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)
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 Website
A Community Workshop for citizens was held on Wednesday October 23, 2013 at 7 pm at West Bloomfield Town Hall. This interactive workshop provided citizens an opportunity to provide input on the Town Center District before any concepts and recommendations are formulated.
A Business Workshop for the business and development community interested in the Town Center District was held on Thursday October 24, 2013 at the Drake Road Sports Park. The purpose of engaging this important stakeholder group wass to establish a dialogue and obtain feedback from those that have a unique perspective and insights, and whose involvement is crucial to the Town Center’s ultimate success.
The Planning Division 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 division also prepares ordinance amendments, assigns addresses, issues sign permits, and determines buildable lot status. Please click on the links below for information related to zoning in West Bloomfield Township.
The following zoning ordinance amendments are being considered by the Planning Commission and / or Township Board. In order to amend an ordinance, a public hearing must be held by the Planning Commission, and then the Township Board must approve the amendment for it to become law.
Please contact the Planning Department for comments related to these amendments:
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
- 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 website. 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!
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.
Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Programs and Activities
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.