September 6, 2023 – The future of Midland is here – and it’s bright, bold, and ready for you to review! The draft of the Midland City Modern Master Plan is now available for public reading at www.midlandcitymodern.com.
Designed to read more like a magazine than a traditional government planning document, Midland City Modern includes an overview of Midland’s distant past and recent history during the plan’s creation; deep dives into the community’s local economy, natural environment, and current and future land use and transportation plans; assesses current demographics and future trends and challenges for Midland and the Great Lakes Bay Region; and establishes goals for implementation regarding infrastructure and utilities, the local economy, health and well-being, and energy and environment.
“Midland City Modern is the culmination of thousands of pieces of public input from Midlanders of all ages, abilities, and walks of life, and so it provides an authentic perspective on who we are now and where we want to go in the future,” said Director of Planning and Community Development Jacob Kain. “This plan was created not just to be read, but enjoyed and shared. It has big photos, fun elements, and easy-to-understand language. It belongs to each and every person who calls Midland home and we believe it’s representative of that.”
The City’s Master Plan serves as the City’s official policy guide and strategy for community improvements and development over the next 30 years. Master plans help maintain a consistent vision in cities while directing redevelopment and change, increasing livability and neighborhoods, and transforming it into a more sustainable, innovative, accessible, attractive, and economically vibrant community. The City’s last comprehensive master planning process took place in 2005 – 2006.
The Midland City Modern Master Plan will be formally presented to the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, September 12 and is anticipated to be adopted in early 2024.
To view the draft plan, review detailed public input used to create the plan, and learn more about the process of developing Midland City Modern, visit www.midlandcitymodern.com. Residents without internet access who would like to peruse a physical copy should visit the Planning Department inside City Hall, 333 W. Ellsworth Street in Midland, or the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library Reference Desk, 1710 W. St. Andrews Road, Midland.