Pittsfield Township sets Nov. 17 public meeting on master plan revisions
Pittsfield Township’s master plan - its roadmap for development - is still on track for an overhaul in early 2011 that will redefine its land use vision, officials say.
Called the “2010 Pittsfield Plan,” the effort was launched in fall 2009, and several meetings have taken place with subcommittees and stakeholders over the past year, Supervisor Mandy Grewal said.
As officials bring the 2010 Pittsfield Plan toward a conclusion, trustees and planning officials will review the documents in open meetings and there will be a 60-day public review period.
The next public meeting will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, at Township Hall.
Finalizing the master plan must take place before the township will vote on a redevelopment effort by Costco to build a store near State and Ellsworth roads.
The overall plan “is looking to reframe Pittsfield Township in a very different context of suburbia in the 21st century,” Grewal said.
On the commercial real estate front, the plan divides subregions of the township into what Grewal calls “development nodes.”
They include: â€¢ State/Ellsworth â€¢ Carpenter Road â€¢ Oak Valley and Ann Arbor-Saline Roads â€¢ Michigan Avenue near Carpenter â€¢ Michigan Avenue near Platt â€¢ Michigan Avenue at State/Moon
The goal is to cluster commercial development and redevelopment in those districts, while adding some complementary zoning that would allow increased density and mixed-uses. The commercial districts eventually could be connected via various transportation options.
The area proposed for the Costco store is one of those development nodes.
Grewal said she believes the store sought the location because of the signals from the master planning process that encouraged the redevelopment in that area.
“Costco is the first payoff (from the effort),” Grewal said. “ I don’t think Costco would be here if we weren’t engaging in this dialogue.”
Part of the new master plan proposal will create new mixed-use zoning areas, so developers won’t have to seek a PUD, or spot zoning, for projects that increase density.
As for how that could affect the corner of State and Ellsworth, Grewal said that its location near I-94 and proximity to the township’s R&D and office hubs positions it well for additional transportation options, more density and a higher profile.
Grewal says, “It’s one of our more important gateways.”