Who is in charge?

Quite simply, a lot of folks.  A steering committee of community members is responsible for overseeing the daily work of the City Planning Department staff and their consultants to engage the community to develop the Master Plan and Zoning Ordinance.  The Planning Commission, a board of appointed City officials, approves the Master Plan.  The City Council, your elected officials, approves the Zoning Ordinance after a recommendation by the Planning Commission.

Master Plan

An organic, evolving, long term planning document that sets the guiding values for decisions about land use, housing, transportation, equity and sustainability. It is essentially a blueprint for the City’s future…which is why it is so important that we know what YOU want the future of Ypsilanti to be.

Zoning Ordinance

A set of laws that regulate how we use land within the City, based on the principles set out in the Master Plan. If the Master Plan is the “what”, the Zoning Ordinance is the “how.”


A multiple day workshop that brings together the community, stakeholders, government officials, staff and consultants in intense collaboration to discover what the Master Plan should preserve, improve and/or change (March 12-15), to design solutions (April 9-12) and then to draft the Zoning Ordinance (October 8-11). These four-day events will include formal presentations, a studio with an open door and walking tours of neighborhoods.