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City Seeks Input on Master Plan Update & Sustainability Plan
Ypsilanti, MI, September 10, 2019: The City of Ypsilanti is updating its 2013 master plan “Shape Ypsi,” and including a sustainability plan. As a part of the community engagement process, a survey was launched to solicit input from residents on ways that the City can advance land use and environmentally-themed goals and strategies with the public’s support. To take the survey, please click on the link below. The survey will close on September 30.
Residents, visitors, and other stakeholders can also participate through “living walls” which are exercises mounted on large boards and scattered throughout the city to reach a wider group of people. The boards will be installed at five locations citywide to ask of people their priorities regarding sustainability-focused action. Visit the EMU Student Center (900 Oakwood), City Hall (1 S Huron), and the Parkridge Community Center (591 Armstrong) before September 30th to submit your input!
Ypsilanti has been at the forefront of thinking about and planning for climate change with its 2018 Energy Plan, 2012 Climate Action Plan, 2010 Alternative Fuel Policy, and its impending update to the 2010 Nonmotorized Plan. Folding a sustainability chapter into the master plan gives the proposed actions greater weight as the document is statutorily required to be reviewed every five years, unlike other plans, and because the zoning ordinance and future development must comply with what is set forth in the master plan. This update is an important step in achieving sustainability goals.
The Ypsilanti Planning Commission and Sustainability Commission will be hearing updates about the plan, and holding public hearings regarding the draft plan, in the month of November. To stay informed about these public hearings and other input opportunities, please visit the city’s site https://cityofypsilanti.com/plan2019
The City of Ypsilanti has 20,000 residents, spans 4.5 square miles, and is known for its rich history, Huron River parks, and as the home of Eastern Michigan University. The City’s mission is to work creatively and collaboratively to enhance the natural and built environment so that its population grows and thrives. To keep up with City of Ypsilanti information, subscribe for email updates, and follow us on Facebook.