The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners established the Planning Advisory Board on October 1, 2002 to assist the Board of Commissioners, under Michigan law, including, but not limited to, with the development of a county basic development plan with recommendations to the Board of Commissioners on final adoption of that plan, and review of a township basic development plan with recommendations to the Board of Commissioners on its advisory comments back to the township.
The Board of Commissioners directs the Planning Advisory Board to create By-Laws to be sent back to the Board of Commissioners (BOC) for final approval. The following are the charges given to the Planning Advisory Board by the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners:
To advise and make recommendations to the BOC and Administration on planning issues.
To implement BOC policies through discussion and development of planning initiatives.
To facilitate the cooperation and collaboration of the Planning and Environment Department with other County departments or agencies, especially those whose responsibilities affect planning issues.
To facilitate the cooperation and collaboration of Washtenaw County with other municipalities.
To support staff and the BOC in fulfilling responsibilities as mandated by Michigan law.