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Committees and Commissions

Residents can volunteer to help guide then Township by serving one of 14 committees and commissions, each with a specific responsibility.

Beautification Committee

Building Authority

Cable TV Regulatory Committee

Employee Civil Service Commission

Downtown Development Authority

Fire & Police Pension Board

Historical Committee

Library Advisory Commission

Parks & Recreation Committee

Planning Commission

Police & Fire Civil Service Commission

Sidewalk Committee

Solid Waste & Recycling Committee

Water System Advisory Council


Zoning Board of Appeals


The Charter Township of Shelby has several committees, commissions and boards, which allow residents and other members of the community the opportunity to take an active role in Township government. Appointing authority to these bodies lies with the Township Supervisor and the Board of Trustees.

Click the following link to access the required application: application for committees, commissions and boards.

Official applications must be submitted to the Township Clerk’s Office at 52700 Van Dyke Ave. and are valid for two years from the date they were submitted. Following an application's expiration, applicants must submit a new form to the Clerk’s Office.
Application to join a committee

The Shelby Township Beautification Committee was established in 1977 and meets on the second Tuesday of each month in the Lower Level Conference Room at 6:30 p.m. The beautification committee plans yearly activities to  keep Shelby Township cleaner and greener.

The committee organizes and facilitates the township's annual Clean-up Day. This community project is held on the last Saturday of April. Hundreds of township volunteers pick up trash and debris along our roads and highways. Sections of the roads are adopted and cleaned annually by these community groups. 

The beautification committee also conducts the township's beautification awards. These awards are given to Shelby Township homeowners. Community members make the nominations for extensive floral and landscape achievement at a residence. A homeowner can win this prestigious award up to three times. After winning a third time, the resident is placed on the "Hall of Fame" plaque located in Township Hall. 

Beautification committee members nominate local businesses for the annual "Pride of Shelby Township" award.  This award goes to businesses that have done major exterior renovations to improve the property's appearance in the areas of floral and landscape design. 

The beautification committee oversees the "Welcome to Shelby Township" signs located throughout the township. There are  six welcome signs maintained with landscaping throughout the year. 

Beautification committee members attend quarterly meetings of the Beautification Council of Southeastern Michigan. These meetings are held in the various member communities.

 Shelby Township Clean-Up Day Shelby Township Beautification Awards  

  • Melanee Roelandt, Co-Chair
  • Charlene DeClark, Co-Chair
  • Barbara Walkaus
  • Craig Cowper
  • Joseph Danbury
  • Dee Osler
  • Renate Radomski
  • Erika Zoller

The mission of the Shelby Township Historical Committee is to document the history of Shelby Township and to organize and preserve historic structures, artifacts and personal recollections of Shelby Township. The Shelby Township Historical Committee welcomes residents and nonresidents who are interested in local history or have information to share. Donations and loans to our historical archives are welcomed but contact us at before donating.Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in the Andrews Schoolhouse Museum on the Shelby Township Municipal Campus at 52700 Van Dyke Ave. There is no meeting inJuly or August.

  • Clendon Mason, Chair
  • Hillary Davis, Vice-Chair

The Shelby Township Parks & Recreation Committee works in cooperation with the Township Parks, Recreation & Maintenance Department and the Shelby Township Board of Trustees as an advisory and research team with regard to parks and recreation projects. The Committee meets on the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Shelby Township Activities Center.



  • Brian Zilli – Chairperson 
  • Joe Youngblood – Parks and Recreation Department Representative 
  • Lynn Wilhelm – Board of Trustees Representative 
  • Shannon Alore 
  • Beth Bryer 
  • Stacy Cerget 
  • Ryan Knost 
  • Robert O'Brien 
  • Joe Yestrepsky
  • Donald Watchowski

The Police and Fire Civil Service Commission was formed after the General Election held on Monday, April 6, 1959 when the electorate voted to approve Act 78 of the Public Act of 1935 of Michigan for the Police and Fire Fighters employed by the Township. Public Act 78 was enacted to establish and provide a board of civil service commissioners in municipalities that employ full-time paid members of their Fire and/or Police Departments. The main goals and objectives of the Commission is to establish, monitor, and maintain eligibility lists for the purpose of hiring entry level Police Officers and Fire Fighter/Paramedics. The Police & Fire Civil Service Commission meets on the first Monday of each month in the Lobby Conference Room at 6 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

Police and Fire Act 78 Civil Service Commission PFCSC Rules & Regulations Police and Fire Civil Service Commission agendas and approved minutes

  • President: Henry Hartfelder, Board Appointed Representative, (Term expiring 3-01-2019) 
  • Third Member: James Hering, Neutral Representative (Term expiring 3-01-21)
  • Commissioner: Richard Graving, Employee Elected Representative (Term expiring 3-23-2023)

The Solid Waste and Recycling Committee serves the citizens and the Board of Trustees in the areas of solid waste and recycling in Shelby Township. Its goals include encouraging recycling, composting, participation in the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day and providing solid waste and recycling information to the township
  • Marsha Livermore, Chair
  • Lynn Wilhelm, Board of Trustees Rep
  • Eugene Meredith, Vice Chair
  • Kate Diliddo, Secretary
  • D. David Newlin, Treasurer
  • Christopher Marin

Shelby Township Ordinance No. 43, approved by the electorate at the General Election held on Tuesday, November 5, 1968 authorized the formation of the General Employees Civil Service Commission. The main goals and objectives of the commission are to ensure fair treatment and nondiscrimination in township hiring and employment practices, and to provide compliance with federal and state equal opportunity requirements and regulations. The General Employees Civil Service Commission meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Lower Level Conference Room at 6 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

Employee Civil Service Commission Rules and Regulations Employee Civil Service Commission meeting agendas and approved minutes

  • Cheryl Arft, Chairperson and Employee Elected Representative (Term Expiring 12-31-2020)
  • Kim Schott, Board Appointed Representative (Term Expiring 12-31-2022)
  • Matthew Karrandja, Neutral Commissioner (Term Expiring 12-31-2024)

The Fire and Police Pension Board is a separate body that oversees the investments contributed by Shelby Township and its Police and Firefighters/Paramedics. These investments are controlled by statute and are invested to ensure a stable financial picture for all retiring Police Officers and Firefighter/Paramedics of the Charter Township of Shelby. The board meets the third Monday of each month at 4 p.m. in the conference room of Fire Station 1 located at 6345 23 Mile Road. Occasionally the board will hold special meetings, which are posted in Township Hall at 52700 Van Dyke Ave. For a copy of the Fire and Police Retirement System Statement of Objectives, Policies and Guidelines or to contact the pension board call the Clerk's Office at 586-731-5102 or email

Fire and Police Pension Board Meeting Minutes 2019 Budget
2018 Summary of Annual Report to Members  

  • Jerome Moffitt - Chairman
  • Franklyn Pierce - Secretary
  • Michael Flynn - Treasurer
  • James Malczewski - Member
  • John Cole - Member

The Library Advisory Commission is an oversight committee of up to six members, appointed by the Township Board of Trustees, who review library practices and policies, provide input and advice, and advocate for the Library's principles and goals. Commission members serve 5-year terms. The Library Advisory Commission meets on the second Tuesday of each month, at 6 p.m. in the Library located at 51680 Van Dyke. The public is welcome to attend. 


Shelby Township Library   Shelby Township Library newsletter



  • Ronald Black
  • Thomas Hetes
  • Joanne Allen
  • Marie Nickson
  • Jennifer Simko

The Shelby Township Planning Commission consists of nine members who are appointed by the Township Supervisor with the approval of the Township Board of Trustees. The Planning Commission has several functions, which are established by state statute and the Township’s Zoning Ordinance. These activities include the preparation of the master plan and other planning studies, site plan approval, the review of new subdivisions, the review of zoning map amendments, and the review of all special land uses. A description of each of these activities is provided below.


The Planning Commission’s principal responsibility is the preparation and adoption of the Township’s Master Plan. The Master Plan is a comprehensive document, long-range in its view that is intended to guide the development of the Township over a period of time ranging from 10 to 20 years. The plan establishes policies regarding new development and redevelopment. These policies are intended to guide private and public decisions regarding the public and private issues of land and the provision of public facilities.


The Planning Commission is responsible for the responsible for the review and approval of site plans for new office, retail, industrial and multiple family

developments. Site plan review provides the Planning Commission with an opportunity to review the proposed use of a site in relation to all applicable

requirements of the Zoning Ordinance and any other development standards. Site plans are required to show the location of any proposed structures, parking spaces, landscaping, lighting, building elevations and other proposed site improvements. During the site plan review process, the Planning Commission considers the relationship of the site to surrounding uses, accessibility, pedestrian and vehicular circulation, off-street parking, utilities, drainage, and landscaping.


The Planning Commission is responsible for providing the Township Board with recommendations regarding new subdivisions. The Township’s subdivision

regulations offer the following criteria for the Planning Commission to consider in the review of new subdivisions. Provide for the orderly growth and harmonious development of land. Secure adequate traffic circulation and lessen the congestion on roads. Facilitate adequate provisions for transportation, water, sewage, recreation and other public services and facilities. Facilitate the subdivision of larger tracts into smaller parcels of land.


The Planning Commission is responsible for providing recommendations to the Township Board of Trustees regarding amendments to the Township Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map. The commission also conducts one public hearing as part of the amendment process.


The Planning Commission offers recommendations to the Township Board for all special land uses. A special land use refers to an activity that may be appropriate at a particular location and zoning district after taking into account of the proposed location and surrounding development patterns. The Commission holds a public hearing on all special land uses and reviews each plan to ensure their compatibility with adjacent properties and to minimize any potential negative impacts. The Commission also requires the submission of a site plan for all special land use applications.

The Planning Commission holds its regular meetings on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Municipal Building.

Planning and zoning minutes, agendas & notices   


Jerome Moffitt, Chairman

Lisa Casali, Vice Chairman

Raquel Moore, Secretary

Michael Flynn, Township Board Representative

Anthony Apone, Member

Vincent Bernardi, Member

Carl Dallo, Member

Lucia DiCicco, Member

Phillip Turner, Member

The Sidewalk Committee consists of volunteer members who make recommendations to the Township Board regarding the installation of sidewalks on main roads.

The Committee recognizes the fact that Shelby is no longer a rural community and increased population and traffic have made sidewalks a necessity.

The Committee's focus is on main roads and heavily traveled streets. With a limited budget and many miles of sidewalk that still need completion on main roads, it is impossible for the Committee to recommend sidewalks on interior streets without a Special Assessment District for the individual area of concern.

As a long term goal, the Committee wants to link all of the Township's parks by sidewalks or bike paths. Recognizing Shelby Township's commitment to preserving trees, every effort is made to save trees and landscape in sidewalk planning whenever possible.

Sidewalk Committee Members are proud to see a wide variety of uses for the sidewalks they have recommended on heavily traveled roads. As part of our mission, the Committee continues to strive to provide bicyclists, walkers, joggers, rollerbladers, skateboarders, and senior citizens who may not drive, people confined to wheelchairs and babies in strollers, access to our parks and local stores by a safe means of pedestrian travel.

The Committee is pleased with the success of the pedestrian-friendly overpasses located on both 21 Mile and 22 Mile over the M-53 freeway. The 22 Mile overpass was aptly named "Donald Pitzen Walkway" in memory of this former Sidewalk Committee Member who was instrumental is making the overpasses a reality for Shelby Township. As a result of their construction, these overpasses have been utilized by walkers, joggers, bicyclists, and a variety of pedestrian travel on a regular basis.

The Committee welcomes new members and input from residents as to where sidewalks are needed or wanted. Committee Chairperson, John Kocis, can be contacted through the Clerks Office at 586-731-5102, or via e-mail at

The Sidewalk Committee generally meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 5 p.m. in the Lobby Conference Room in the upper level of the Township Municipal Building. The public is welcome to attend. Please call or email the Clerk's Office to confirm meeting date and time.

Sidewalk Committee resident survey 2019 priority list
SEMCOG Walk Bike Drive Safe 

Shelby Township Sidewalk Maintenance Program

Shelby Township Sidewalk Priorities and Deferrals GIS map  

  • John Kocis, Chair
  • Lisa Casali, Board of Trustees Rep
  • Joseph Gorak
  • Richard Kolasinski
  • Lloyd Rogers

The Water System Advisory Council was established in accordance with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy administrative rules to develop plans for continuing public awareness about lead in drinking water, advise on the replacement of private lead service lines and collaborate with community groups in educating the public about lead in drinking water.

Water System Advisory Council minutes, agendas & notices  


  • DPW Director David Miller, WSAC chairperson
  • DPW Project and Regulatory Compliance Coordinator Danielle Allen
  • Township Trustee John Vermeulen
  • Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Director Joe Youngblood
  • Community Relations Director Brad D. Bates, WSAC recording secretary

The Shelby Township Zoning Board of Appeals consists of five members who are approved by the Township Board of Trustees. One member of the Planning Commission participates as a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals. The Zoning Board of Appeals meets the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building.

All communities with an adopted Zoning Ordinance are required to have a Board of Appeals to provide relief for properties that cannot adhere to specific requirements of the zoning ordinance.

The Zoning Board of Appeals has the quasi-judicial function of interpreting the zoning ordinance to ensure that it has or will be properly followed. The basic responsibilities of the Zoning Board of Appeals include the following:



The Zoning Board of Appeals has the responsibility to hear and decide on any decision or determination of an official or body charged with the administration of the Zoning Ordinance. The administration of the ordinance typically falls under the jurisdiction of the Planning and Zoning Department, the Planning Commission, or Code Enforcement.



A variance is official permission to deviate from a requirement of the Zoning Ordinance. The authority to grant a variance is discretionary. The Zoning Ordinance contains standards for the Board to consider in evaluating the appropriateness of variance requests. The most common variance is a dimensional or non-use variance. These typically pertain to buildings and structures that cannot be constructed in the location required by the ordinance or that certain other requirements cannot be met. Common dimensional variance requests include building setbacks, building height, lot coverage requirements, parking standards, signs, and accessory building requirements, among others.



Requests for ordinance interpretations may result from undefined or ambiguous terms or poorly defined standards, lack of clarity concerning the location of a zoning district boundary or other similar matters. The Zoning Board of Appeals is the only local body authorized to render "official" interpretations of the zoning map text or map.



The Zoning Board of Appeals may approve temporary structures for periods not to exceed six months. They may also approve temporary uses not otherwise permitted in any zoning district and which do not require the erection of any capital improvement of a structural nature.

Planning and zoning minutes, agendas & notices   


  • Russ Rice, Chairman
  • James Churilla, Vice Chairperson
  • James Hering, Member
  • Jerome Moffitt, Planning Commission Representative
  • Ann Paprocki, Secretary