Master Plan

This document is available to view in PDF format. The Master Plan is available to view by section.

Cover and Table of Contents  
Introduction and Vision  
Existing Conditions (2.5 MB) Map - Existing Land Use (2.4 MB)
Future Land Use Map - Future Land Use (1.8 MB)
Housing Neighborhoods  
Natural Features  
Economy and Marketplace Map - Natural Features (9.0 MB)
Transportation Map - Transportation (1.0 MB)
Community Facilities Map - Community Facilities (5.6 MB)

This document is available to view in PDF format. Draft Master Plan Amendment for the South Boulevard and Squirrel Road study area

Single Family Residential

Intended Uses. The Single Family Residential land use designation is intended to accommodate strictly single-family residential development. Accessory and support uses may be permitted such as churches, parks, schools, home occupations and small-scale care facilities. Existing schools and churches are separately designated as Institutional/Civic; however future development is permitted in Single Family Residential areas provided they maintain the scale and character of the neighborhood.

General Character Description. Development in the Single Family Residential areas will encourage design diversity and modernization while assuring that the building’s mass remains relatively in character with the neighborhood’s bulk characteristics. In general, neighborhood streetscapes should include an interconnected street system where feasible, sidewalks, especially along busy streets to make connections with Commercial areas, street trees and some lighting. New garage "snouts" that protrude well in front of the front façade of a residence should be discouraged. Landscaping is encouraged to establish a street edge. In-fill and redevelopment in these areas should be closely monitored to ensure it is compatible with the surrounding environment.

Back To TopAttached Single Family Residential

Intended Uses. The Attached Single Family Residential land use designation is intended to accommodate duplex, condominium and townhouse development. Accessory and support uses may be permitted such as churches, parks, schools, home occupations and small-scale care facilities. Existing schools and churches are separately designated as Institutional/Civic; however future development is permitted in the Attached Single Family Residential areas provided they maintain the scale and character of the neighborhood.

General Character Description. Redevelopment in the Attached Single Family Residential areas will encourage design diversity and modernization while assuring that the building’s mass remains relatively in character with the neighborhood’s bulk characteristics. In general, neighborhood streetscapes should include an interconnected street system where feasible, sidewalks, especially along busy streets to make connections with Commercial areas, street trees and some lighting. New garage "snouts" that protrude well in front of the front façade of a residence should be discouraged. Front facades should align and help form a residential building line. In-fill and redevelopment in these areas should be closely monitored to ensure it is compatible with the surrounding environment.

Multiple Family Residential

Intended Uses. Permitted land uses within Multiple Family Residential areas include a variety of multiple-family and attached single-family developments, with a focus on apartments. Townhouses and condominiums are also encouraged.

General Character Description. The majority of Multiple Family Residential sites have already been developed. Redevelopment of Multiple Family Residential areas will encourage design diversity and modernization while assuring that the building’s mass remains relatively in character with the neighborhood’s bulk characteristics. Loft apartments, townhouses or stacked condominiums are examples of what is encouraged in these areas.

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Intended Uses. Mixed Use is characterized by condominiums located above first floor retail/service activities. The businesses gain support from the immediately accessible resident population, as well as the nearby Single Family Residential properties, which are intended to have nonmotorized pathway connections. Parking spaces are partly shared in Mixed Use operations due to the increase in pedestrian travel and some differences in peak hour demand, resulting in lower overall parking requirements.

General Character Description. Consistent with the Multiple Family Residential category, development should maintain a traditional neighborhood scale that is pedestrian-friendly with minimal impact on adjacent neighborhoods. Uses and sites can be slightly more auto-oriented. The convenience of local retail/service with no yard maintenance is intended for both young adults and seniors seeking new or continued residence in Bloomfield Township. The units are expected to be owner-occupied, although very high-quality rental may be allowed. Retail/service activities should generally be limited to those that, while available seven days a week, do not thrive on very late or early hours of operation. Mixed use may require relaxation of the Township’s building height limit.

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Intended Uses. Commercial uses tend to cater to automobile traffic from a broad market area and may include retail stores, hotels and motels, sit-down restaurants, automobile sales and services, and personal service establishments. North of Square Lake along Telegraph Road, the uses may be expanded to include large format retail, with outlots that include drive-through banks and restaurants, along with the other uses listed herein.

General Character Description. Because much of this area is already developed, the challenge will be in encouraging redevelopment and consistently requiring site upgrades as development occurs, including improved site design, access management, building facades and landscaping. landscaping and plazas can be attractive features and encourage pedestrian store-to-store travel, as shown in the illustration included in this section.

Office

Intended Uses. Professional and basic medical offices such as doctors, dentists, physical therapists, lawyers, accountants, investment services, and insurance offices. It is not intended for advanced medical usage, research or high technology uses, which should locate in the Technology Park/Light Industrial area.

General Character Description. Office areas are predominantly developed, so redevelopment should include site upgrades and enhanced buffers between incompatible uses, along with improved site design, access management, building facades and landscaping.

Back To TopTechnology Park/Light Industrial

Intended Uses. High technology development, research, large medical offices, light manufacturing and related support services are intended for this area.

General Character Description. The Technology Park/Light Industrial area has significant land area available, although there are numerous buildings already in place. New development should include attractive architectural features and excellent site design with attention paid to significant landscaping, strong buffers between incompatible uses, and managed access. Redevelopment should include site upgrades and enhanced buffers between incompatible uses, along with improved site design, access management, building facades and landscaping.

Institutional/Civic

Intended Uses. Institutional/Civic uses include all places of worship, community buildings, and schools both public and private that serve the immediate community. This designation also may include senior housing facilities and associated medical facilities, and day care operations.

General Character Description. Local Institutional/Civic uses should have buildings and sites that promote a neighborhood scale and character, or the character of the most restrictive adjacent land use. This includes building design that emulates residential structures, sidewalk connections to neighborhoods and minimization of parking areas. Landscape areas should also promote natural open space areas similar to residential yards. Existing local institutions should be preserved as they are and re-used as such if a current operation ceases. Federal and state preemptions may limit some local control over places of worship and public school property.

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Intended Uses. Golf courses and other land set aside for parks and recreational activity.

General Character Description. The Township’s golf courses are private. Typical parks and recreation areas can be passive, with trails and benches, or active, with playscapes and sports fields.

Master Plan Copies

If you would like complete information about the Master Plan Update process, the following resources are available:

2007 Master Plan Update (hard copy). The Planning Department will download and print in color. Please allow one to two days. $85.00

2007 Master Plan Update (CD). Available at the Planning Department. $50.00

Master Plan Map (11" x 17" Future Land Use Map) Available at the Clerk's Department. $ 3.00

The cost for copying the Master Plan Update is $1.00 per page (either downloading or photocopying). One Department hard copy will be available to view at the Planning Department front counter.

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