Input Sought on Major Land Use Plan

Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 2:44 pm
Jessy Gregg

Above: Image from a graphic in the draft master plan.

The draft of East Lansing’s new master plan, entitled The Bigger Picture, is making the rounds in a series of open meetings with the goal of receiving citizens’ comments and input before the draft is returned to East Lansing’s Planning Commission for possible changes prior to adoption.

The Master Plan, also known as the Comprehensive Plan, is required by Michigan law and projects land use planning twenty years into the future. Deputy City Manager Tim Dempsey, who is also the Director of Planning for the City, has said that the new city plan could serve as a precursor to updating the city’s zoning codes, which have not been updated in many years.

One engagement session has already occurred, but the same information will be available at three additional meetings throughout the month of February. These gatherings will follow an open format so residents can drop in at any time during the three-hour window and stay for as long or as short a time as they would like.

The three remaining meetings will be:

  • tomorrow, Wednesday, February 7, 2018
    4:30-7:30 p.m.
    Pinecrest Elementary School Library, 1811 Pinecrest Drive
  • Monday, February 12, 2018
    4:30-7:30 p.m.
    Islamic Center of East Lansing, 920 S. Harrison Road
  • Monday, February 26, 2018
    4:30-7:30 p.m.
    East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road

To see a draft of the plan visit the City of East Lansing’s dedicated webpage. You can also stop by the East Lansing Library or City Hall to review a paper copy of the document.

For more information on what changes residents can expect to see in the new master plan, you can read ELi’s report on Dempsey’s presentation to the City Council last month.