Community Development

The mission of the Community Development division is to promote tribal development while expanding the Tribe's ability to exercise its sovereign rights through planning, analysis, recording and implementation, all while protecting Mother Earth.


Geographic Information Services (GIS)

GIS provides accurate information, assistance, support, utility location as well as maintains and creates information to aid in the development of maps to support Departmental activities.

Steven Wahweotten, GIS Specialist

Ten County Service Area | Tax Exempt Area | Utility Line Installation Specifications
Utility Locating & Excavation Policy | Utility Line Trace Wire Product Specifications | Utility Locate Request Form


Land Development Pre-Application Review

All building, demolition, grading, and excavation activities taking place on Tribal Lands (with a few limited exceptions) must meet various codes, ordinances, and specifications in order to protect health, safety, and the environment. These requirements vary depending on the scope and the nature of the project. For example, a new flag pole may require a utility locate only, while a new structure may require building permits, utility locate, and environmental review.

To ensure that all projects meet all standards, a Pre-Application Review is required and is coordinated by the Community Development Team.

The Pre-Application Review will identify: building permits needed, environmental and cultural review requirements, utility location specifications and requirements, soil erosion and sedimentation control requirements, and other criteria such as if a re-zoning or re-classification is required. For those projects requiring only minimal permitting the Pre-Application Review will confirm these requirements for the project sponsors and for more complex projects it will ensure that all parties are working together for efficient development.

For further information including a Pre-Application Conference Request form, please contact Robert Torzynski, Planning Manager, at:, or by telephone at (269) 782-4896. 

Tribal Transportation Program

Tribal Transportation Program keeps inventory of all the roads, maintains a long-range transportation plan, and creates an annual transportation improvement plan.

Robert Torzynski Planning Manager


Realty/Properties retains records of all Tribal Owned Properties including: Mortgages, Rental, Easements, Utility Information, Addresses, Surveys, and Leasing documents.
Wendy Lipscomb-Hatcher Housing and Community Development Office Manager


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