Master Plan Rewrite

City Planning


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A master plan is a dynamic long-term planning document that provides a conceptual layout to guide future growth and development. Master planning is about making the connection between buildings, social settings, and their surrounding environments.

The City’s current Master Plan was adopted in 2009, and updated/amended in 2017. The Michigan Planning Enabling Act (MPEA), Public Act 33 of 2008, as amended, requires that a Planning Commission review its Master Plan every five years, and decide whether to amend the existing document or adopt a new document. 

The City issued a Request for Proposals in early 2022 to work with a consultant to rewrite the City’s Master Plan. The document will guide policy to help create a vision of what the future will look like in relation to land use development and preservation. The City intends to work with a consultant that will implement a robust public engagement plan to develop a community vision with programmatic goals and recommendations for planning and zoning. 

Desired Master Plan Content and Format
The new Master Plan is envisioned to be both a physical plan and a policy guide for staff and decision makers to guide community development for the next 30 years. It should address:

  • Housing and Affordability
  • Land Use Patterns and Intensities
  • Economic Development, Job Growth, and Economic Resiliency
  • Cultural and Historic Resources
  • Recreation and Civic Spaces
  • Community Services and Facilities
  • Transportation and Circulation, including a Mobility/Bicycle Network Plan
  • Sustainability, Natural Resources, Water and Energy
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity
  • Incorporation of the Village of Grand Traverse Commons, which has its own Master Plan, within the broader framework of the City.
  • Priority redevelopment areas
  • Action plan implementation table and zoning plan
  • Requirements of MEDC’s Redevelopment Ready Communities