Master Plans are a community driven documents that provides leaders and residents with a vision of their future physical development. These plans guide decisions and are regularly evaluated as conditions within the community change. In Michigan, Master Plans are the basis for zoning ordinances which are laws. Zoning must be based on a reasonable community plan. So while Master Plans are guides, they are also the legal foundation for local land use laws. Most St. Clair County communities use Master Plans. A compendium of these plans can be found at the link below.
The Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development Plans guide the Michigan county's economic development. The Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development is developing initiatives to support green and blue infrastructure efforts that strengthen the economic vitality, quality of life, and environmental wellbeing for those visiting, living, and working in Macomb County. Such programs include Green Macomb, the Blue Economy, Lake St. Clair Tourism Initiative Circle the Lake Tour, Clinton River Blue Way Water Trail, Lake St.