Roseville has updated its master plan, taking things like increased efforts to incentivize business in the Utica Junction area, pictured, and local construction projects into account.

Roseville has updated its master plan, taking things like increased efforts to incentivize business in the Utica Junction area, pictured, and local construction projects into account.

Photo by Brendan Losinski

Roseville approves updates to its master plan

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published August 12, 2021


ROSEVILLE — The City of Roseville has approved its update to its master plan, covering the city’s goals for 2022 to 2026.

The Roseville City Council approved the updated plan at its regular meeting July 27.

“Basically, it’s a roadmap for planning and future development for the city. It’s recommended it be reviewed on a five-year cycle, but it can be reviewed up to 10 years,” explained Roseville City Manager Scott Adkins. “It’s a working document, so it can be reviewed on a sliding basis, but really the Planning Commission looks at it every year. It also can be revised at any time. This is important if we have a major development like additional heavy costs or if we got a significant grant for certain projects and so forth.”

The update to the plan has been in the works for some time, a matter that was complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is a time to look at all of the factors like zoning and the needs of the community,” said James Gammicchia, Roseville’s administrative services specialist. “It’s a collaborative effort between elected officials, the (Downtown Development Authority), the Planning Commission and others to share our thoughts and what we’re seeing from the community. … Work began on this round of revisions in 2019, so it’s been something we’ve been working on for a while.”

Significant public input was included while forming the plan.

“It’s a community-driven document,” Adkins said. “One of the basic elements of this was several opportunities where residents could play a role for input. It’s guided by the Planning Commission and approved by the City Council, but it’s something that citizens helped create. We also reached out to nonprofits and neighboring communities to compare notes and get additional input, as well.”

Several aspects of civic growth were looked at by all the groups that contributed to the update.

“We looked at medical and recreational marijuana businesses and how they can change by becoming legal and allowed in communities,” Gammicchia said. “Housing types have changed; we’re missing a lot of middle housing options. ... We want to open up zoning to allow for different housing options because of this. We also looked at the economic development in the Utica Junction area, which is something the city has been looking at the last few years. Business opportunity zones in particular is something we want to make sure are in place to help bring new business to the community.”

Gammicchia said that parks, public spaces and public transit infrastructure were what they received a lot of demand for from community members.

“We talked with the community and gathered input,” he said. “More park land, trails and green space was something we heard a lot of people say they wanted. We looked at transit accessibility, as well and how well we would be able to accommodate changes or additions to transportation.”

He added that the master plan doesn’t plan out specific plans or budget arrangements; rather, it is a guide for future goals for the city.

“This isn’t about deciding specifics,” Gammicchia said. “It’s not about deciding what will go in a lot; it’s more about what kind of zoning is allowed in a certain part of the city. It’s a general plan, not a specific plan.”

Roseville has been using a master plan since 1998. The master plan can project up to 20 years, but every five years, it needs to be revised or, by law, the city needs to adopt a new master plan. The key part of revising a master plan is to look at what has changed in the city and how the community’s needs have changed.

“The plan was developed many years ago, and this was a revision,” explained Gammicchia. “Every five years, we revise it to look at the future needs of the city by looking at what has changed in Roseville. Nothing ever stays the same. COVID showed us not everyone needs an office, for instance. The new generation isn’t buying as big of houses, so there aren’t as many big homes needed when we are making zoning decisions. We want the aging population to be able to stay in the community as they get older. Things like that need to be looked at.”

Gammicchia said that Roseville has taken some big steps in the last few years and believes that the new master plan reflects that.

“The community’s growth and growth potential is huge,” he said. “It’s an exciting time to be in Roseville. The master plan lays out a high-level plan for what is happening. There are some new projects coming that will be catalysts for the continued growth of Roseville.”