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Master Plan Update

Garfield Township is currently in the process of reviewing and updating the Township Master Plan to help guide land use, zoning, and other policies.  The planning process articulates a vision of residents' desires for what the Township will look like in the future as well as goals, objectives, and actions to achieve that vision.

What is a master plan? (from Michigan Association of Planning)


The Michigan Zoning Enabling Act (MZEA) requires zoning to be based on a plan, so if a community wishes to adopt a zoning ordinance, it must also prepare and adopt a master plan to serve as the basis for the various zoning districts in the jurisdiction. Thus, communities must also follow the Michigan Planning Enabling Act (MPEA) for engaging in land use planning and preparing a master plan.


Please check this page often for information about the project including data, community engagement opportunities, and more!


Community Engagement Pop-Up Event – The Township hosted a pop-up event on Saturday July 15, 2023 at Silver Lake Recreation Area to gather community input for the Master Plan.  The event consisted of a “visual preference survey” with picture boards showing various images of development concepts, and attendees were encouraged to express their preferences to each image.


DRAFT Master Plan Chapters - The Planning Commission has been reviewing draft Master Plan chapters, including draft Goals and Objectives for different topic areas.  Take a look at the following and feel free to provide your feedback.  Check back here for additional draft chapters throughout 2023.


DRAFT - Parks and Trails

DRAFT - Natural Resources

DRAFT - Transportation and Infrastructure

DRAFT - Economic Development

DRAFT - Housing

DRAFT - Public Safety


Community Survey Results – Garfield Township recently conducted a random-sample survey as part of the public engagement process of updating the Master Plan.  Please see the following summary report of the survey, and look for additional public engagement opportunities for the Master Plan in 2023.


2022 Charter Township of Garfield Community Survey - Summary Report


This page last updated on 8/23/2023.

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