County Plans

County Plans

 County Plans

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County 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.

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2020-2021 Livingston County Trails Plan

Livingston County Trails Plan document

Livingston County Trails Plan map

The development of this plan was led by Livingston County.

The need for a Livingston County Trail Plan was identified by LivON: Livingston County Outdoor Network.

Funding for this project was provided, in part, through the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, Planning Assistance Program for Multi-Community Planning

This group, LivON, is comprised of Livingston County park providers, recreation clubs, conservationists, and Livingston County Township Supervisors, Village Presidents and City Mayors/Managers of each of the twenty local units of government. It is chaired by the Supervisor of Putnam Township and is facilitated by (3) three entities: Livingston County Planning Department; Huron-Clinton Metroparks; and two (2) DNR staff with offices in Livingston County at Island Lake Recreation Area and Brighton State Park. The impetus for this project concept is the current construction and completion
of the Mike Levine Lakelands Trail through Green Oak Township and its connection to Island Lake Recreation Area and the Huron Valley Trail in Oakland County as Route #1 of the Great Lake-to-Lake Trails. With the completion of this State of
Michigan trail way in mind, LivON members expressed a desire to improve trail connections throughout Livingston County and to better connect secondary trails into the primary Great Lake-to-Lake Trail.


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2022 Livingston County High Quality Natural Areas Assessment

Livingston County High Quality Natural Areas Assessment

Link: High Quality Natural Areas Interactive Map

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In 2004, the Livingston County Planning Department published the document entitled: “Livingston County’s High-Quality Natural Areas”. This publication was the initial version of this assessment. This resource tool has been used by the local units of government in Livingston County in developing Master Plans, and including local communities adding natural features language in their local zoning ordinances. These prioritized land areas are utilized in each of the Livingston County Planning Department's review of township zoning amendments and rezoning cases that come before the Livingston County Planning Commission for review and recommendation.

In 2020, Livingston County Planning Department staff decided to revise and update the original document as considerable development activity had occurred in the County during the 17-year time period. this document is the result of this process.

This report documents the natural feature characteristics of the County, identifies the County’s High-Quality Natural Areas, describes the criteria that Livingston County Planning and Geographic Information Systems Department Staff developed to prioritize the County’s High-Quality Natural Areas, analyzes the results of the prioritization, and lastly presents a number of personal behavior modifications and policy tools that can be used to protect the County’s High-Quality Natural Areas.


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2023-2028 County Capital Improvement Plan

2023-2028 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 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 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)


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2019-2023 Livingston County Parks and Open Space Plan (Approved May 9, 2019)

Livingston County Parks and Open Space Plan

The 2019 – 2023 Livingston County Parks & Open Space Plan represents an update to the 2012 – 2017 Livingston County Parks & Open Space Plan. The jurisdiction of this recreation plan is Livingston County, specifically Livingston County government owned park land. The plan is not intended to plan for the recreation needs of the local units of government in Livingston County, as more than half of the County’s twenty (20) local units of government have individual park plans addressing parks, recreation, trails, and open space in their jurisdiction.

The purpose of this plan is to guide the parks, open space and recreation decision-making of Livingston County government over the next five years. This plan follows the format required by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources in their publication entitled Guidelines For The Development Of Community Park, Recreation, Open Space and Greenway Plans.

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2019 County Transit Master Plan

The Livingston County Transit Master Plan is the product of an extensive study of the County's public transportation infrastructure. The Plan presents a set of actions that may be taken in the short, mid, and long term to improve the existing transit system and offer new mobility options for residents and visitors, as well as funding and governance options to achieve their implementation.











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2022 County Hazard Mitigation Plan

2022 Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Hazard Mitigation Plan is a compilation of natural hazards, vulnerabilities, historical events and mitigation strategies specific to Livingston County, Michigan.

This FEMA-approved plan was created through a collaborative effort between county agencies and local jurisdictions. It is intended for review by the public, local jurisdictions, private business, government entities, and others with an interest in Livingston County. The overview of natural hazards, historical events, and mitigation strategies are meant to inspire responsible community planning. It will allow citizens and businesses insight as to what Livingston County recognizes as potential hazards, and give them an opportunity to plan in advance for emergency events. Special thanks to the Livingston County Planning Department, Information and Technology GIS, Drain Commissioner's Office, Health Department, and Emergency Management Department for their efforts to develop and publish this plan.

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2013 County Permit Guidebook

County Permit Guidebook

Most often the initial contact any resident, developer or builder has with the regulatory process occurs when a development is still an idea. At this initial stage in the decision process, specific information on permits and regulations is critical for determining whether or not to commit time and money to a development.

Information is needed in order to test the feasibility of a particular course of action. Does the development conform to the local zoning ordinance? What permits are required? How long will it take to get the permits? How much do the permits cost?


The primary objective of the Livingston County Permit Guidebook is to compile information about the regulatory processes of Livingston County governmental departments into one document that will guide anyone seeking development assistance. Permit information has been assembled from the following six Livingston County departments: County Road Commission
County Information Technology Department/GIS Division
County Planning Department/ Planning Commission
County Drain Commissioner’s Office
County Department of Public Health/Environmental Health Division
County Building Department

The guidebook provides residents, developers and builders with a flow chart of steps involved in each permitting process, time estimates of each review process, lists of frequently asked permit questions, department contact information, and links to fee schedules and permit applications.

It is our hope that this guide will make doing business in Livingston County more pleasant and financially rewarding because the permit process has been simplified, thereby reducing confusion and expediting the development process.

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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.