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Barlow Garfield Neighborhood Plan

Barlow Garfield Neighborhood Plan


** UPDATE - March 25, 2020 - Official Public Comment Period for Draft Plan **


The draft of the Barlow Garfield Neighborhood Plan has been finalized and is now available for public comment:


View the full draft of the Barlow Garfield Neighborhood Plan here.


In accordance with the Michigan Planning Enabling Act, the draft plan will be available for public comment over a 42-day period.  If you would like to provide your comments and feedback on the plan, please send an email to the Planning Department by Thursday May 7, 2020:

John Sych, AICP, Planning Director (jsych@garfield-twp.com)

Stephen Hannon, AICP, Deputy Planning Director (shannon@garfield-twp.com)


Members of the public are invited to review and comment on the full draft of the plan. After the public comment period is completed, a final public hearing will be held by the Planning Commission before the plan is adopted by the Township Board. The plan is tentatively scheduled to be brought before the Township Board in late spring 2020.


About the Barlow Garfield Neighborhood Plan

The Barlow Garfield Neighborhood Plan is Garfield Township’s plan to help guide future land use and development for a portion of the east side of the township.  This neighborhood, the study area for the subplan, includes both sides of the street on portions of Barlow Street, South Airport Road, Garfield Avenue, and surrounding sites.  A map of the study area is shown below.


The plan incorporates research about the neighborhood including demographics, history, and current trends impacting the area. The plan also takes into account the public input gathered so far from the public input session in October, an online survey, the presentation by Bob Gibbs in November, and a survey sent by mail to all property owners in the neighborhood. This research and public input were used to create a draft strategic plan and development guidelines for the neighborhood.


The document above includes the complete plan including the appendices: Existing Conditions Report and the Results of Public Engagement.  Each appendix is also available for viewing as a separate document.  The Existing Conditions Report can be viewed here.  The Results of Public Engagement can be viewed here.


Barlow Garfield Neighborhood Plan Area


An Evening with Bob Gibbs

A presentation by Robert Gibbs, ASLA, AICP, President & Managing Partner of Gibbs Planning Group, covering the trends facing commercial and residential and the opportunities for redevelopment was held November 5, 2019, at Garfield Township Hall.  The video for "An Evening with Bob Gibbs" can be viewed here.



This page last updated on 3/25/2020.

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