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City Charter — The City Charter was adopted by the electors at a special election held October 18, 1965, under the provisions of the Home Rule City Act, Michigan Statutes Annotated, section 5. 2071 et. seq.  Sections 3.3 and 3.4 were amended on March 13, 1967; Section 3.5 was amended on March 12, 2001; and, Sections 12.1(b), 12.1(c), 12.2, 12.3(b), and 12.3(c) were amended on May 3, 2005. Sections 3.4, 3.14, 3.17, and 5.1 was amended on November 13, 2015.

General Ordinances — The City Code of Ordinances were first codified with the adoption of Ordinance 101, effective April 18, 1995.  They have been amended several times since then.  This edition is current through Ordinance 205 "Taxicab Licenses and Regulations," effective August 14, 2013.  Recently adopted ordinances are to the right.

Zoning Ordinance — The City's Zoning Ordinance is Appendix A of the City Code of Ordinances.  The current collection of the Zoning Ordinance was adopted as Ordinance 132, effective August 14, 2001.  They have been amended several times since then.  This edition is current through Ordinance 219, effective October 19, 2016.


Zoning Map — Ordinance 208, effective November 13, 2013, approved a new Official Zoning Map for the City.

Official Zoning Map - Ord. 208

Zoning Ordinance supplement (SOB) — Ordinance 186 (effective January 22, 2010) regarding Sexually Oriented Businesses, is part of the Zoning Ordinance, that being Appendix A of the City Code of Ordinances.

Appendix No. 1: Standards for the Design and Construction of Public Works Projects — Per the City Code of Ordinances Section 5-13, "All construction and/or replacement of public works in the City of New Buffalo, including, but not limited to, streets, curbs, alleys, sidewalks, street lights, storm sewers, and water lines shall be subject to the design and construction standards set forth in this ordinance hereafter known as Appendix No. 1." 


This page last updated on 12/22/2017.

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