The Wyoming [re]Imagined Master Plan will create a blueprint for our future – a new Master Plan that that will guide the City in its decision making for the next 20 years.
What is a Master Plan?
A Master Plan is a blueprint for the future. It is a community vision that is intended to guide the City for the next 20 years. The Master Plan will result in a set of policies that direct future growth and development. Additionally, the creation of a Plan can lead to potential strategies that will help effectively guide City leaders with making substantive and thoughtful decisions for the community.
What are the contents of a Master Plan?
A typical Master Plan outlines the existing conditions of the City, describes future goals and objectives for development, and includes an action plan on how to achieve these goals and objectives. The Wyoming [re]Imagined Master Plan will include the following:
- Analysis of Impediments of Fair Housing Choice and Needs Assessment
- Land Use and Development Plan
- Framework Plans for Residential, Commercial, and Industrial Areas
- Transportation and Mobility Plan
- Public Facilities and Infrastructure Plan
- Parks, Trails and Opens Space Plan
- Placemaking and Economic Development Framework
- Resiliency and Sustainability Framework
Who is involved in creating the Master Plan?
As the blueprint for the City, it is critical that all of Wyoming’s stakeholders are involved in the development of the Master Plan. The City is committed to involving residents, businesses, and workers in the process in order to craft a community vision for Wyoming’s future. Ultimately, the Master Plan will be approved by the Plan Commission and the City Council.
The planning process is anchored by a Master Plan Steering Committee that will be used as a sounding board of the community and asked to review deliverables and vet plan concepts. The Steering Committee will meet at key points along the process to discuss issues and overall planning direction and provide feedback for Planning Commission and City Council’s consideration. The Steering Committee will be asked to approve the draft plan prior to engaging in the formal public hearing and adoption process.
Steering Committee membership represents a range of backgrounds and connections to the community. The Steering Committee includes the following stakeholders:
- Roger Bearup – Grandville Superintendent – School District – Grandville
- Sam Bolt – City Council – City Council Liason
- Lillian Cummings-Pulliams – Parks and Rec Commission – Parks Advocate
- Don De Groot – Exxcel Engineering – Local Design Professional
- William Fetterhoff – Godwin Heights Superintendent – School District – Godwin Heights
- Peter Hahn – Metro Health – Business Interest
- Chris Hall – ICCF/resident – Affordable Housing Advocate
- Craig Hoekstra – WPS Superintendent – School District – Wyoming
- Dennis Kent – MDOT – Regional/State Partner
- Patrick Lonergan – Fifth Third/Resident – Business Interest
- Kevin Polston – Godfrey Lee Superitendent – School District – Godfrey Lee
- Rob Postema – City Council – City Council Liason
- Wende Randall – Kent County Essential Needs Task Force/resident – Transportation Advocate
- Alex Smart – Planning Commission – Planning Commission Liason
- Sherrie Spencer – – Business Interest
- Dennis Sturtevant – Dwelling Place – Developer
- KJ Tucker – Realtor and resident – Long-time Resident
- Samuel Wright – Kellogsville Superintendent – School District – Kellogsville
- Audrey Zapata – Lake Michigan Credit Union/resident – Business Interest
We already have other plans. What will happen to those?
Existing plans are an important part of the Master Plan process. These Plans will inform the Master Plan, and in some cases will be incorporated into the plan if the goals and vision are still consistent with the community’s aspirations.
When will the Plan start and when will it be completed?
The initial phases of the Plan have begun with anticipated completion in Spring of 2020. The primary components of the planning process and anticipated dates are as follows:
- The Existing Conditions Analysis (including an Analysis of Housing Impediments and a Housing Needs Assessment) is anticipated to be completed in August 2019.
- Workshops to establish the Community Vision and develop guiding goals and preliminary policies will be undertaken in September and October 2019.
- The Master Plan content (including community-wide plans and policies, and frameworks for special planning areas) will be developed in the Winder of 2019 and into 2020.
- The Draft Master Plan will go through the public review and adoption process in the Spring of 2020.
How can I get involved in the process?
It is important to get involved in all the Master Plan activities, from data collection, to community visioning and mapping, to creation of community goals and objectives. The Get Involved page of this website describes all the opportunities available to give your input, including public meetings, online surveys and questionnaires, and an interactive mapping tool. The News & Updates page will list meeting dates and times throughout the process as they are scheduled. Finally, materials from meetings and more information detailing the Master Plan process can be found on the Documents page.