Our Livingston County Master Plan, adopted in 2018, highlights a wide variety of current planning trends and provides best practices examples from local municipalities, our region, our State, and the country. The Plan is intended to be used by local cities, villages, and townships during the formation or revision of their own plans, maps, and ordinances.

Master Plan Cover Sheet

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2018 Master Plan

The Critical Issues identified in this plan were deemed by County Planning to be the planning issues most relevant to Livingston County; relevant in a broad sense to the whole county or large portions of the county. Therefore, it is County Planning’s hope that these critical issues will be considered by our local Livingston County communities.

The Best Practices in this plan then provide an easy way for Livingston County communities to implement requirements in their zoning ordinances that will address these critical issues.

Finally, the Resource sections in each chapter give local communities the website links and source documentation that will make it easy to replicate this best practice in their own plans and ordinances.

This Plan has been developed to connect us as a group of twenty communities, so that the positive impacts of good planning and zoning practices are multiplied by being replicated throughout a majority of our Livingston County communities.

2018 Master Plan: Individual Chapters

 Preface: Preface
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Community Profile
Chapter 3: Vision
Chapter 4: Land Use & Growth Management
Chapter 5: Natural Resources
Chapter 6: Parks & Recreation
Chapter 7: Agriculture & Rural Environment
Chapter 8: Housing
Chapter 9: Social Equity
Chapter 10: Transportation & Infrastructure
Chapter 11: Technology
Chapter 12: Economic Development
Chapter 13: Hazard Mitigation
Chapter 14: Plan Implementation
Appendix: Appendix
Department of Planning
Scott Barb

Scott Barb
Planning Director



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