Livonia Vision 21

Livonia Vision 21 Master Plan

THE CITY IS NOW SEEKING COMMENTS ON THE PROPOSED NEW LIVONIA VISION 21 ZONING ORDINANCE and LIVONIA VISION 21 ZONING MAP

LIVONIA VISION 21 continues to move forward! Following the official adoption of the LIVONIA VISION 21 Master Plan in 2019, the City immediately embarked on the number one priority project to jump-start implementation of the plan: updating the zoning ordinance.  After months of hard work, the final draft of the new LIVONIA VISION 21 Zoning Ordinance and LIVONIA VISION 21 Zoning Map are now available for community review and input. 

Like the LIVONIA VISION 21 Master Plan, the proposed LIVONIA VISION 21 Zoning Ordinance is a significant departure from the old way of doing things. First and foremost, it replaces an outdated code that was written over 50 years ago. As with any municipal zoning ordinance, it covers a vast array of issues related to land use and development which—for most people—can be daunting and confusing. For this reason, a major objective was creating a format that is user-friendly, incorporates easy-to-read tables and graphics, and uses modern technology to assist the reader, such as cross-referenced hyperlinks.  

In many respects, the LIVONIA VISION 21 Zoning Ordinance and corresponding Zoning Map are designed to encourage and facilitate the implementation of the goals and objectives of the LIVONIA VISION 21 Master Plan. Some of the key features of the new Zoning Ordinance include:

  1. Consolidating, restructuring and renaming several zoning districts to correspond with the future land use classifications of the Master Plan.
  2. “Right-sizing” the City’s residential districts to reduce the amount of nonconformity that currently exists which can hamper owners from making improvements to their properties.
  3. Incorporating form-based development standards for the City’s commercial districts to encourage and expedite redevelopment of the Master Plan’s three Special Planning Areas and Mixed Development Centers. Form-based standards focus more on achieving good design principles and less on the separation of land uses.
  4. Recodifying and reorganizing the entire zoning code to make it easier and more convenient to navigate directly to the article or section that the user is seeking.
  5.  Adding standards for new technologies and land uses, like electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, and solar and wind-powered energy systems.

As you examine and read through the new LIVONIA VISION 21 Zoning Ordinance, we hope that you find it easy to navigate and understand, especially when compared to the City’s current zoning ordinance. 

The Planning & Economic Development Department is seeking comments regarding the new LIVONIA VISION 21 Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map.  Please use the links below to view and/or download these documents and CLICK HERE  to let us know what you think.

Thanks,

Mark Taormina
Director Planning & Economic Development