Planning Department

The Planning & Development Department is responsible for long range planning, development review, zoning administration, historic preservation, and community and economic revitalization.


  • To maintain and improve the quality of life in the City of Ypsilanti by providing excellent planning, zoning, preservation, and economic development services within available resources.
  • To work creatively and collaboratively to enhance the natural and built environment of the City of Ypsilanti so that its population grows, its economy thrives, and it becomes the premier community of choice in Eastern Washtenaw County.


Current and Upcoming Planning Projects

The City of Ypsilanti has adopted a new master plan. To review it, please visit Adopted Local and Regional Plans.

Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Maps

Visit this section to understand the zoning associated with a property and the permitted uses as defined by the  City's zoning ordinance.

Building & Business Permits & Licenses,
(including Zoning Forms & Permits)

Visit here to obtain your Site Plan Review application, Special Use Permit application, Zoning and Variance applications, and other information.

Water Street Redevelopment Area

The City-owned, 38-acre site is available for redevelopment. Adjacent to Historic Downtown Ypsilanti, this property with frontage on both Michigan Avenue and the Huron River has potential for mixed-use, residential, office, and retail development.

Historic District Commission

Ypsilanti is home to Michigan's fifth largest historic district. Visit the Historic District Commission's webpage for fact sheets, permit applications and answers to frequently asked questions.

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