Village of Empire Master Plan Project History
The Empire Village Master Plan was developed by the Empire Village Planning Commission in 2012. In 2017, the Planning Commission with approval of the Empire Village Council, began the process of the updating the Plan. Networks Northwest, through a grant opportunity, assisted the Village in this planning process. A Master Plan Committee was formed consisting of Planning Commissioners and Village residents. Public input for the 2018 update was obtained through a written survey and public forums held in August 2017 and March of 2018. Plan goals, objectives, strategies, and future land use recommendations were developed based on public input obtained throughout the process, analysis of existing conditions, and previous or related plans and studies. The Plan was prepared in accordance with provisions of the Michigan Planning Enabling Act (Public Act 33 of 2008) to enhance and protect the health, safety, and welfare of its citizens.
The Master Plan Committee completed an initial draft in August of 2018. The Planning Commission, with some minor requests for changes, referred it to Village Council for consideration on September 4, 2018. At the December 13, 2018 meeting of the Village Council, the Council approved the distribution of the proposed plan to the County and surrounding municipalities and utilities. The Michigan Planning Enabling Act requires the Village to allow a minimum of 63 days for the receipt of public comments, before holding a public hearing on the adoption of the revised Master Plan. The proposed plan was released to the County, surrounding municipalities and utilities on January 8, 2019 starting the clock on the 63-day review period. The County, surrounding municipalities and utility companies must provide their comments no later than March 12, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.