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The City of Jonesville is working on an update to it's Master Plan - a document that guides the future development of the community.  The Planning Commission and City Council approved the scope of the update in late 2017.  The City is being assisting in the update by the Region 2 Planning Commission and MMK Consulting.

Draft Plan

On October 10, 2018, the Planning Commission completed an initial draft of the Master Plan and referred it to City Council for consideration.  At the October 17, 2018 regular meeting of the City Council, Resolution 2018-13 was approved, authorizing the release of the draft Master Plan for public comment.  The Michigan Planning Enabling Act requires the City to allow a minimum of 63 days for the receipt of public comments, before holding a public hearing on the adoption of the revised Master Plan.  The public hearing is tentatively scheduled to take place at the January 9, 2019 Planning Commission meeting, at 7:00 p.m. in City Hall.

Note: If you prefer to view a paper copy of the draft plan, it is available at City Hall, 265 E. Chicago Street, Jonesville, MI 49250.

Written comments regarding the draft Master Plan may be submitted to:

Jeff Gray, City Manager/Planning Commission Recording Secretary
Jonesville City Hall
265 E. Chicago Street
Jonesville, MI 49250

All written comments will be considered by the Planning Commission during the public hearing on the adoption of the Master Plan.

The sections below describe some of the important steps to date in the preparation and development of the draft Master Plan.

Community Survey
   In early 2018, the Planning Commission issued a Community Survey for the purpose of understanding the opinions, wants, and needs of people who live, work, own property, and/or own a business in Jonesville. The survey asked for opinions about growth and development, City and commercial services, and community facilities.  Over 300 people responded to the survey.

In early March of 2018, approximately 40 people attended a meeting at the Jonesville First Presbyterian Church for the Community Survey Reveal.  Survey results were shared and discussed and attendees were given the opportunity to prioritize the next steps.
Economic Development Strategy

On May 8, 2018, the Planning Commission held a special meeting with representatives of City Council, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), Local Development Finance Authority (LDFA), and Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). The purpose of the meeting was to discuss development priorities and to develop a shared economic development strategy.  This strategy is intended to describe the shared vision of all of these boards in supporting the future growth and development of the City.  The Economic Development Strategy has been subsequently approved by all of the boards and is incorporated as a part of the revised Master Plan.

Redevelopment Ready Communities

The Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) program is sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and is available to communities across the state. It is designed to promote effective redevelopment strategies through a set of best practices. In order to engage in the program, interested communities must complete training, a self-evaluation of current practices, and pass a resolution expressing intent to participate in RRC.

The City of Jonesville intends to incorporate RRC best practices in the update of the Master Plan.  This includes reviewing current procedures to assure that they are effective in promoting development and redevelopment in the City.  In addition, the technical assistance provided by the program will increase opportunities to market redevelopment sites and properties in the City.  The City, including several members of the Planning Commission and City Council completed MEDC training in 2017.  A copy of the resolution of intent to participate is included below.

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