Livingston County Master Plan
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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 connect our 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 local communities.

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.

A 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 diagram.

Content that recommends land use policies and best practices that can be applicable to all or most of our 20 local communities depending upon the subject.

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 documents.

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.