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CITY CONSIDERS UPDATE TO ZONING ORDINANCE

 Prior to that a public hearing will be held during the November 27th Planning Commission meeting which begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

A copy of the proposed ordinance is available on the City’s website or email hberry@hwmi.org if you would like a copy emailed to you.  Hard copies are also available by contacting Hank Berry at hberry@hwmi.org or calling 248.581.2637.

For the convenience of residents the City’s Planner will be available on Monday, November 9th from 4 – 7 p.m. at City Hall to discuss the changes being proposed in the ordinance. This is a drop-in event for residents who want to ask questions or make comments on the ordinance.  A summary of the proposed changes can be found here.

The last complete redraft of the ordinance was in 1988.  Since then the Michigan Planning and Zoning Enabling Act has been amended and the City’s Master Plan has been updated at least three times.  The City’s planner, Carlisle Wortman Associates, and the City Attorney recognized that the ordinance needed to be updated to make it consistent with state statues and zoning best practices.  They also realized that streamlining and reorganizing the ordinance would make it more user-friendly and easier to understand. 

As part of the comprehensive ordinance rewrite, the City held six focus groups over the summer to get feedback on selected topics being considered.  In total, 412 invitations were sent out and 30 people participated in the focus group discussions.  Feedback from the participants was presented to the Planning Commission in September and a final draft of the ordinance was prepared and is now available to review.

The expected timeline for consideration of the proposed ordinance rewrite is:

Monday, November 9th – Planner holding hours to answer questions or take comments on the ordinance from 4 – 7 p.m. at City Hall. 

Monday, November 27th – Planning Commission holds public hearing at 7 p.m. on the ordinance rewrite and make a recommendation to the City Commission.

Tuesday, December 19th – City Commission considers the Planning Commission recommendation.

Any questions on the proposed ordinance can be directed to Hank Berry at hberry@hwmi.org or Amy Sullivan at 248.581.2632 or asullivan@hwmi.org.