Social Justice Youth Award Nominations Accepted through January 7, 2020

The City of Kalamazoo is currently accepting nominations for the 2021 Social Justice Youth Awards. The awards recognize Kalamazoo-area students that have demonstrated achievements in racial justice, community service, volunteerism, and leadership.

Selected local students will be recognized by the Social Justice Youth Awards program. The City of Kalamazoo sponsors the Dr. Lewis Walker Award, which honors Dr. Walkers legacy as a trailblazer for the progression of racial equity in Kalamazoo. Six additional awards will be presented by the program sponsors: Consumers Energy, Schupan and Sons, Fifth Third Bank, Life EMS, Lodge-Dennis, and Kalamazoo Nonviolent Opponents of War. The award recipients will receive a monetary scholarship and a certificate of recognition

The awards will be presented at the City Commission meeting on Tuesday, January 19, the day after the Martin Luther King, Jr Community-Wide Day of Service.

Nominations are accepted from adults who work with young people in any capacity, such as teachers, mentors, or coaches. Kalamazoo-area students between the ages of 12-19 are eligible for the award. Nominations are due by Monday, November 30, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Nominations can be submitted online at Paper applications are also available from the City Manager’s Office at City Hall. If you need assistance, please contact (269) 337-8047. More information is available at



City Clerk Announces Application Period of December 9 – December 20, 2019 for Medical Marihuana Facility Operating Permits

The Kalamazoo City Clerk’s Office will begin accepting applications for Medical Marihuana Facility Operating Permits at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, December 9, 2019.  The deadline for submitting applications is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 20, 2019. No applications or parts of applications will be accepted outside of this application period.

During this application period the City Clerk’s Office will accept permit applications for all five types of Medical Marihuana Facilities:  Growers, Processors, Secure Transporters, Safety/Compliance Facilities, and Provisioning Centers. Applications must be submitted in person during normal business hours (8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday) and must include a completed and signed application form, all attachments required in the application, the appropriate permit fee paid in full, and photo identification of the person submitting the application. The City Clerk will not accept incomplete applications.

Application forms are available from the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall (241 West South Street) or online at Additional resources are also available including the administrative rules and answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ’s).

Please note that the City of Kalamazoo is NOT accepting applications for adult-use (recreational) marihuana facility permits at this time. On October 7, 2019 the City Commission adopted Ordinance 2000, which delays until June 1, 2020 the City’s opt-in to adult-use facilities.


On Monday, April 2, 2018 the Kalamazoo City Commission adopted Ordinances 1957 and 1962, which implemented the Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act in the City of Kalamazoo.  These ordinances were updated and amended by Ordinance 1994 on July 15, 2019 and Ordinance 1997 on September 16, 2019. Copies of the adopted ordinances and zoning maps are available on the City’s website at the following location: For more information contact City Clerk Scott Borling at (269) 337-8792.

2020 Proposed Budget Available for Review

The City of Kalamazoo's Proposed Budget for 2020 is now available for review here. The City Commission will meet for a special Work Session to review the budget proposal on Monday, December 9 in the Community Room at City Hall starting at 5pm. You can view an interactive presentation of the 2020 Proposed Budget online here

Prior year budgets are available for review at


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