County Plans

County Plans

Cover 2.jpgCounty Master Plan (Approved October 2018)

2018 County Master Plan Approved Final

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A master plan is a blueprint for the future. The plan looks at the current state of a unit of government, where it has been, and where it would like to go in the future. That unit of government, whether local, county, or regional, uses the plan to guide decisions affecting land use, such as infrastructure improvements or the preservation of open space, to name two of many.  Preparing a master plan is always a lengthy process requiring input and information from many people, groups, and sources.

The Livingston County Master Plan is a web-based plan that contains many web links of current Planning Trends and provides numerous Best Practices examples from local municipalities, our region, our State and throughout the US, and is intended to be used by local cities, villages and townships during the formation or revision of their own plans, maps, and ordinances. To be fully effective, this plan must be viewed and utilized digitally, although the plan can be downloaded and printed by the user. Any information found in the Livingston County Master Plan is meant to be duplicated in local planning and zoning documents.  

CIP Cover.jpg2019-2024 County Capital Improvement Plan


Livingston County’s Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) is a planning tool, with a goal to identify and schedule capital improvements annually over a six-year period. The CIP is an opportunity to formulate strategic longterm policy decisions that extends beyond the current budget year. The CIP helps track multi-year projects that may require planning, design, land acquisition and construction. The projects identified in the CIP represent the Livingston County’s plan to serve residents and anticipate the needs of a growing and dynamic community.

The general characteristics of most capital items for county budgeting/programming purposes are:

a) Large in size
b) Proportionally large in cost (in excess of $50,000)
d) Lengthy in duration (useful life greater than three years)

All projects included within the County CIP are reviewed and a call for new projects is made annually.

Cover.jpg2017 County Hazard Mitigation Plan

2017 Hazard Mitigation Plan

Livingston County is vulnerable to multiple hazards including those caused by the natural environment, technology and humans.
The ability of a community to respond effectively to hazards before they cause a disaster, depends largely on actions or mitigation measures taken before a disaster occurs.
Mitigative measures are actions of a long term, permanent nature that reduce the actual or potential risk of loss of life or property from a hazardous event.
This Hazard Mitigation Plan coordinates these actions for all 20 local units of government in Livingston County.


GR Ave Corridor.jpg2013 Grand River Avenue - Access Management Study

Grand River Avenue Access Management Study

Grand River Avenue is classified as an arterial highway that links the communities of Brighton, Brighton Township, Genoa Township, Green Oak Charter Township, Oceola Township, Howell, and Howell Township in Livingston County in their business, educational, social and recreational activities. The corridor is characterized by growing traffic congestion, increasing safety concerns and continued commercial, industrial, residential, and office development of land adjacent to the corridor. A majority of the congestion and crashes experienced along the corridor can be attributed to traffic conflicts associated with the location of driveways. Increasing traffic volumes and development plans threaten to worsen existing problems.

Therefore, the corridor communities along with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), the Livingston County Road Commission (LCRC), and the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) have developed the Grand River Access Management Plan.

This plan provides a cooperative and coordinated approach to access for planned and existing development along the corridor.