Roseville seeks planning and development input at next joint meeting

By: Bria Brown, | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published July 12, 2017

ROSEVILLE — Roseville’s City Council, Downtown Development Authority and Planning Commission will have a joint meeting at 7 p.m. July 18 at Roseville City Hall, 29777 Gratiot Ave., as part of the city’s recertification in the Redevelopment Ready Communities program.

A Zoning Board of Appeals meeting will be held prior to the joint board meeting at 6:30 p.m.

The Redevelopment Ready Communities program is a “voluntary, no-cost certification program designed to promote effective redevelopment strategies through a set of best practices,” according to the Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s website, www.miplace.org.

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“The program measures and then certifies communities that integrate transparency, predictability and efficiency into their daily development practices. The RRC certification is a formal recognition that your community has a vision for the future — and the fundamental practices in place to get there,” the website states.

“We are ready to go through the recertification process for our (RRC); because we were the first in the state, we will likely be the first to be recertified. It’s exciting,” said Roseville City Manager Scott Adkins.

“We want community feedback. We want to know what people want and do not want to see in Roseville. That helps us put our planning together,” he said.

Roseville has been certified for three years, and Adkins said the program has been “overwhelmingly successful for the city.”

“It’s been very positive and embraced by the council and community; now this gives us the opportunity to see where we go next,” said Adkins.

According to Adkins, the program has helped Roseville “garner approximately $90 million worth of total reinvestment over the past three to four years.”

Adkins also said that the recent ZBA approval of the $8.2 million Holiday Inn Express development on Gratiot Avenue, west of Beaconsfield Street and north of Wallace Street, was a result of the city being redevelopment ready.

“We are aggressive about going out and bringing businesses to the community. That’s why we need to know from our residents, ‘What are you missing?’ ‘What is it that we don’t have?’ or ‘What can we do better at?’” said Adkins.

RRC program manager Michelle Parkkonen plans to be at the joint meeting and looks forward to the residents’ input. She expects that the city will be recertified.

“(Roseville) is coming up for recertification, and we anticipate that they will be recertified with flying colors,” she said.

“(Roseville) has been a fantastic community to work with, and they have shown by going through this process, the city has been able to reap the benefits of so much redevelopment,” she added.

According to Parkkonen, when the program went statewide, it started with eight communities. Now the program has 110 communities participating.

Certification lasts for three years, and at the end of the three-year period, the city is re-evaluated.

“As long as they are meeting those best practice criteria at the end of the three years, they will remain certified,” said Parkkonen.

The RCC best practices include: community plans and public outreach, zoning regulations, a development review process, recruitment and education, redevelopment ready sites, and community prosperity. 

If approved, Roseville will be certified until September 2020.

For more information on the Redevelopment Ready Communities program, visit www.miplace.org.