Berkley Master Plan

The Master Plan is Our Roadmap for the Best Path from a Known Present Into an Unknown Future.

Draft Master Plan Now Available!
On Monday, July 19, 2021, City Council approved a proclamation that declared July 22, 2021, as Master Plan Day within the City, along with a resolution that approves the distribution of the draft Master Plan to adjacent communities, public utilities, regional agencies, and to the public-at-large. Master Plan Day kicked off the 63-day public comment period as required by the Michigan Planning Enabling Act. 
At the September 28, 2021 meeting, the Planning Commission received and reviewed all public comments received over the past two months. The Commissioners determined that a few things needed to be tweaked in the Plan to provide better context for residents and property owners and directed City staff to make those minor changes.

The Planning Commission also directed staff to set a public hearing for the October Planning Commission meeting.
The Planning Commission will hold the public hearing at the October 26, 2021 meeting, which is another opportunity for the community to comment on the content of the draft Plan.

To check out the draft Master Plan CLICK HERE BUTTON

The WHY behind a Master Plan.

What is a Master Plan?

The master plan is a road map for land use, development, reinvestment, transportation, and housing to guide Berkley from a known present to an unknown future. It directly influences decisions by Berkley’s Planning Commission and City Council on development and redevelopment in Berkley, infrastructure investments, and zoning.

Master Plan Elements
Why do we need one?
The City of Berkley last updated its master plan in 2007, with amendments adopted in 2012 and 2017. In the past 13 years, much has changed in Berkley - how we work, shop, move and live, as well as, the regional economy. The master plan needs to be brought up to date to reflect the reality and desires of the Berkley community today, and its goals and priorities for the next 20 years.

Check out our current 2007 Master Plan.

What is the process?
City officials and staff with the consultant team are committed to a master plan with a compelling vision supported by realistic goals and objectives.

City staff and consultants are facilitating an 18-month process with three phases:

  1. Vision & Outreach - COMPLETE
  2. Plan Design & Drafting - IN PROCESS
  3. Final Plan Adoption

Check Out Our Master Plan Videos!

Master Plan Webinars
Carlisle Wortman Associates hosted eight interactive webinars that are broadcasted on the City’s WBRK cable station. The webinars provide valuable information about the Master Plan process and why a current Master Plan is essential for every community. Additionally, the webinars served as an opportunity to examine a specific Master Plan topic, such as parking, housing, infrastructure, and more. You can watch them via our Youtube page here!

Virtual Open House
Residents and community members joined City staff and Master Plan consultants on the evening of Thursday, March 25, 2021, for a Virtual Open House to discuss possibilities for corridor expansion and housing types, as well as, aid in creating a Master Plan that reflects the community’s vision for the future. This was part of the City's extensive community engagement process to aid in the update of Berkley's Master Plan.

Unable to attend?  Watch the video here

City-wide Survey Results
The survey results provided below is one of many community engagement activities conducted by City staff and the consultant from December 2019 to the present. This information will be utilized in conjunction with the webinar series, stakeholder discussions, virtual and digital focus groups, input from the Master Plan Steering Committee and Planning Commission along with, the City-wide Virtual Open House.

Click here to view the City-wide Survey Summary Report (conducted in May 2020).

Master Plan Steering Committee
The City’s Master Plan process will be guided by an Ad Hoc Master Plan Steering Committee who will work alongside City staff, Planning Commission, and Carlisle Wortman Associates in order to best represent the ideals of the community.

Committee Members:
Matt Baumgarten, City Manager
Erin Schlutow, Community Development Director
Ross Gavin, City Councilmember
Lisa Kempner, Planning Commissioner
Joe Bartus, Planning Commissioner
Sue McAlpine, Zoning Board of Appeals Member
Jennifer Finney, Executive Director for the Downtown Development Authority
Tricia Losey, Tree Board Member
Dan Mihaescu, Beautification Committee
Mark Richardson, Environmental Advisory Board
Mike Kerby, Recreation Advisory Board Member 
Kurt Hite, Community Member-At-Large
Alexandra Donnelly, Community Member-At-Large
Audra Rowley, Community Member-At-Large
Carolyn Cregar, Community Member-At-Large

About Carlisle Wortman Associates:
We take pride in building relationships with our client communities based on trust and integrity that lasts decades. Over the past 30 years, Carlisle Wortman Associates (CWA) has prepared and updated over 100 master plans for communities ranging in size from 350 to over 80,000 residents. CWA works with communities to create master plans as unique and diverse as each community.
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Master Plan Meeting Materials

December 16, 2019 - Special Joint Meeting   Agenda   Minutes  
January 21, 2020 - Regular Meeting   Agenda   Minutes  
February 18, 2020 - Regular Meeting   Agenda   Minutes  
April 21, 2020 - Regular Meeting   Agenda   Minutes  
June 16, 2020 - Regular Meeting   Agenda   Minutes  
July 21, 2020 - Regular Meeting   Agenda   Minutes  
August 18, 2020 - Regular Meeting   Agenda   Minutes  
October 20, 2020 - Regular Meeting   Agenda   Minutes  
November 17, 2020 - Regular Meeting   Agenda   Minutes  
December 16, 2020 - Regular Meeting   Agenda   Minutes  
January 19, 2021 - Regular Meeting   Agenda    
February 16, 2021 - Regular Meeting   Agenda   Minutes  
March 16, 2021 - Regular Meeting   Agenda    
June 15, 2021 - Regular Meeting   Agenda   Minutes  

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