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eMacomb - Planning News, Summer 2015
City of Utica Master Plan Update
The Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development provides planning services to the City of Utica as part of a contractual agreement. Department staff are currently working with city officials to develop a five-year master plan update. (Public Act 33 of 2008 - The Michigan Planning Enabling Act - requires communities to prepare and adopt a master plan to guide community growth and development every five years.)
This process - which is expected to take 19 months to complete - commenced in May. The planning process will consist of:
- Creation of detailed inventories of current land usage and vacant properties within the community
- Delineation of community character areas (residential neighborhoods, downtown, M-59 corridor, etc.) and development of future plans for use of each of these areas
- Assessment of the current transportation system, including non-motorized vehicles
- Three public workshop sessions throughout the project for gathering input from stakeholder groups
- Internet-based community survey of public concerns
The updated plan will be a comprehensive document that provides guidance for short- and long-term community development and investment. It will include objectives for each of the defined community character areas as well as a five-year action plan.
Jeff Schroeder, Program Manager for Planning and Mapping Services, says, “We are honored to be chosen to assist in this.”
Village Council is expected to approve the resulting plan in late summer of 2016, following a legislated 63 public review and comment period and formal public hearing.