Award-Winning Zoning Code

The City of Lathrup Village has been recognized for its proactive approach to planning & zoning at the annual conference of the American Planning Association. The award was presented at the Small Town & Rural Planning (STaR) Division’s annual business dinner in Los Angeles in April 2012. Each year, the STaR Division recognizes excellence in the planning efforts that help make the future of small communities brighter. This year’s John Keller Award for Outstanding Planning Initiative was presented to Lathrup Village for its new zoning ordinance, which has transformed its previous code into a concise, user-friendly and highly-illustrated digital ordinance. This is one of many tools the City uses to attract and facilitate new development and redevelopment. The new zoning ordinance, developed by the metro Detroit firm Clearzoning®, allows the public to view the Lathrup Village zoning code at any time, from anywhere. By simply clicking on one page of an online ordinance, a business owner can, for example, determine where a new office building could be built. Then, with one more click, the setback, area and height regulations for that district are displayed in both text and graphic form. The ordinance is fully hyper-linked to make it more user-friendly. The implementation of the new zoning ordinance is one of several steps the City of Lathrup Village has taken recently to attract businesses to the Southfield Road Corridor and to support those businesses already located in the community. The new zoning ordinance implements the master plan’s vision of reestablishing the Village Center concepts, and provides regulations and incentives for a mixed use, pedestrian-friendly district that would function as the...
Congratulations to Lathrup Village & Texas Township MI

Congratulations to Lathrup Village & Texas Township MI

2011 brings a fresh change for the City of Lathrup Village and Texas Township, two Michigan communities with new clearzoning ordinances. Both the City and Township transformed their existing zoning ordinances into user-friendly, easy-to-understand hyperlinked ordinances that are available on the internet.  These efforts are seen as economic development tools for these communities. While most communities do not typically make big changes to their zoning ordinances with clearzoning, Lathrup Village took the opportunity to consolidate zoning districts and create new zoning districts that more appropriately address the needs of the community. This suburb of Detroit is in an ideal location and is ripe for redevelopment. Hoping to upgrade their main commercial corridor, Southfield Road, the City embarked on a master plan process that lead to the vision of a downtown, right in the heart of the corridor. The new clearzoning code includes a form-based element, the Village Center District, to provide more direction for the form the new downtown area should take as this new district is developed. For more information, please contact clearzoning at...