Multi-family Ordinances and the Master Plan

Asked October 11, 2016, 11:58 AM EDT

If a city has multi-family residential ordinances and the Master Plan recommends that the entire residential district of the city should allow multi-family development, could a judge decide to rezone single-family lots to the multi-family district if a developer went to court?

Oakland County Michigan community planning and zoning city ordinances master plan

1 Response

Good Afternoon:

The Zoning Ordinance will be the document that is enforceable.

To provide you with more details on the difference between the Master Plan and the Zoning Ordinance, I have included a very informative article and link from the Michigan State University Extension Website titled:

Difference between a zoning ordinance and a master plan


Also please reference the article below for more information on these subjects.

Zoning and police power ordinances are not the same, and should not be mixed together


As always, I recommend seeking the advice of your county attorney when there are questions regarding the enforcement of ordinances and decisions made by the Planning Commission.

Have a wonderful day