westside friends at West Grand Neighborhood Association have organized maps showing various colors to denote proximity to thoroughfares for reference. Access all neighborhood maps here:  TAKE A LOOK AT MAPS INDICATING POTENTIALLY IMPACTED AREAS IN GR 

These proposals were made in response to the Housing NOW recommendations that many city leaders and local residents took part in. Learn more about that committee, its process, and its own list of recommendations by clicking on the picture below.





We want to help keep everyone informed and engaged. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook where you can join the discussion and continue to receive updates.

Thanks for making the Westside the Bestside!

The John Ball Area Neighbors

Can you make it tonight on Valentine’s Day?

Before or after you treat your sweetheart to a Valentine’s Date, consider joining our board meeting, romance free at no extra cost, in the Lincoln Park Lodge (1120 Bridge St.) off Marion NW at 6:00pm. There is plenty to learn and much to discuss!























You can download and/or print tonight’s agenda with the link below:


Board Meeting Cancelled for Wed. Dec. 13th

There will be no meeting on Wednesday night, December 13th at 6pm, due to Weather and Driving Conditions.


Bundle up and tend to those sidewalks when you can, and don’t hesitate to help a neighbor in need. Travel times are exceedingly long in the Grand Rapids Area. Plan ahead and keep warm.

We will post any rescheduling details, or we may update our members here online and look forward to January’s Meeting on January 10th at 6:00pm.

Membership Is Easy!

We are hoping you will ALL join our neighborhood association. The John Ball Area Neighbors staff and board have many great opportunities to engage with you, your family, and your neighbors as we all work together to keep the WestSide the BestSide.

Fill this form out and email it back to, or print it and drop it off to Lincoln Lodge at Lincoln Park (1120 Bridge Street NW).

You can pay by cash or check, volunteer instead of paying, or simply use debit or credit to finalize your application at

Membership Fee Structure can be located HERE!

You can download the form to print and fill out, or electronically fill out and email! Check this year’s membership form out below!

Fill this out and scan or email to our board chair at or simply drop it off with the JBAN staff inside the Lodge at Lincoln Park!