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Comprehensive Plan Update

 

What is a Comprehensive Plan and how is it used? 
A Comprehensive Plan is required by Michigan Planning Enabling Act.  It must be reviewed for updates every five years to project land use planning 20 years into the future. The City’s update will be referred to as the Bigger Picture to reflect the evolution of the Big Picture Plan and not be confused with a simple update to or a complete redo of the plan.... << Read more >>

 

Who is responsible for adopting the Plan?
The Michigan Planning Enabling Act requires the Planning Commission to be responsible for developing and approving the Comprehensive Plan; however, the City Council may by resolution assert their right to approve or reject the plan. Historically the City Council has not asserted their right to approve the plan and final approval was made by the Planning Commission.

 

Who are the steering committee members and how will they contribute to the Comprehensive Plan update process?

The steering committee members are primarily volunteer members of the community.  Other members are volunteers who have a vested interest in the community and or are have participated in other local or regional planning efforts..... << Read more >>

 

Watch The Bigger Picture Plan & Design Kickoff Presentation Featuring Lou Glazer and Mark Miller
A recording of Michigan Future, Inc. Founder and President Lou Glazer's keynote address and Urban Designer and Architect Mark Miller's introduction on urban form is available to watch online. The event was part of The Bigger Picture Plan & Design Week kickoff on Monday, Oct. 14. WATCH VIDEO.

 

   Human Dignity, Community Education and Civic Participation Steering Committee - focuses on policies that advance and achieve social equity and healthy lifestyles among residents of all ages, income and cultures and policies which improve access to information and knowledge about issues affecting the community. Learn more.
  Economic Sustainability Steering Committee – focuses on policies that protect and improve the economic conditions of the city by encouraging community growth in a way that can be sustained for many years into the future. Learn more.
  Housing Steering Committee– focuses on policies that ensure safe and affordable housing opportunities for persons of all ages, incomes and cultures, and policies which identify the appropriate housing densities where redevelopment opportunities border existing housing stock and commercial structures. Learn more.
  Transportation, Infrastructure and Environmental Sustainability Steering Committee – focuses on policies that recognize the communities motorized and non-motorized transportation needs relative to land use patterns, the physical structures that are needed for the city to function, and the long term effects of development on the environment. Learn more.
  Urban Form Steering Committee – focuses on policies that consider the physical shape and structure of the city as it is formed by buildings, streets, land uses, art and aesthetic choices made by past and present residents to formulate how the urban fabric is configured in the future. Learn more.

 

 

What is a Comprehensive Plan and how is it used? 
A Comprehensive Plan is required by Michigan Planning Enabling Act.  It must be reviewed for updates every five years to project land use planning 20 years into the future. The City’s update will be referred to as the Bigger Picture to reflect the evolution of the Big Picture Plan and not be confused with a simple update to or a complete redo of the plan.... << Read more >>

 

Who is responsible for adopting the Plan?
The Michigan Planning Enabling Act requires the Planning Commission to be responsible for developing and approving the Comprehensive Plan; however, the City Council may by resolution assert their right to approve or reject the plan. Historically the City Council has not asserted their right to approve the plan and final approval was made by the Planning Commission.

 

Who are the steering committee members and how will they contribute to the Comprehensive Plan update process?

The steering committee members are primarily volunteer members of the community.  Other members are volunteers who have a vested interest in the community and or are have participated in other local or regional planning efforts..... << Read more >>

 

Watch The Bigger Picture Plan & Design Kickoff Presentation Featuring Lou Glazer and Mark Miller
A recording of Michigan Future, Inc. Founder and President Lou Glazer's keynote address and Urban Designer and Architect Mark Miller's introduction on urban form is available to watch online. The event was part of The Bigger Picture Plan & Design Week kickoff on Monday, Oct. 14. WATCH VIDEO.

 

   Human Dignity, Community Education and Civic Participation Steering Committee - focuses on policies that advance and achieve social equity and healthy lifestyles among residents of all ages, income and cultures and policies which improve access to information and knowledge about issues affecting the community. Learn more.
  Economic Sustainability Steering Committee – focuses on policies that protect and improve the economic conditions of the city by encouraging community growth in a way that can be sustained for many years into the future. Learn more.
  Housing Steering Committee– focuses on policies that ensure safe and affordable housing opportunities for persons of all ages, incomes and cultures, and policies which identify the appropriate housing densities where redevelopment opportunities border existing housing stock and commercial structures. Learn more.
  Transportation, Infrastructure and Environmental Sustainability Steering Committee – focuses on policies that recognize the communities motorized and non-motorized transportation needs relative to land use patterns, the physical structures that are needed for the city to function, and the long term effects of development on the environment. Learn more.
  Urban Form Steering Committee – focuses on policies that consider the physical shape and structure of the city as it is formed by buildings, streets, land uses, art and aesthetic choices made by past and present residents to formulate how the urban fabric is configured in the future. Learn more.

 

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Upcoming Meetings

 

Economic Sustainability Steering Committee

10/02/14 - 7:00 PM
Hannah Community Center, Room TBD

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Transportation Steering Committee

10/06/14 - 7:00 PM
Hannah Community Center, Room TBD

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Human Dignity Steering Committee

10/08/14 - 4:30 PM
Hannah Community Center, Room TBD

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Housing Steering Committee

10/09/14 - 7:00 PM
Hannah Community Center, Room TBD

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Urban Form Steering Committee

10/13/14 - 7:00 PM
Hannah Community Center, Room TBD

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