Taylor invites other communities to comment on new master plan

City of Taylor officials are accepting input from surrounding communities about the city’s proposed new master plan, which is nearing approval.

The city is distributing copies of a draft of the plan to municipalities in accordance with Section 7(b) of the Municipal Planning Act (Public Act 285 of 1983, as amended).

According to the act, before a municipality adopts a new master plan or updates, it must send a draft of the plan or updates to “all contiguous local governments.” The draft will be sent to Wayne County as well as the planning commissions in Brownstown and Huron townships and the cities of Allen Park, Romulus, Westland, Dearborn Heights and Southgate. A copy also will be sent to SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments.

The municipalities and agencies will have 63 days to review and submit comments in writing to the city and county. Comments for Taylor should be submitted to:
Master Plan Steering Committee
Attn: Megan Etue
23555 Goddard Road
Taylor, MI  48180

Comments can be sent electronically by e-mail to metue@ci.taylor.mi.us.

Others interested in viewing the draft can find it on the City of Taylor Web site, www.cityoftaylor.com, under the “Departments” and “Economic & Development Services” links.

The communication with neighboring communities and agencies is the latest public outreach by the city in the creation of a master plan, which will serve as a guide for Taylor’s growth.

The process began when the city retained a highly experienced consulting firm, LSL, and held three neighborhood meetings that attracted 200 participants in January and February 2007. At the meetings, LSL representatives discussed the value of a master plan and how it is used.

Participants selected several top priorities: parks and recreation; improve quality of development: retail, restaurant and entertainment; and improve neighborhoods.

In June, the city and LSL held two more public open houses during the Masco Art in the Park Festival at Heritage Park and at the William Ford Senior Activity Center.

A public open house for all stakeholders – Taylor residents and business people – followed in November at Taylor City Hall.

Taylor’s master plan was last revised in 1989. Frederick Zorn Jr., executive director of the City of Taylor Department of Housing and Neighborhood Development Services, said city officials use a master plan as a guide in making land use, development, zoning and capital improvement decisions.

He said the plan would identify and examine a wide range of physical issues, including population, housing, land use, transportation, neighborhoods, community facilities and natural resources.

Ultimately, the plan will identify a series of goals and policies for the city.

For more information, visit the city Web site at www.cityoftaylor.com or call the City of Taylor at (734) 374-1376.