Master Plan

Save the Date:

The Master Plan Update project is underway and we eagerly anticipate formal adoption by the Planning Commission and Township Board in 2024.

Over the past year, Planning Division staff and planning consultants have been working diligently to update the Canton Master Plan with new and innovative ideas, to guide us into an unknowable future.

To showcase what we’ve been working on, we will be hosting two Master Plan Open Houses. Draft maps, documents, and conceptual designs will be on display and we’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions before the Plan is completed and formally adopted. Please join us:

  • Thursday, February 22, 2024 – Summit on the Park (Walnut Room); 2 – 7 pm
  • Thursday, February 29, 2024 – Administration Building (Board Room); 2 – 7pm

Please note, both Open Houses are identical with the same displays and information. No registration necessary, both sessions are open to the public. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Planning Services is in the process of updating Canton’s Comprehensive Master Plan. The Master Plan is a long-range policy document that guides the community for the next 10 – 20 years on a variety of topics, such as land use, development, housing and neighborhoods, infrastructure, transportation and corridors, environmental preservation, and more.

The update is expected to take 12 – 18 months and will include a robust public engagement strategy to gather feedback from Canton residents, business owners, property owners, and other community stakeholders.

All updates and information posted here. You may also email questions and comments to

View agendas and minutes to all Master Plan Advisory Board Meetings.

  1. What is a Master Plan
  2. Why Does Canton Need a Master Plan
  3. What is the Difference Between a Master Plan and Zoning Ordinance

The Master Plan is a long-range guiding policy document that focuses on land use and plans for future development in a community. The Master Plan also outlines goals and objectives for the community, as well as specific guidelines related to transportation, utilities, recreation, public services, and more. The Master Plan provides a legal basis for all land development regulations, including zoning ordinances, and also designates the location and intensity of future development.

  1. Master Plan Process
  2. Public Input
  3. Current Plans

The process to update a community’s Master Plan is a long-term project that can span 12-24 months, or longer if needed. The length of the project is determined by the scale and scope of land use analysis, design of conceptual renderings for designated areas of the community, and overall public engagement.

Canton Township will contract with a planning consultant firm to aid in the design and development of the Master Plan. The Canton Township Master Plan update is anticipated to take 12-18 months, with a robust and comprehensive public engagement strategy designed to garner as much public feedback and input as possible.

A Master Plan Advisory Board will work with the planning consultant team and Planning Division staff to advise the Planning Commission and Township Board on conceptual design renderings, development of maps, and overall text.

When the document has been drafted, the Planning Commission will recommend to the Township Board to distribute the draft text to the public, adjacent communities, and regional agencies for public comment. The Township Board shall review the recommendation from the Planning Commission and determine if the document is complete and ready for public review.

Upon determining that the draft document is ready to be distributed to the public, the Board of Trustees will approve the distribution of the draft document for 63- days, in accordance with the Michigan Planning Enabling Act. After the required 63 days, Township staff will collect all public comments received and send them to the Planning Commission for review.

The Planning Commission will review the comments and determine if further work is required by the Planning Commission and Master Plan Advisory Board. When the Planning Commission is satisfied with the draft document, the Planning Commission will set the public hearing, in accordance with the Michigan Planning Enabling Act.

After the conclusion of the public hearing, the Planning Commission will make a recommendation to the Township Board to adopt the Master Plan. The Board of Trustees will have the authority to adopt the Master Plan.

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