Site Plan Review Author:Mark A Wyckoff, AICP Site plan review is the only WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) zoning function. It is one of the most powerful zoning tools. Properly used, it can insure development that is consistent with ordinance standards, compatible with adjoining uses of land, well designed, and as asset to the community. Only the authority to establish permitted ... more »uses of land through separate zoning districts has a greater effect on land development.
However, like most zoning tools, site plan review cannot achieve its potential if those charged with its administration do not fully understand its scope, including both its strengths and its weaknesses. This publication surveys the scope of local government authority in Michigan to exercize site plan review. It is written primarily for Planning Commissioners and members of Zoning Boards of Appeals. After study of this guidebook, it is expected that you will be able to make better site plan review decisions. In turn, Michigan communities will become even beter places in which to live.« less