Master Plan Update Project

The City of Dexter is updating its Master Plan, in accordance with the requirements of the Planning Enabling Act (Public Act 33 of 2008), as amended.  The Master Plan is a long-range statement of the general goals and policies, which aim to unify development of the City, complement the goals of adjacent communities, and strike a balance of orderly change, in a deliberate and controlled manner.  It is the basis upon which zoning and land use decisions are made.

Planning Commission Conducts Review & Schedules Master Plan Public Hearing  

The 63-day period for adjacent communities, public utilities, railroad companies, and other public agencies to comment on the Draft Master Plan ended in September.  On October 7, 2019 the Planning Commission reviewed the following feedback, which it received during the comment period:  

  • Huron Clinton Metropark Authority (HCMA) determined the draft plan was compatible with their 10-year Master Plan and suggested the spelling and mapping edits.  Those edits have been completed.

The Planning Commission reviewed traffic congestion concerns in the downtown and determined the following passages in the draft Master Plan were sufficient: 

  • Identify the need for a study to determine a design and transportation changes that could mitigate congestion in the city/downtown;
  • Evaluate the impact of traffic generated by existing development and new or expanded land uses, including extractive uses, and work toward improvements, compatibility with other existing and planned uses, and safety concurrent with new development and uses; and
  • Commission a traffic study on alleviation of tunnel congestion, as an implementation project.

The Planning Commission also revisited four (4) future land use designations and made the following determinations:

  • 7850 Second Street (a/k/a Adair Printing property) should be classified R&D, with language added to the Implementation Chapter that Second Street should be examined comprehensively, in terms of land uses, building types and streetscape, either as a planning project or part of the next five year update.
  • The current fire station site should be classified “Downtown”, with municipal offices and services listed as appropriate uses, and civic and institutional buildings listed under building types.
  • The recently purchased MAV property should be classified Dexter-Ann Arbor Road Corridor- Mixed Use, with municipal offices and services listed as appropriate uses, and civic and institutional buildings listed under building types.
  • 8180 Main Street (f/k/a Mill Creek Sports) should be classified as Village Commercial.

Pursuant to Michigan Public Act 33 of 2008 (the Michigan Planning Enabling Act), as amended, the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at 7:00 p.m., on Monday, November 4, 2019.  The public hearing will be held at the Dexter Senior Center, 7720 Ann Arbor Street, Dexter, Michigan.

The purpose of the public hearing is to receive comments on the proposed update to the City of Dexter Master Plan.  The Master Plan is a comprehensive document, long-range in it view, and includes specific goals, objectives; strategies and public policy recommendations regarding land use and future grow in the City of Dexter.  The Master Plan is intended to serve as a guide for future City decision-making related to land use, community development, economic development and capital improvements projects.  A copy of the draft Master Plan can be access by clicking HERE.  

Interested parties are invited to attend the public hearing and present their comments.  Written comments regarding the proposed update to the Master Plan should be submitted to the Office of Community Development at the address listed above or via email to, and must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., Monday, October 28, 2019.