Master Plan/no Planning Commission

Asked May 7, 2018, 12:24 PM EDT

Can a local unit of Government adopt a Master Plan without having a Planning Commission?

Delta County Michigan

1 Response

The Michigan Planning Enabling Act, 125.3801 et seq., assigns the planning commission the "power and duty to make and approve a master plan as a guide for development within the planning jurisdiction." The master plan is thus focused on physical development and land use. It also provides the basis necessary to exercise the authority to zone granted under the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act. A local government's legislative body could, without a planning commission, adopt its own strategic or operational plan, which would instead focus on management or general governance issues.