Zoning & Development

Dennis Klaas, Zoning Administrator 
Email: zoning@villageoflexington.com
Phone (586)372-8035
7227 Huron Ave.
Lexington, MI 48450

Zoning & Development

Lexington’s small-town feel, access to water, and family-friendly atmosphere are what make it such a great community to live, visit, and invest in.

To ensure future development maintains what we love about the Village while helping it grow in alignment with master plan goals, the Village has adopted zoning regulations and standards that apply to ALL CONSTRUCTION including new development, pools, fences, garages, rehabilitation, and more. Prior to putting shovels in the ground, proposed projects must undergo a review process to ensure alignment with the Village’s zoning ordinance, resulting in a zoning permit. To ensure Lexington is providing the best development experience possible, it is actively working to implement and maintain Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) best practices.

This page includes forms, plans, and other information related to development review. For a more comprehensive overview, see the Lexington Guide to Development.

Conceptual Review Meetings (pre-application)

Prior to beginning any project, the Village encourages potential developers large and small to meet with Village staff and officials for a free, conceptual review meeting. During this meeting, the Village will review any available information, talk through the process, connect you with any other needed resources, and provide guidance on the next steps. To schedule a meeting, please contact the Zoning Administrator.

Zoning Ordinance & Design Standards

A zoning ordinance consists of two parts: the zoning map which shows the designated zoning district for each parcel and the zoning text. Determining a parcel’s zoning designation using the map and then applicable zoning regulations is the first step in any development project. If you are unsure of which district your parcel is in, the Village can help.

Zoning Map

Zoning Ordinances



As set by Village Council, Lexington charges fees for various zoning and development services including permits and reviews. The most up-to-date schedule can be found here. Lexington accepts cash, check, and credit cards.


All zoning and development review forms can be found here under Land Use Permits.

Building Inspections & Permits

All building reviews and permits are handled by the Sanilac County Construction & Land Use Department. A project must have been issued a Lexington Zoning Permit before beginning the building review process.



A variety of economic development incentives and assistance programs are available for development projects within the Village.  The Village welcomes development projects and is actively seeking developers, particularly for housing projects.  Lexington relies heavily on tourism and has become a popular destination for retirees.  We are looking for housing growth to lessen the seasonal effects on our businesses.

Brownfield Redevelopment

Sanilac County may provide incentives for sites having environmental contamination above state thresholds or buildings that are determined to be functionally obsolete.  The Village of Lexington may have several sites that meet these criteria.  Sanilac County Brownfield

Façade Improvement Plans

Projects within our DDA boundaries may qualify for façade programs of up to $10,000.  Facade program

Developer Ready

The Village recognizes its need for growth.  Bring us your project idea and grow together.  While we are deeply rooted in our quaint, historical vibe, we are easy to work with and would welcome your project ideas for consideration.

Planning Commission Members

Chairman: Mike Ziegler
Vice Chairperson: David Picot

Secretary: Jackie Huepenbecker  

Trustee: Kristen Kaatz (Village Council)
Trustee: Wil Morris(Village Council)
Trustee: Steve Stencel
Trustee: Doug Roehl
Trustee: Mike Fulton
Trustee: Tim Regan


Municipal Dept. Zoning Board of Appeals


Chairman: Tom Constantineau
Trustee: Bob Timmerman
Trustee: Bernard Havel

Contact Zoning Administrator