Livingston County Master Plan
Welcome - A Brief Historical Perspective of County Planning
The first ever Livingston County Comprehensive/Master Plan was adopted by the Livingston County Planning Commission in December 2002, followed by an endorsement of the plan in January 2003 from the Livingston County Board of Commissioners.
Since the time of adoption, our department and Planning Commission has periodically updated the document according to the
requirements of the Michigan Planning Enabling Act (PA 33 of 2008 as
amended). These minor revisions to the master plan document are no
longer sufficient. Land use planning in Livingston County has changed
significantly over the last thirteen years and we have determined that
it is time to develop a new Livingston County Master Plan.
At the May 2015 meeting of
the Livingston County Planning Commission, Commissioners authorized the
distribution of correspondence to our Livingston County local units of
government and other entities as required by the Michigan Planning
Enabling Act, advising them that the Livingston County Planning
Commission intends to prepare a new Livingston County Master Plan.
Over the course of this
planning process, we will request the participation of the Livingston
County Board of Commissioners, our local units of government and
YOU, THE PUBLIC, in various master plan work sessions and/or other opportunities for review and comment.
Information throughout the
planning process will be provided on this website. We look forward to
your participation and input throughout the preparation of our
COUNTY MASTER PLAN.
What Is A County Master Plan?
The content of a county master plan differs from a
local master plan. It is a big-picture, county-wide approach to planning
in Livingston County that focuses on the planning related features that
20 local units of government. These features may be part of the built
environment such as transportation corridors or land uses at the
boundaries of each municipality, or they may be natural features such as
rivers and streams. Livingston County does not currently have a
county-wide zoning ordinance, so the Livingston County Master Plan is
intended to influence both the master plans and zoning ordinances of our
Other distinctions of county master plan content include:
Policies that are not specific to each
community; they are broad and apply to the whole county or portions of
the county and do not follow the geographical boundaries of a township,
city or village.
Future Land Use Map that is not parcel-based like they are in local
master plans; the county map is more generalized with the appearance of a
that recommends land use policies and best practices that can be
applicable to all or most of our 20 local communities depending upon the
Policies and best practices that focus on the features
that connect our local communities such as: transportation corridors,
rivers and streams, trails and even technology such as broadband. The
plan also concentrates on land use transitions and potential conflicts
at our municipal boundaries.
How is the County Master Plan Beneficial To Our Local Communities?
The County Plan offers county-wide
policies regarding the built and natural features that connect our local
municipalities. These policies can be incorporated into the master
plans and zoning ordinances of our Livingston County townships, cities
and villages through the goals and objectives of these documents.
The County Plan also offers best
practices that our local municipalities can implement by supplementing
the requirements of their zoning ordinances.
The recommended policies and best practices of
the County Plan will be largely
derived from some exemplary policies and practices that are already in
place within our local township, city and village master plan and zoning
The County Plan presents exemplary
policies and practices from our 20 local communities and other regional
partners such as SEMCOG and the Huron River Watershed Council, so that
all municipalities in Livingston County can draw from a common source.
The County Plan is developed to
connect us as a group of 20 communities so that the good planning and
zoning of one community has a positive impact on the other 19
communities in Livingston County and those positive planning and zoning
impacts are multiplied by being replicated throughout a majority of our
Livingston County communities.