Planning, Zoning, and Building Department

We will create the ultimate model of Tribal planning and development by utilizing the highest quality professional practices. We will formulate processes that involve the Tribal community by promoting community out-reach, consensus and inter-governmental alliances.


We will utilize our resources to gather planning data that is relevant, highly accurate and useable. We will employ dedicated planning professionals who will use their skills to provide comprehensive and strategic planning that anticipates the needs and visions of the Tribe. We will maintain the support of Tribal leadership by providing trustworthy and reliable plans and recommendations.”


The Planning Department has 4 main areas of responsibility: Planning, which includes land use, transportation, facility development, and other types of planning along with computer mapping (GIS); Zoning, which includes administering the LTBB Zoning Ordinance; Building, which includes administering the LTBB Building Codes, as well as assisting with the construction development process for Tribal projects like the new Fish Hatchery on Drier Road, and Mobility Management, which includes coordination of transit resources to maximize benefit for LTBB Tribal Citizens.


The Planning Department facilitates the design and construction of all projects on LTBB Trust Land including consultation, site planning, permitting, code review, and inspection services. We are currently involved in projects to develop housing at 2nd Street, Mtigwaakiis and WahWahsNooDeKa, as well as working with the Odawa Casino and OEDMI on their development projects and working with the Natural Resources Department on the LTBB Fish Hatchery and the 9-Mile Point boat launch. In recent years, we have worked with the Health Department on their Behavior Health and LTBB Pharmacy remodel projects and the Archives & Repatriations Department with their climate-controlled storage expansion.

Tribal Planner: Amanda Swiss
Transportation Planner: Amanda Swiss
Admin Assistant: Tammy Willis


Location: 7500 Odawa Circle, Harbor Springs, MI 49740
Contact Number: (231) 242-1591
Email address: ASwiss@LTBBODAWA-NSN.GOV