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Community Development Department Forms, Applications & Fee Schedule

PLANNING

APPLICATIONS

Site Plan Application

Site Plan Extension

Address Request

Rezoning Application

PUD Application

Waiver Request

Film Application

Sign Permit Application

 

Sign Ordinance

Freedom of Information Act:

The Township will be happy to provide copies of requested public records, allow an opportunity to inspect public records or provide certified copies of public records.

Planning FOIA Form

For Public Records from multiple departments, please contact the Clerk's Office (248) 451-4848

 
   
 
 

Planning Department

P.O. Box 250130

4550 Walnut Lake Road

West Bloomfield, MI  48325-0130

Phone: (248) 451-4876  Fax: (248) 451-4871

Email: askplanning@wbtwp.com

Chris McLeod, AICP, PCP                                                                        Kathy Sederlund

Planning Director                                                                                            Planning Clerk

c_mcleod@wbtwp.com                                                                                                                k_sederlund@wbtwp.com

 

Under the direction of the Supervisor, the Planning Department provides support and recommendations to the Planning Commission and Township Board to assist in making land use and development decisions for the Township.   The Planning Department is responsible for:

 

      • Administration and amendments to the Zoning Ordinance
      • Development and implementation of the Master Plan
      • Administration of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)    
      • Administration of the Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant (EECBG)
      • Processes applications for: Address Request; Alternative Energy/Waiver; Film; Outdoor Storage/Waiver; Planned Unit Development (PUD); Rezoning; Signs; Site/Sketch Plans; Special Land Use; Wireless Communication Facility & Collocation.
      • Prepares Zoning Verification Letters

 

Town Center District Study

Press Release :  October 2, 2013

The Charter Township of West Bloomfield is beginning the process of evaluating the existing zoning ordinance and Town Center Overlay District. Township development regulations within the Town Center Overlay District, which is centered on the Orchard Lake Road corridor between 14 Mile and Maple Road, will be revised based on recommendations of the study.

The intent of the study is to ensure that reasonable regulations are in place to guide future redevelopment in an appropriate, market viable, cohesive, aesthetically pleasing and pedestrian-friendly manner.  In addition to a review of existing regulations, the project will include a market study to identify strategic development opportunity sites, as well as an extensive community outreach process to ensure that recommendations are rooted in, and reflective of, the community’s aspirations.

The study will also include a design competition between area-colleges and universities where local students will present their concepts for potential redevelopment within the Town Center Overlay District. The study is anticipated to take approximately six (6) months to complete.

Town Center District Study:  Project web site

      

Zoning Ordinance

 

The Planning Department assists the Planning Commission and the Township Board in the review of new development and re-development proposals, including condominium site plans, land divisions, site plans and rezoning.  The department also prepares ordinance amendments. Please click on the links below for information related to zoning in West Bloomfield Township.

 

 

Zoning Ordinance Amendments

               

The Township Board at their December 9, 2013 Board Meeting, adopted the House Keeping Amendments: Part One Use Regulations.  These amendments are available for review through the above link or at the Planning Department counter.  The Planning Department along with the Planning Commission and Township Board, will now be undertaking review of the second part of the House Keeping Amendments which include Site Regulations: including requirements for landscaping, parking, trash storage, and the like.  The final part: Part 3 of the House Keeping Amendments will include regulations pertaining to the processes such as site plan and special land use process. 

As amendments become available, they will be posted on the Planning Department web site. Please feel free to follow their progress and provide input.  If you would like to speak to someone in the Planning Department please contact us at (248) 451-4876.

Approved Amendments:

                 December 2, 2013 -  Part One Use Regulations

                                                                                                

Draft Amendments:

                 January 6, 2014 - Part Two Site Regulations

 

Master Plan

 

Click here for the West Bloomfield Master Plan

 

West Bloomfield Township adopted an update to its Master Plan.  The Master Plan is a policy document that provides direction for the future development of the Township.  State law requires that every community review its plan every five years to reflect current trends and desires.  The update includes an update of existing conditions, review of the vision and goals, with a focus on recommendations for key topics including:

 

      • Orchard Lake Road Corridor
      • Economic Development
      • Transit Oriented Development
      • Sustainability
      • Alternative Energy

 

Public Opinion Survey

A public opinion survey was available from February 1, 2010 through March 31, 2010 to gain public input on the Master Plan update. The survey asked for opinions on issues dealing with the quality of life, land use, neighborhoods, environment, economic development and transportation in the Township. The survey was provided on Survey Monkey, with a link on the Township’s web site. Emails were sent to various email lists at the Township, including subdivisions, clerk’s office, schools, and most notably the parks and recreation distribution list which reached over 4,000 people. In addition, the survey was available at Town Hall, the Parks and Recreation Activities Center, the main branch of the Library, and Police Department. Over the course of the two months, 434 surveys were completed.

Click here for a summary of the survey results!

 

CDBG

 

Community Development Block Grant

The goals of the CDBG program are to:

  • Assist low and moderate income persons (70% of CDBG expenditures must benefit low or moderate income persons)
  • Prevent or eliminate slums and blight
  • Meet an urgent community need where no other funding is available 

 

The Township has participated in the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) Program on an annual basis since 1975.  These funds are distributed by the Federal Government through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), however, the Township does not receive these funds directly, but as a sub-recipient, along with 53 other communities within Oakland County, as part of the Urban County Program.  As a member community, West Bloomfield is required to prepare an annual program for the distribution of CDBG funds and each year the Planning Commission prepares that plan, which is adopted by the Township Board.  The Township Board holds a public hearing annually each fall to determine allocation of funds.

 

Currently, funds are being used for senior programs that include activities, meals and counseling; minor home repair inspections to improve the condition of existing housing; creating barrier-free improvements at township parks; and the support of abused women and children.

The Planning Department would be happy to assist low to moderate income homeowners with the necessary contacts and information regarding Housing Counseling, Home Improvement, Loan Rescue, Unemployment Mortgage Subsidy and Landlord Tenant Counseling. For direct information, please click-on the Community & Home Improvement Division web site. below.

Useful Links:

 

Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Programs and Activities

 

 

EECBG

West Bloomfield is an entitlement community under the 2009 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG) program, receiving $571,800 in funds.  The EECBG provides grants to U.S. local governments, states, territories, and Indian tribes, to fund projects that reduce energy use and fossil fuel emissions, and that improve in energy efficiency.

The EECBG Program represents a Presidential priority to deploy the cheapest, cleanest, and fastest energy sources.  It is modeled after the Community Development Block Grant Program administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  Funds can be used community wide, not only for government owned facilities and infrastructure. The Township will concentrate its efforts on the following eligible activities:

  • Development of an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy and Technical Consultant Services to assist in the development of such a strategy.
  • Building Codes and Inspections to promote building energy efficiency.
  • Material Conservation Programs including source reduction, recycling, and recycled content procurement programs that lead to increases in energy efficiency.
  • Energy efficient Traffic Signals and Street Lighting.
  • Renewable Energy Technologies on Government Buildings.

Please click here for a summary of the EECBG strategy submitted to the Federal Department of Energy in January 2010.


Planning Commission

The Planning Commission meets at 7:30 pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at the Town Hall in the Civic Center site.  Click here for 2014 Planning Commission meeting dates

  • Steven Budaj, Chair
  • Mark Miller, Vice Chair
  • Karmen Santourian, Secretary
  • Steven Kaplan, Township Board Liaison
  • Don Jackson
  • Jim Manna
  • Nancy Reed

Planning Department Staff  - Phone: (248) 451-4876   Fax: (248) 451-4871