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Community Development

Community Development Department

Welcome to the Community Development Department. The department is responsible for carrying out the City of Ironwood Award Winning Comprehensive Plan which guides the current and future development of the City. The Department is responsible for and manages:

1. Community Development

A. Economic Development and Redevelopment
B. Housing Rehabilitation


2. Geographic Information System (GIS)

3. Grant Writing and Administration

4. Planning

A. Land Use
B. Infrastructure and Community Facilities
C. Parks and Recreation
D. Transportation


5. Zoning Administration and Development Permitting

The department also is a liason to, manages and oversees the following groups:

A. City Commission
B. Downtown Ironwood Development Authority
C. Ironwood Economic Develoment Corporation
D. Ironwood Industrial Development Corporation
E. Ironwood Parks and Recreation Committee
F. Ironwood Planning Commission


The department also provides technical guidance, research, education, and other support.

Staff Contact
Tom Bergman
Community Development Director
213 S. Marquette St.
Ironwood, MI 49938
906-932-5050 x 126
Fax: 906-932-5745

Housing and Rental Rehabilitation Programs


Are you interested in improving your property located in the City of Ironwood?  See our OFFICIAL Housing Rehabilitation Toolkit to see resources that may be available to you, to get your project off the ground!


The City of Ironwood receives grant money from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority  (MSHDA) for homeowner and rental property rehabilitation.  Improvements to the property include new siding, windows, roof, doors, updated electrical service, and other improvements.  By participating in this program, your property taxes will NOT increase.


Community Development Staff is available to assist you which include Tim Erickson, Karen Gullan and Dennis Hewitt.


For information regarding Section 3 see the City of Ironwood Section 3 Implementation Plan.


Other housing programs available include:


USDA Rural Development: Jim Jackson 906-663-6852


Gogebic-Ontonagon Community Action: Pat Nicksich 906-667-0283 x 18


Staff Contact
Tim Erickson
Community Development Assistant
213 S. Marquette St.
Ironwood, MI 49938
906-932-5050 x 126
Fax: 906-932-5745
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Ironwood Industrial Development Corporation

Board of Directors

Brian Glodowski ~ Keweenaw Land Association
Chuck Baxter Ottawa Forest Products
Garth Stengard (Vice-President) Coleman Engineering Co.
Jerry Pisani Pisani Co.
Keith Johnson (President) Chippewa Valley Bank
Larry Kaupi Larry’s Lucky Stripes
Michael J. D. Brown (Ex-Officio) City of Ironwood, MI
Mike Bebeau Xcel Energy
Neil Beckman (Secretary) Gogebic Range Bank
Rick Tippett Woodtech Builders
Scott Erickson (Ex-Officio) City of Ironwood, MI
Tony Pollack Makela, Pollack & Ahonen, PLLC

IIDC Documents
Industrial Park Map
Industrial Park Brochure
IIDC Goals

Tax Incentives
Industrial Facilities Exemption P.A. 198 - 50% real property tax abated up to 12 years.
New Personal Property Exemption P.A. 328 - 100% personal property tax abated for up to 15 years.
Michigan personal Property Tax Reform

Staff Contact
Tom Bergman
Community Development Director
213 S. Marquette St.
Ironwood, MI 49938
906-932-5050 x 126
Fax: 906-932-5745
City of Ironwood Plans

Capital Improvement Plan

Comprehensive Plan

Downtown Blueprint Plan

Gogebic County and City of Ironwood Flood Mitigation Plan

Parks and Recreation Plan

US 2 Corridor Visual Enhancement Plan

US 2 Highway Corridor Access Management Plan

Western Upper Peninsula Regional Prosperity Plan

Staff Contact
Tom Bergman
Community Development Director
213 S. Marquette St.
Ironwood, MI 49938
906-932-5050 x 126
Fax: 906-932-5745
City of Ironwood Surplus Property

The City of Ironwood, per Strategy 6.11(c) of its Comprehensive Plan, has adopted the following policies by resolution on the sale of surplus property. If you have questions or are interested in City property please contact Community Development Director Michael J. D. Brown.

Resolution 014-043 Surplus Property Policy

Resolution 014-049 Tier I Surplus Property

Staff Contact
Tom Bergman
Community Development Director
213 S. Marquette St.
Ironwood, MI 49938
906-932-5050 x 126
Fax: 906-932-5745
City of Ironwood Zoning Regulations

Prior to conducting any building improvements, construction/development of property, or opening or expansion of a business please check with the Community Development and Building Departments to determine if permits are requried. The following require approvals and permits.

1. Business Licenses are required for all businesses conducting business in the City of Ironwood. Please submit the following Application to the City Clerk’s Office.

2. Building Permits may be required depending on the construction activities. Please contact the Building Department to determine if a permit is required. Prior to issuance of a building permit approvals from the Planning Commission may be required as outlined below.

3. Planning Commission. The following Planning Commission approvals are required prior to proceeding with construction/development of property. Please contact the Community Development Department to determine if your project requires approval. Requirements can be found in the Zoning Ordinance. Prior to submitting a Zoning Application, please contact the Community Development Department to discuss your project and the application process.

 

A. Site Plan Development Review
B. Special/Conditional Use Permit
C. Sale of Surplus Property
D. Zoning Amendment
i. Zoning Text Amendment
ii. Rezoning of Property


4. Zoning Board of Appeals. If a variance or appeal is required requirements can be found in the Zoning Ordinance. Prior to submitting a Zoning Application, please contact the Community Development Department to discuss your project and the application process.

Staff Contact
Tom Bergman
Community Development Director
213 S. Marquette St.
Ironwood, MI 49938
906-932-5050 x 126
Fax: 906-932-5745