Village of Dundee Looks to the Future as it Develops New Master Plan

The Village of Dundee has begun the process to update and develop a new Master Plan. Village staff, the Planning Commission, and community planning consultants from Spicer Group will be working together throughout the coming year to create a Master Plan that addresses the Village’s needs for today while setting a course for growth and development for the future.

The Master Plan for Dundee will include the following specific tasks:

  1. Update community information using the most recent demographic data from the U.S Census,
  2. Seek input from the community via an open house, an online survey, and social media such as Facebook to find out what is on the mind of Dundee citizens in terms of how the Village should develop,
  3. Develop goals and objectives that address the desired quality and character for the Village,
  4. Draft a new Future Land Use map for Dundee, which will visually depict how the Village may grow, change, and develop over the next 10 to 20 years, and
  5. Develop a checklist of action items and steps to be taken in order to implement the vision depicted in Dundee’s new Master Plan.

A Master Plan is a document – sort of like a blueprint – that helps guide growth and describes a future vision. Baseline information is included about the Village’s population, its housing stock, and the state of its economy. A Master Plan also identifies trends and challenges that may impact the Village. In addition, a Master Plan incorporates input from the community and integrates those ideas into goals, objectives, and priorities for the Village. The Master Plan becomes a policy document that guides Village leaders on making decisions about land use, public infrastructure, and related economic development initiatives.

Building from the planning document that was adopted in 2002, this new Master Plan has come about because statutory law – the Michigan Planning Enabling Act (PA 33 of 2008) – requires the Village to review, and potentially update, its Master Plan at least every five years. After reviewing its Master Plan last year, the Village decided to develop a new plan. Benefits of adopting and implementing a new Master Plan include:

  • Consistency in decision making: The Master Plan will give Village leaders a clear point of reference for land use decisions.
  • Ability to make informed decisions: The Master Plan provides facts on existing conditions and trends, enabling Village leaders to better understand the impact of their decisions, rather than relying on hunches or copying what other communities in southeast Michigan are doing.
  • Achieve predictability: The Master Plan describes where and what type of development the Village desires. This information allows individuals to plan for the purchase and use of property consistent with Village goals.
  • Responsible deployment of limited Village resources: The Master Plan includes information from different departments and sources. This information can be used in deciding and prioritizing which future projects and improvements to undertake.
  • Preserve community character: The Master Plan describes the Village’s vision for the future and identifies what is important and how it should be protected.Positive economic development: The Master Plan helps existing residents and businesses better predict the future development of an area. This results in being able to reliably know what to expect on neighboring properties and can encourage new development because ideas for the area are documented. The process for updating the Master Plan allows the Village to consider workforce, education and local infrastructure capacity, as well as other factors, so that appropriate economic development strategies can be developed.

The Village began the Master Plan process at the January 14 Planning Commission meeting. When a draft is completed, the Master Plan will be available to the public for review and comment prior to any action related to adoption. The Village of Dundee expects the updated Master Plan to be completed by the end of 2013.