City of Grand Rapids begins updating Master Plan

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan – Grand Rapids city officials have begun the planning process for a new master plan that will guide the city on issues such as land use, development, infrastructure, public safety, professional training, sustainability, and overall quality of life.

The current master plan was completed in 2002 and covers 20 to 30 years. It must be reviewed every five years, according to a press release on Wednesday.

Phase 1 of the process gathered information from the community on the achievements of the 2002 Master Plan and where improvements could be made.

Twenty master plan moderators – individual community members and representatives from community organizations – coordinated the meetings to review and discuss the 2002 plan.

The new master plan will address issues that have been given higher priorities since the previous plan, such as the availability of housing and reducing the city’s environmental impact, as well as new priorities related to equity, inclusion and sustainability.

“Although our current master plan provides an effective starting point, we know that gaps need to be filled in order to design our city for the next 20 years,” said Layla Aslani, project manager for planning.

Grand Rapids is now entering the second phase of the process, which calls for public input and participation.

City officials will host community meetings to discuss the future of Grand Rapids and how the master plan can better represent and serve its residents.

This is expected to start in late summer 2021.

“We want members from all areas and communities in our city to contribute so that we can better understand the wants and needs of our city as a whole,” said Kristin Turkelson, city planning director.

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