For further information on these Community Development Department updates, and other items of interest in Planning and Zoning in the City of Novi, please feel free to contact us at 248-347-0475.
- Master Plan Update 2016
- Facade Ordinance Update 2017
- Landscape Ordinance and Landscape Design Manual Update 2017
- Community Development Department undergoes renovation
- Thoroughfare Master Plan
- Master Plan for Land Use Review 2016
- Novi Road / 13 Mile Planning Area Study
- April 2015: Recently adopted zoning text amendments
- New Metro Connector Trail Along Meadowbrook Road
- Novi Town Center Area Study
- Planning Commission Presentation: How to Bring More Green and Sustainable Development to The City of Novi - 8/28/13
- Clearzoning Modification to the Format of the Zoning Ordinance
City of Novi Community Development Department introduces new online construction inspection scheduling tool
- Ten Mile and Meadowbrook Commercial Rehabilitation Area Plan
- Four Corners Study Area
- Site Plan and Development Manual
- City of Novi wins award for 2011 Non-Motorized Master Plan
- Planned Suburban Low-Rise (PSLR)
- Retail Service Overlay in the Office Service Technology District and Office District Changes
What's New - Master Plan Update 2016
On July 26, 2017, Novi’s Planning Commission adopted the City of Novi 2016 Master Plan Update. The City’s Planning Commission and its Master Plan and Zoning Committee worked closely with staff and with the City’s Planning Consultant to update the Master Plan found here.
The Commission took a collaborative approach to the plan update, combining the experience of our Boards and Commission members, and gaining local knowledge of our residents and businesses at the Master Plan Community Open House. Comments were also sought through a dedicated place on the City’s webpage, and through public engagement tools and internet surveys.
Key components of this update include the Grand River Corridor Study, which was developed to identify and incorporate desirable aspects of community character, to promote economic vitality, and to recognize opportunities for development and redevelopment throughout the study area. An important concept was to identify opportunities for mixed-use development, consistent with the areas planned for Town Center and Gateway East. Pedestrian-oriented and transit-oriented elements were reviewed, taking into consideration the recommendations of the Town Center Area Plan. Following the adoption of the Plan, the City has undertaken initial steps to create a Corridor Improvement Authority along Grand River Avenue, with the expectations that the vision identified in the Corridor Improvement Plan will be consistent with the recommendations of the Master Plan Update.
For this Master Plan Update, the City has focused on identifying and prioritizing sites, neighborhoods and districts that may be positioned for redevelopment, infill development or adaptive reuse. Redevelopment properties selected for special consideration included the Anglin property at the northeast corner of Grand River and Town Center Drive, properties near Old Novi Road and Thirteen Mile Road, as well as the West Grand River Avenue area from the Suburban Collection Showplace to Beck Road.
What's New - Facade Ordinance Update 2017
On July 10, 2017, City Council approved changes to the Façade Section of the Zoning Ordinance (Section 5.15) under Text Amendment 18.281. City staff and façade consultant engaged in a thorough review of the ordinance, recent waivers, and new material offerings. Based on these items, the staff and consultant recommended several changes to the ordinance in order to clarify and update the façade materials standards in the ordinance. The City Council’s second reading packet highlighting the changes can be found here.
Effective date of the updated Façade Ordinance:
The City Council approved the second reading of the Façade Ordinance at the July 10, 2017 City Council Meeting and the new ordinance becomes effective on July 20, 2017.
Site plans that were in the pipeline and had received Preliminary Site Plan approval from the Planning Commission prior to July 20, 2017, or which had received Final Site Plan approval, or which received approval as a PRO Concept Plan from City Council will continue to be processed under the old ordinance.
Any Site plans that have not yet received Preliminary Site Plan approval as of July 20, 2017, plans that had been reviewed in concept meetings, or plans that had only been reviewed as Pre-applications will be processed under the revised ordinance.
Until the ordinance revisions can be incorporated into the online Zoning Ordinance, please reference the PDF copies for your site plan development. If you have any questions about the updates, please contact the Planning staff at 248-347-0475.
Landscape Ordinance and Landscape Design Manual Update 2017
On June 5, 2017, City Council approved changes to the Landscape Section of the Zoning Ordinance (Section 5.5) and associated Landscape Design Manual under Text Amendment 18.283. City staff was engaged in a thorough review of the standards and proposed updates based on best practices while providing for attractive and sustainable landscaping throughout the City. The City Council packet can be found here highlighting the significant changes and the updated language and manual.
Effective date of the updated Landscape Ordinance and Landscape Design Manual:
The City Council approved the second reading of the Landscape Ordinance and Design Manual at the June 5, 2017 City Council Meeting and the new Ordinance becomes effective on June 22, 2017.
Site plans that were in the pipeline and had received Preliminary Site Plan approval from the Planning Commission prior to June 22, 2017, or which had received Final Site Plan approval, or which received approval as a PRO Concept Plan from City Council will continue to be processed under the old ordinance.
Any Site plans that have not yet received Preliminary Site Plan approval as of June 22, 2017, plans that had been reviewed in concept meetings, or plans that had only been reviewed as Pre-applications will be processed under the revised ordinance.
Until the ordinance revisions can be incorporated into the on-line Zoning Ordinance, find PDF copies of the revised ordinance.
If you have any questions about the updates or how the new ordinance may affect you, please contact Landscape Architect, email Rick Meader or call 248-735-5621.
Novi Road / 13 Mile Planning Area Study
The City of Novi has undertaken a study of the recommended land uses for the undeveloped 21 acre property located on the east side of Novi Road, south of Thirteen Mile Road.
The study area includes the land area designated for commercial development in the Vistas of Novi / Sandstone Planned Unit Development (PUD), originally submitted and approved in the 1980s and 1990s. The 21 acres has remained undeveloped land since that time. A proposal has been made to use a significant portion of the study area for a multiple family development. At this time, the City is reviewing the approved designation of the subject property in light of the new development proposal. Public input is being sought regarding the future uses for this property as a part of the Planning Area Study. Once the Study is complete, the Planning Commission will provide a recommendation to the City Council.
For questions or comments regarding this Study, please feel free to contact City Planner Barbara McBeth, via email or at 248-347-0415.
Novi Road / 13 Mile Area Study - Draft 5/14/15
Study Area Presentation
New Metro Connector Trail Along Meadowbrook Road
In cooperation with the Michigan Department of Transportation, the City of Novi finished a ten-foot wide shared use asphalt pathway to connect at the end of the existing I-96/I-275 regional pathway just north of 11 Mile Road, running along the east side of Meadowbrook Road over the I-96 overpass, and continuing through the Meadowbrook and 12 Mile Intersection. There is an existing sidewalk that connects Twelve Mile intersection to M-5 regional pathway. A later phase that has not yet been funded will include the extension of the pathway to the M-5 regional pathway. The completion of the first phase of the Metro Connector Trail through Novi was celebrated on October 10, 2014 by cutting the ribbon and unveiling the path.
The ceremony was featured in a local news website.
10/15/14: Novi trail opens; connects areas north, south of I-96
Novi Town Center Area Study
April 2014: It has been 25 years since the City of Novi first envisioned a Town Center area. This long-term vision has resulted in a collection of quality developments, including commercial, office and residential areas. Because of recent significant public and private reinvestment in this area, and the renewed energy brought by a number of new land owners, the City has reviewed and updated its Master Plan for the area to ensure it reflects today's vision. Below you will find the final report with findings and recommendations, as approved by the Planning Commission on March 26, 2014. The study includes updates and recommendations for the Master Plan for Land Use, recommended updates to the Zoning Ordinance standards and updated Town Center Design Guidelines and recommendations for Wayfinding signage in the area. Questions and comments can be directed to Barbara McBeth, City Planner, at 248-347-0475.
Novi Town Center Area Study - 2014 (approved by Planning Commission 3/26/14)
Planning Commission Presentation: How to Bring More Green and Sustainable Development to The City of Novi - 8/28/13
Jim Newman from the Detroit Chapter of the US Green Building Council, and as a consultant specializing in helping clients attain Energy-Efficient & Sustainable Buildings, was present at the Planning Commission meeting of August 28, 2013. He delivered a short presentation to the Planning Commission on the topic entitled, “How to Bring Green and Sustainable Development to the City of Novi.” The slides from Mr. Newman’s presentation are provided here:
How to Bring More Green and Sustainable Development to The City of Novi
Clearzoning Modification to the Format of the Zoning Ordinance
The Clearzoning project is to reformat the existing Zoning Ordinance into an electronic version that will consolidate text, add graphics reduce bulk and clarify the zoning ordinance regulations. The end result will be a pdf file that provides hyperlinked text references that will make the ordinance easier for computer users to find cross-reference information.
Staff expects that the reformatting will be done primarily by the consultant (Rod Arroyo of Clearzoning), assisted by Planning Staff. The entire process is expected to take about 5 months. Please note, the intent is not to make substantive changes to the ordinance, but simply reformat it and clear up any inconsistencies. As another improvement over the Municode system, the ordinance will also have a copy of the Zoning Map, so that users can click on a particular location and the zoning regulations will pop up.
August 26, 2013 City Council Meeting Packet Item (approved at the 8/28 Council Meeting)
Ten Mile and Meadowbrook Commercial Rehabilitation Area Plan
Planning staff, with assistance from the City’s architectural consultant, recently completed a draft of an Area Plan for the sixteen commercial properties on all corners of the intersection of Ten Mile and Meadowbrook Roads. The “Ten Mile and Meadowbrook Commercial Rehabilitation Area Plan” was developed as part of the City Council’s Tax Abatement Policy for the Area. The Policy was approved by the City Council in the fall of 2011 in an effort to create an incentive for the owners of commercial properties within the Ten Mile and Meadowbrook Commercial Rehabilitation Area to make significant improvements to their properties, or to assemble and redevelop smaller properties. The Area Plan is intended to create a vision for the overall Area, such that when property owners apply for the tax abatement the Policy offers, the improvements proposed can be guided by the overall vision of the Area Plan. The improvements proposed will be considered by the City Council relative to the requirements of the Tax Abatement Policy and their consistency with the Area Plan to determine their eligibility.
The Area Plan was presented to the affected commercial property owners during an open house held on March 28th, and was presented to the Planning Commission’s Master Plan and Zoning Committee on April 4th. The Planning Commission held a public hearing to discuss the Area Plan on April 25, 2012, and recommended approval to the City Council. The Plan was approved by City Council during their meeting on May 21, 2012.
The Four Corners Study Area
Planning staff recently prepared The Four Corners Study Area report to provide a framework for staff, the Planning Commission and the City Council to consider the overall area surrounding the intersection of Grand River Avenue and Novi Road as proposals for both private development projects and public infrastructure improvements come forward.
Properties have been highlighted in each quadrant of the intersection and informational maps and tables include the following data:
- Future Land Use
- Natural Features
- Property statistics including acreage, occupancy and tax value data (2011 and 2006)
- Potential and actual projects
Site Plan and Development Manual
The City Council recently adopted an updated City of Novi Site Plan and Development Manual. This document is written for and provided to the development community to provide an overview of Novi’s development review standards, provide requirements for site plan and application submittals, and answer frequently asked questions. Planning Staff prepared the manual to provide easy electronic reference to the City’s Site Plan Review procedures and to reduce the number of paper copies that are currently distributed. The new electronic version will allow for reduced costs in duplicating paper copies (since many times the entire document is not needed), and will reduce the impact of unneeded papers being added to the waste stream.
Among the updates to the manual include hyperlinks to allow applicants to directly link to required forms or relevant information provided elsewhere on the webpage. Other changes include details of the Planned Rezoning Overlay Review process; combined sections for similar topics (i.e. Woodland and Wetland Permit requirements are discussed in a Natural Features Chapter); updated standards for Traffic Impact Studies to reflect the most current trip generation manual; and updated and refreshed application forms.
Click here to download the Site Plan and Development Manual.
City of Novi 2011 Non-Motorized Master Plan
The City of Novi wins Michigan Association of Planning (MAP) Planning Excellence for Best Practice Award
City of Novi 2011 Non-Motorized Master Plan
Planned Suburban Low-Rise (PSLR)
Zoning Ordinance text amendment 18.253
Zoning Map Amendment 18.700, and
Sign Ordinance text amendment 11.100.41
Recent Event History
- October 5, 2011 - Public hearing held before Planning Commission. Planning Commission recommended approval to City Council.
- October 17, 2011 – City Council approved First Reading.
- October 24, 2011 –City Council approved Second Reading, with amendments.
Click for links to the Planning Commission and City Council packet materials:
October 24, 2001 Council Meeting
Matter 2. Approval of the establishment of the Suburban Low Rise Overlay District and related regulations, including.... Click here for more.
Matter 3. Approval of Sign Ordinance Text Amendment 11.100.41 to amend the City of Novi Code of Ordinances at Chapter 28, to add regulations concerning the placing of signs in the PSLR, Planned Suburban Low-Rise Overlay Zoning District.... Click here for more.
The approved PSLR text amendment establishes a new overlay zoning district that property owners may elect to use as an alternative to the existing underlying zoning. This district fulfills the City’s 2010 Master Plan for Land Use’s implementation strategies to create a “form-based” zoning district that permits attached single family and low-density multiple family residential, community service, human care, civic, educational, public recreation and office facilities. The optional overlay district does not permit the development of new detached one-family residential homes, retail businesses and personal service uses.
The map amendment establishes the boundaries of the PSLR Overlay district. The areas now approved for the PSLR Overlay district are located north of Eleven Mile Road between Wixom and Beck Roads
PSLR Overlay District Boundary Map
These areas are generally separated from detached one-family uses by section line roads and areas planned for public parks.
The proposed Sign Ordinance text amendment will establish sign standards for the proposed PSLR district that promote a residential character to the streetscape by setting size, setback and lighting standards that lessen the impact future signs could have on neighboring residential properties.
Retail Service Overlay in the Office Service Technology District and Office District Changes
Zoning Ordinance text amendment 18.254
- December 14, 2011 – Public hearing before Planning Commission. Planning Commission recommended approval to City Council.
- January 23, 2012 - City Council approved First Reading.
- February 6, 2012 - City Council approved Second Reading, with amendments.
This text amendment furthers the implementation of the adopted 2010 Master Plan for Land Use by permitting a select set of retail service uses in the OST, Planned Office Service Technology District as principal permitted uses subject to special conditions for those areas designated in the adopted Master Plan’s Future Land Use Map as Office, Research, Development and Technology with Retail Service Overlay.
The additional uses permitted subject to special conditions in this district include restaurants (not including drive-through or drive-in restaurants) and a limited amount of general retail and personal services. All of the other uses identified as principal permitted uses in the OST District continue to be allowed. These additional uses were recommended in the 2010 Master Plan for Land Use for the areas identified, since allowing for a limited amount of retail services to serve the employees and visitors of the nearby areas may make the prospect of developing new businesses in the area more attractive and thus create greater potential for additional development and redevelopment in the nearby OST District.
Also, as recommended in the 2010 Master Plan for Land Use, this Zoning Ordinance text amendment eliminates the unused OS-2, Planned Office Service District, removes reference to the OS-2 District in other sections of the Zoning Ordinance, and adds the OS-2 uses referenced as permitted uses in the OSC and OST Districts to each of these Districts.
February 6, 2012 Council Meeting
Approval of Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment 18.254, to amend Ordinance No.97-18 as amended, the City of Novi Zoning Ordinance...
Click here to see Retail Overlay Area Map
Expanded Retail Service Overlay area – approved in August 2012
The Retail Service Overlay ordinance permits a limited amount of retail and personal service uses (subject to approval of a Special Land Use Permit by the Planning Commission) including generally recognized retail businesses and personal service establishments permitted in the B-1, Local Business District, and restaurants. These are permitted in the area identified as Office, Research, Development and Technology with Retail Service Overlay, on the City’s Future Land Use Map.
As a part of the approval of the Retail Service Overlay ordinance language, the City Council expressed an interest in expanding the areas within the OST District where an applicant may utilize these new provisions and approved a text amendment in August of 2012 that also allows applicants to apply the Retail Service Overlay to properties that meet all of the following criteria:
- The zoning of the property is OST, Planned Office Service Technology District;
- The property is located north of Twelve Mile Road and east of M-5; and
- The property is located at the intersection of a minor arterial, arterial or major arterial road and a non-residential collector street, and at least 500 feet from a residential zoned district.
- In addition to the discretionary approval allowed per Section 2302A, and the special land use considerations listed in Section 2516.2(c), the Planning Commission would also be asked to make a finding that the application of the Retail Service Overlay would be in keeping with the stated intent of the Retail Service Overlay and the OST District and compatible with the surrounding developments
In addition, for OST zoned properties north of Twelve Mile Road and east of M-5, the text amendment permits fast food drive-through restaurants, subject to the certain conditions. The approved amendment is included below along with a map identifying those properties not shown on the Future Land Use map that would be eligible to use the Retail Service Overlay provisions.
Map - Potential Retail Overlay Properties
Text Amendment 18.255