2022 Master Plan - Forward Together

Envision the Future!

A Master Plan – sometimes called a Comprehensive Plan – is a policy document outlining a community’s vision for the future.  It should be the basis for and the influence of the community’s future as it relates to the quality of life, land use, economic development, zoning, and other regulatory ordinances. 

The Michigan Planning Enabling Act 33 of 2008, requires local governments in Michigan to assess their existing master plan every five years to determine if the plan requires updating.  The City of Portage Master Plan was last updated in 2014 and is again in need of updating.  The Master Plan will include an updated future land use plan, among other planning elements, all intended to respond to the current and future needs of the city.

On March 8, 2022, the Portage City Council approved a contract with Houseal Lavigne, experts in community planning, urban design, and economic development, to guide the City of Portage through a Master Plan update.

Your Participation Is Key

The city invites you to be involved in Master Plan activities throughout the 18-month planning process.  A variety of ways to participate will be available – from online surveys to interactive mapping tools, visioning sessions, and providing input to the community goals and objectives for the plan.  

The Forward Together Master Plan website is available 24/7 for public input and outreach throughout the planning process.  All project news and events will be posted on the website.  Learn more about the Master Plan update and take the online community survey.  

Master Plan Website 2022-11-11

Questions about the Master Plan update can be directed to the Department of Community Development at 329-4477.