On Sept. 23, a master plan community open house was held in Macomb Township, hosted by the planning department. It was held to receive public input on the master plan update.

On Sept. 23, a master plan community open house was held in Macomb Township, hosted by the planning department. It was held to receive public input on the master plan update.

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Planning department hosts master plan open house in Macomb Township

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published October 11, 2021

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — An event aimed at giving residents a chance to shape the future was recently held in Macomb Township.

A master plan community open house was hosted Sept. 23 by the Macomb Township Planning Department.

The open house, held at the Macomb Township Recreation Center, focused on the township’s ongoing master plan efforts. It was held to receive public input on the master plan update.

The master plan is a guiding document, often referenced to ensure that zonings and developments match the plan.

Topics discussed at the open house ranged from town center development and land use, to parks and recreation and housing options.

Planning Director Josh Bocks said it’s nice to receive the public’s input at this stage of the process, saying that this setting was where residents can shape the township’s future.

“Far too often, we see people at planning commission or board meetings opposed to a certain development when there’s already a shovel in the ground,” he said. “It’s usually too late at that point. This is when they need to be here and give us their opinion.”

Master plans are required to be reviewed and updated every five years through a process overseen by the township’s Planning Commission. The township’s current plan was formed in 2008.

“Typically, it’s a one-year process, but it’s taken a little longer — largely because of COVID restrictions,” Bocks said. “We’ll collect information from the residents, review what we’ve drafted and make sure we’re in line with what they’re saying.”

At that point, the planning department will seek permission from the Planning Commission and Board of Trustees to send the master plan draft to surrounding communities and various agencies.

He estimates the new master plan will be in effect near early 2022.   

“Population-wise, we’re the fastest growing community in the state, and there’s lots of development associated with that,” Bocks said.

Planning Commission Vice Chair Aaron Tuckfield said it’s good to hear people give their opinions in a neutral position.

“A lot of times, we see people at the commission and ZBA when they are concerned about a specific circumstance,” he said. “Emotions are high, so it’s good to get opinions here.”

Tuckfield has been on the commission for about six years.

“It’s not uncommon when we look at a development to say, ‘What does the master plan say about this?’” he said. “Coming in at this point can give residents much more control over future decisions that take place.”

Macomb Township resident Tom Champion attended the open house. He said his primary interest was the town center.

“I want to see how they will develop it to bring residents in here besides city hall and working out somewhere at the rec center,” he said.

The town center area is located south of 25 Mile Road, east of Romeo Plank Road. The area houses Macomb Township Town Hall, the Macomb Township Recreation Center and the new Clinton-Macomb Public Library North Branch.

“I think in the new master plan, we need an area for light industrial zoning for the tax base,” he said. “We’re attracting residents so rapidly that that is kind of a conflict.”

Recapping the open house, Bocks said about 100 people attended.

“We garnered some fantastic feedback and had many compliments on the direction the township is moving,” he said.

The survey that was available at the open house has been posted online with the draft future land use map. They can be viewed online at CultivateMacomb.com.

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