Community Development
Elizabeth A. Hude, Community Development Director E. Hude, Photo - Copy

Elizabeth has served in her role with the City of Mason since 2017 and reports directly to the City Manager.  She works collaboratively with the community and staff to prepare and implement the Master Plan, Parks and Recreation Plan and the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for the City of Mason.  Her team is also responsible for administering zoning and building permits, land division/combination applications, code enforcement, and provides staff support to the Community Gardeners, Planning Commission, Historic District Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Building and Sign Boards of Appeals. 

Elizabeth leads her team with nearly 20 years of experience in planning and regulatory review.  Over the years she has worked on planning and community engagement initiatives at all levels of government – local, regional, state, and federal, which focused on wastewater, solid waste, highways, transit, land use, economic development, and arts and culture. She is a member of the American Planning Association and certified through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).  Elizabeth has a Bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University with a major in Urban and Regional Planning and a minor in Public Administration. She also graduated from Lansing Community College with an Associate Degree in Dance.

Elizabeth is a native Bulldog, proud graduate of Mason High School, and member of First United Methodist Church.  She loves her hometown and is proud to be back and serving her community after spending several years on the east coast. Growing up in Mason taught her many important lessons about working together for the greatest good, and balancing social, economic and environmental issues through good planning. She and her team are prepared to listen to your ideas and concerns, and work together to keep Mason a great place!

Zoning Permits
A zoning permit is required for most non-residential/commercial developments. It is a document that is issued for the use, building or alteration of land and/or a structure in accordance with the City of Mason’s zoning ordinances. The permitting process allows for the review of a development proposal by the various city departments – engineering, public works, fire and police, and some county and state agencies, prior to the final review and approval of the Planning Commission.
The review confirms that the development is consistent with the community’s vision as expressed in the Master Plan, and with regulations intended to protect the health, safety, and general welfare (social, economic, and environmental) of our residents, visitors, property owners, and businesses.
Two of the most common types of zoning permits issued by the City of Mason are for Special Use and Site Plan. The zoning ordinance can be found in Chapters 94 and 100 of the City of Mason Ordinances and explains when a zoning permit is required, what uses are allowed in the various zoning districts, and what the lot and building dimensional requirements are.
Building Permits and Building Safety
A building permit is a document issued for the building or alteration of a structure in accordance with the State of Michigan Building Code. For more information, visit here.
Building permits help to ensure the safety, health and welfare of our community. When you obtain a permit, your project is reviewed to make sure work is completed according to the most recent safety standards to protect you, your property and your neighbors. Obtaining a permit and keeping your property in good shape is one of the many ways you contribute to making Mason a great community!  An application can be found below. 
Land Division and Combinations
The division or combination of land parcels is done in accordance with MCL Act 288 of 1967 and the City of Mason Ordinance Chapter 74 Subdivisions and Other Divisions of Land. An application can be found here.
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Community Information and Resources2 documents

  • Application for Board or Commission
    document Header Application for Board or Commission
    Required to be considered for a Board or Commission Appointment
  • Mason Public Art Policy
    document Header Mason Public Art Policy
    Policies and procedures related to Public Art

Current Plans, Studies, and Resources2 documents

  • Main Street Facade Study (1984)
    document Header Main Street Facade Study (1984)
    A resource for facade renovations in the Downtown
  • Master Plan
    document Header Master Plan
    Completed in 2014

Building Permit Information1 document

  • Building Permit Information
    document Header Building Permit Information

Zoning Information & Maps5 documents

  • Historic District Map
    document Header Historic District Map
    Projects in this District may require additional review by the Historic District Commission
  • Mason Zoning Map
    document Header Mason Zoning Map
    Updated 02.20.2023
  • Zoning Board of Appeals Application
    document Header Zoning Board of Appeals Application
    Application used to request a variance, appeal, interpretation, etc. of the Zoning Board of Appeals.
  • Zoning Ordinance Amendment Application
    document Header Zoning Ordinance Amendment Application
    Request for a zoning ordinance change.
  • Zoning Permit
    document Header Zoning Permit

Other Permits and Applications1 document

  • Land Division,Combination,Conveyance Application
    document Header Land Division,Combination,Conveyance Application