The Midland City Planning Commission discusses the next phase of the master planning process

As Midland’s planning director resigned, he gave the city’s planning commission a final update on the city’s ongoing planning process.

On Tuesday, the Midland Planning Commission met in a regular meeting to discuss its annual report and to discuss next steps. The city’s new master plan, or “City Modern,” has been in the works since early 2021, with the city completing the first phase, or “Imagine It” phase, last year. This resulted in the development of three broad themes: neighborhoods and livability, transport and mobility, and sustainability and resilience.

Planning and Community Development Director Grant Murschel said the city is now entering the “Plan It” phase. This requires staff to dig deeper into these themes and prioritize goals around achieving action in these areas. This will involve more commission workshops and working with other groups in the city.

He said it is possible to use contracted assistance for professional and technical analyzes to understand the opportunities available to the city or the different ways the commission needs to think about the community.

Commissioners Ariel Fields and Greg Mayville have both expressed interest in reaching out to community groups such as the We Hear You Coalition and the Housing Task Force to collaborate on the master plan.

Murschel also read reports on the commission’s annual report. In calendar year 2021, the commission took action on 20 different zoning and development approvals, including the annual capital improvement plan, nine site plans, five zoning map amendments, five conditional use license and planned unit development.

That was down from 2020 (20 stocks taken) and 2019 (29 stocks taken), Murschel said.

The last formal vote of the planning commission on the master plan took place in the fall. Mayville said he would like to see more action on the master plan.

“We moved way too slowly on this (master plan), Mayville said. “We didn’t do much last year. I know we were understaffed and will be understaffed again. We need to have a discussion as a committee on how we can move this forward in a faster way. »

Tuesday’s meeting was Murschel’s last, with planning staff and City Manager Brad Kaye leading planning commission meetings in the interim.

Louisa R. Loomis