Master Plan and Zoning Ordinance Library

A listing of Michigan governments with a master plan and/or zoning ordinance is now available.  A list of counties, townships, cities and villages with active web-sites is provided along with links to master plans and zoning ordinances that were made available online.  Websites that contain comprehensive links to master plans and zoning ordinances from around the United States is also provided.  Examples of capital improvement programs (CIP) have now been added to the library.   View sample plans and ordinances. 

Planning and Zoning Resources

Following is a list of planning, zoning and related resources that website visitors may find useful. Either the document in PDF form, or a web link to obtain the document is presented. This list will be added to often. If you find a bad link, please send us an email at

These resources represent neither an exhaustive list of materials available on the subjects listed, nor does it represent an endorsement of the accuracy or efficacy of any of the material presented. Many materials are listed from a wide variety of perspectives in order to provide a sampling of materials.

All material is listed in alphabetical order with especially useful material indicated with an asterisk (*) at the end of the citation. Since many of the materials come from just a few sources with long names (such as the Michigan Association of Planning (MAP) or the American Planning Association (APA)), abbreviations are used. All abbreviations are defined in the last major category along with contact information for these sources.

Each category opens with a brief list of the kinds of information addressed in source material listed in that category.

Following is the format used for all book or report listings (a question mark means information is uncertain):

This is the format for all magazine articles or chapters in books:

  • Wyckoff, Mark. “Highlights of Michigan’s Land, Michigan’s Future: The Final Report of the Michigan Land Use Leadership Council,” PZN, August 2003, p. 5-13.

If a publication is available online, the web address is listed at the end of the citation.

All listings have been classified as basic, intermediate or advanced based on content.  The classifications are defined and abbreviated as follows:

  • Basic (BAS) = Material that is easy to read, relatively short, and does not require much prior knowledge, but does not go into much depth on a subject.
  • Intermediate (INT) = Material that is easy to read or written for a more sophisticated reader; material may be of any length and may or may not require some prior knowledge and goes into some depth on a subject.
  • Advanced (ADV) = Material of various reading levels that is generally longer and goes into greater depth, and requires some prior knowledge on a subject.

Frequently Asked Questions

2008 Michigan Planning Enabling Act training program FAQs.