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Master Plan Cover Sheet

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2018 Master Plan

A master plan is a blueprint for the future. The plan looks at the current state of a unit of government, where it has been, and where it would like to go in the future. That unit of government, whether local, county, or regional, uses the plan to guide decisions affecting land use, such as infrastructure improvements or the preservation of open space, to name two of many. Preparing a master plan is always a lengthy process requiring input and information from many people, groups, and sources.

The Livingston County Master Plan is a web-based plan that contains many web links of current Planning Trends and provides numerous Best Practices examples from local municipalities, our region, our State and throughout the US, and is intended to be used by local cities, villages and townships during the formation or revision of their own plans, maps, and ordinances. To be fully effective, this plan must be viewed and utilized digitally, although the plan can be downloaded and printed by the user. Any information found in the Livingston County Master Plan is meant to be duplicated in local planning and zoning documents.

2023-2027 County Parks & Open Space Plan

The Livingston County Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee in partnership with the Livingston Planning Department has drafted an update to Livingston County’s current  year parks and open space plan.

The purpose of this plan is to guide the parks, open space, and recreation decision-making of Livingston County government over the next five years. This plan follows the format required by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

2020-2021 Livingston County Trails Plan

The Livingston County Trail Plan was developed by Livingston County with the support of LivON, a group of park providers, recreation clubs, conservationists, and local government officials. Funding for the project was provided by the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments. The plan aims to improve trail connections throughout Livingston County and connect secondary trails to the primary Great Lake-to-Lake Trail, with the completion of the Mike Levine Lakelands Trail as a primary motivation for the project.

2019 County Transit Master Plan

The Livingston County Transit Master Plan is the product of an extensive study of the County’s public transportation infrastructure. The Plan presents a set of actions that may be taken in the short, mid, and long term to improve the existing transit system and offer new mobility options for residents and visitors, as well as funding and governance options to achieve their implementation.

2022 High Quality Natural Areas Assessment

This updated report documents the natural features of Livingston County and identifies high quality natural areas. The Livingston County Planning and Geographic Information Systems Department staff developed criteria to prioritize these areas, which are then analyzed in the report. The report presents a range of personal behavior modifications and policy tools that can be used to protect Livingston high quality natural areas.

2024-2029 Capital Improvement Plan

Livingston County’s Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) is a planning tool, with a goal to identify and schedule capital improvements annually over a six year period. The CIP helps track multi-year projects that may require planning, design, land acquisition, and construction. The projects identified in the CIP represent the Livingston County’s plan to serve residents and anticipate the needs of a growing and dynamic community.

The general characteristics of capital items for county budgeting/programming purposes are:

  • Large in size
  • Proportionally large in cost (in excess of $50,000)
  • Lengthy in duration (useful life greater than three years)

2022 County Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Hazard Mitigation Plan is a compilation of natural hazards, vulnerabilities, historical events, and mitigation strategies specific to Livingston County, Michigan.

This FEMA-approved plan was created through a collaborative effort between county agencies and local jurisdictions. It is intended for review by the public, local jurisdictions, private business, government entities, and others with an interest in Livingston County. The overview of natural hazards, historical events, and mitigation strategies are meant to inspire responsible community planning. It will allow citizens and businesses insight as to what Livingston County recognizes as potential hazards, and give them an opportunity to plan in advance for emergency events. Special thanks to the Livingston County Planning Department, Information and Technology GIS, Drain Commissioner’s Office, Health Department, and Emergency Management Department for their efforts to develop and publish this plan.

Department of Planning
Scott Barb

Scott Barb
Planning Director



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