The Livingston County Department of Planning
engages in many activities which support local governmental and
non-governmental partners. These activities include:
Occasionally, County Planning contracts with local units of government
for preparing/updating local Master Plans, Zoning Ordinances, Recreation
Plans, as well as providing a variety of contracted planning services
such as site plan and zoning and text amendment review.
County Planning produces annual or periodical publications such as Data
Book & Community Profiles, County Comprehensive Plan, Comprehensive
Economic Development Strategy, County Hazard Mitigation Plan. In
addition, the department has prepared a variety of technical assistance
publications on planning topics such as gravel roads, open space
developments, impervious surfaces, transportation, agriculture,
build-out analysis, natural features, etc. These items can now be
downloaded directly from our website.
Rezoning and Text Amendment Reviews:
County Planning coordinates and facilitates the activities of the
Livingston County Planning Commission, including State of Michigan
statutory responsibilities such as review and analysis of township
rezoning and text amendments. County Planning Staff maintain liaison
relationships with local units of government by periodically meeting or
contacting administrative and planning staff, attending community
meetings, and providing services such as courtesy rezoning and text
reviews (prior to formal county review).
Capital Improvement Planning: Preparation of annual Livingston County Capital Improvement Plan
Planning Department Newsletter:
County Planning undertakes periodic publication of County Planning
Connection newsletter containing planning subjects relevant to
Parks and Recreation Planning –
Facilitation of the Livingston County Board of Commissioner’s Parks and
Recreation Advisory Committee, and master planning for each county park.
County Planning organizes a variety of events to engage and inform the
community about planning issues. Past events have included: Planner’s
Luncheons; Housing Growth & Opportunity seminars; Lutz County Park
events, public hearings, etc.
County Planning provides staff support to County Committees and Sub-Committees:
County Board Committee Appointments – Huron River Watershed Council, SEMCOG Executive Committee and General Assembly, Local Community Emergency Response Team, Livingston County Leadership Council on Aging, and the Human Services Collaborative Body (HSCB).
County Planning is the only local affiliate of the Michigan State Data
Center/Business and Industry Center Program (MSDC/BIDCP) with
responsibilities for maintaining a publicly accessible collection of
Census Bureau reference and statistical publications as supplied by the
Census Bureau and MSDC/BIDCP. County Planning is also involved in Census
geography activities (e.g. establishment of census tracts, boundary and
annexation surveys, etc.)
Occasionally County Planning undertakes or assists local communities or
agencies in the preparation and submission of Community Development
Block Grants (CDBG) for sewer and water expansion, Michigan Natural
Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) grants for parks, Joint Public Ventures
Challenge Grants, etc.