Can you please describe the Planning Process?

  1. The concept or pre-application meeting - In the earliest stages of a project’s development, the project sponsor meets informally with various township staff members to review matters such as zoning and preliminary design issues. This lets the sponsor know if the project is headed in the right direction, and brings any areas of concern to light. Once these issues are discussed, the application process can begin.

  2. The Development Review Committee - Once an application for a new development is accepted, it is reviewed by the Development Review Committee (DRC), which includes representatives from the Planning, Fire, Building, and Engineering Departments. The DRC meets weekly to review site plans and help the developer fine-tune them to meet all of Canton’s requirements. Industrial projects may be approved by Planning Services; all others proceed to the Planning Commission.

  3. Public Hearing - Many projects require a public hearing by the Planning Commission before they can proceed with the approval process. Situations that require a public hearing include rezoning requests, special land use. Requests (in which the proposed use for the site is only allowed with special conditions form the community), creation of a Planned Development District, or requests to change the Comprehensive Plan.

    As part of this process, all property owners within 300 feet of the site are notified. In addition, a notice is published in the local newspaper and (for rezoning) a sign is posted on the site. During the hearing, the Planning Commission considers the request to be acceptable; it is then forwarded to the Board of Trustees with a recommendation for final approval.

  4. Planning Commission Review - Once the DRC completes final review of a site plan, the recommendation is forwarded to the Planning Commission for review. The Planning Commission can recommend approval of the project, ask for revisions to be made, table any action on the project, or recommend denial of the site plan. If the project is located in the Office district, the Commission has authority to grant final approval. Any other project is recommended to the Board of Trustees for final approval.

  5. Board of Trustees - By the time a project reaches the Board of Trustees for approval it has been thoroughly reviewed and modified by the planning staff and the Planning Commission. If the project meets all requirements set down in the community’s zoning ordinances, the board will approve the plan.

  6. Next Steps - Once the Board offers final approval to a site plan, the developer can begin the engineering review and building permit process. This involves receiving a variety of permits from Canton’s Public Works Division, and possibly from Wayne County and the State of Michigan as well.

    Once these permits are in order, Canton’s Building and Inspection Services Division reviews and issues a building permit that allows construction to begin. During construction, Public Works and Building Services oversee the project and conduct a series of inspections to make sure the approved work is actually carried out (Public Works focuses on site and infrastructure work, while Building tracks construction of the actual structure). When all of the final inspections are complete, including a site inspection by Planning Services, Building Services issues a "Certificate of Occupancy" which allows the facility to be occupied.

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1. What is the Planning Services Division responsible for?
2. What is Land Use Regulation?
3. What is the role of the Planning Commission?
4. What is a comprehensive or Future Land Use Plan (FLUP)?
5. Why does a community need such a plan?
6. How is the comprehensive or Future Land Use Plan developed?
7. What is zoning?
8. Why does a community use zoning?
9. What is the process for establishing zoning?
10. How is the zoning map changed?
11. What are zoning districts?
12. How much of each zoning district does a community need?
13. How is the Zoning Ordinance used?
14. What is the Subdivision Control Ordinance?
15. What is the subdivision plotting process?
16. What are site condominiums?
17. What are Planned Unit Developments and Planned Development Districts?
18. What are the advantages of a Planned Development District (PDD)?
19. What is cluster development?
20. What are the limitations on Building Permits?
21. What is a building moratorium?
22. What are Land Use Exclusions?
23. What is a non conforming use?
24. Can you please describe the Planning Process?