Planning Commission & Zoning Board of Appeals

What We Do

Planning Commission

The Royal Oak Township Planning Commission is responsible for reviewing development proposals for commercial, industrial, and residential construction or renovation projects. The Planning Commission is also responsible for updating the Township’s Master Plan and ensuring the township continues to work toward the vision of the Master Plan over time. For more information on the Master Plan, please visit the Planning and Building webpage.

Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA)

The Zoning Board of Appeals is responsible for hearing applicant requests to deviate from the Zoning Ordinance, which is one of the Township’s local laws. The Zoning Ordinance controls how property is developed and what it can be used for. For more information on the Zoning Ordinance, please visit the Planning and Building webpage.


All members are appointed for 3-year staggered terms.

Planning Commission

Click here to read the Bylaws.

  • Jerry Saddler, Chairperson
  • Ottist Flournoy III, Vice Chairperson
  • Pat Appling
  • Roslind Kennedy
  • Chloe Ramey
  • Donna Squalls, Supervisor (Ex-Officio)
  • Wanda Allen, Liaison (Ex-Officio)


  • Pat Appling
  • Sandra Boyd
  • April Roberts Thompson
  • Wanda Allen (Alternate)
  • Chloe Ramey (Alternate)



Planning Commission


  • Time:5:30 p.m.
  • Location:21131 Garden Lane, Room 210, Ferndale, MI 48220
  • Dates:As Scheduled (First Tuesday of every month). No meetings are scheduled for 2024 at this time.


Annual Report

Read the 2022 Annual Report.


December 12, 2022 Approved Minutes

January 11, 2023 Approved Minutes

April 12, 2023 Approved Minutes

May 5, 2023 Approved Minutes

September 5, 2023 Approved Minutes


21131 Gardenlane - 2nd Floor, Grant School - Ferndale, MI 48220