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Southwest Michigan Planning Commission

The Regional Planning Agency for Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren Counties



The Southwest Michigan Planning Commission (SWMPC) serves Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren Counties as one of fourteen regional planning and development organizations in the State of Michigan.

The mission of the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission is to promote a sustainable, high quality of life through the facilitation of sound planning and decision-making.  The SWMPC is committed to facilitating the development of intergovernmental cooperation and coordination within our region and with our neighboring regions.

The SWMPC specializes in providing data, information, maps, and technical assistance for planning and grant writing in Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren Counties.  The major program areas include transportation, economic development, community planning, and natural resource protection.


The SWMPC office is located in downtown Benton Harbor.
Southwest Michigan Planning Commission
376 W Main Street
Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022


The Southwest Michigan Planning Commission provides a variety of planning services to the communities in Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren counties.

 Community Planning Services include the research, writing and development of Comprehensive Master Plans and Community Park, Recreation, Open Space, and Greenway Plans.

 Environmental Planning Services include watershed planning and implementation, stormwater education, grant writing, and assistance with township planning and zoning efforts to better protect natural resources.

 Transportation Planning Services include TwinCATS, NATS,transit and non-motorized planning.

 Mapping and GIS Services are available to communities in southwest Michigan.  SWMPC also provides census data and other information to support grant writing and planning efforts in the region.

 Other Planning Services include hazard mitigation plans, heritage route management plans, public transit studies, and social and human service plans.

 Economic Development Planning for Berrien, Cass and Van Buren Counties: through its federal designation as a regional Economic Development District, the SWMPC develops an annual regional economic development plan, assists with grant writing, implementation of Community Development Block Grants, and other Economic Development Planning services.

 The SWMPC provides services addressing needs and rests for regional, statewide and national data. Check the Information Requests page for more information.