Comprehensive Plan

Comprehensive Plan
The Comprehensive Plan & How it's Used
A Comprehensive Plan is required by the Michigan Planning Enabling Act and is reviewed for updates every five years to project land use planning 20 years into the future. The City’s upcoming Comprehensive Plan update will be referred to as the Bigger Picture to reflect the evolution of the Big Picture Plan.

Latest Update (5/19/16)


Following the work of the Steering Committees, the East Lansing Planning Commission began reviewing the overall input on the draft documents that were produced. As a result of this input, the following draft documents were revised: Goals & Objectives (PDF), Future Land Use Map (PDF) and Future Land Use Description Sheets (PDF).

Document Development
The Comprehensive Plan Steering Committees resumed in fall 2015 to review the goals and objects and to make recommendations in the form of the DRAFT Comprehensive Plan Master Goals & Objectives (PDF).

The Planning Commission has held numerous work sessions to address public comment on the Steering Committees' graphic framework that addressed the initial input gathered at the Plan and Design Week, held to gather the initial public input on the update to the Comprehensive Plan. Upon completion of its review, the Planning Commission will present the Draft Comprehensive Plan to the public for review and input. The following presentation graphics (PDF) are being reviewed.

View the Comprehensive Plan Update & Timeline provided to the East Lansing Planning Commission on March 23, 2016.

Adopting the Plan
The Michigan Planning Enabling Act requires the Planning Commission to be responsible for developing and approving the Comprehensive Plan, however, the City Council may, by resolution, assert their right to approve or reject the plan. Historically, the City Council has not asserted their right to approve the plan and final approval was made by the Planning Commission.

The Steering Committees
Steering committee members are primarily volunteer members of the community, who have a vested interest in the community and/or have participated in other local or regional planning efforts. View Steering Committees.

Watch The Bigger Picture Plan & Design Kickoff Presentation
A recording of Michigan Future, Inc. Founder and President Lou Glazer's keynote address and Urban Designer and Architect Mark Miller's introduction on urban form is available to watch online. The event was part of The Bigger Picture Plan & Design Week kickoff on October 14, 2013.
Human Dignity
Human Dignity, Community Education & Civic Participation Steering Committee
This committee focuses on policies that advance and achieve social equity and healthy lifestyles among residents of all ages, income and cultures and policies which improve access to information and knowledge about issues affecting the community. Learn more.
Economic Stability
Economic Sustainability Steering Committee
This committee focuses on policies that protect and improve the economic conditions of the city by encouraging community growth in a way that can be sustained for many years into the future. Learn more.
Steering Committee
Housing Steering Committee
This committee focuses on policies that ensure safe and affordable housing opportunities for persons of all ages, incomes and cultures, and policies which identify the appropriate housing densities where redevelopment opportunities border existing housing stock and commercial structures. Learn more.
Transportation
Transportation, Infrastructure & Environmental Sustainability Steering Committee
This committee focuses on policies that recognize the communities motorized and non-motorized transportation needs relative to land use patterns, the physical structures that are needed for the city to function, and the long term effects of development on the environment. Learn more.
Urban Form Steering Committee
Urban Form Steering Committee
This committee focuses on policies that consider the physical shape and structure of the city as it is formed by buildings, streets, land uses, art and aesthetic choices made by past and present residents to formulate how the urban fabric is configured in the future. Learn more.