Oct. 23 Open House set for Land Development Code draft

The Marquette City Planning Commission has scheduled an Open House event for the public to learn more about the Draft Land Development Code (LDC), which will – with one document – replace the City’s Zoning Ordinance, Sign Ordinance, Fence Ordinance, Subdivision Ordinance, and create a new Form-based Code for N. Third St., eliminate the South Marquette Waterfront Form-based Code and update the Downtown Marquette Waterfront Form-based Code. The City Planning Commission has been working on this project during their regular bi-monthly meetings since June 20, 2017.

The Open House will take place at the Citizens Forum in Lakeview Arena and begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23. Marquette residents, business owners and other interested parties are encouraged to attend the event, which will begin with a presentation and follow with a question-and-answer session and the opportunity for attendees to examine proposed new zoning districts and the text of the LDC.

The Land Development Code has been created to modernize the City’s land-use codes and provide a more user-friendly document that combines various ordinance/code standards that at present are found in separate documents. The draft LDC document was designed to assist in implementing the City’s vision to become a sustainable community with a strong sense of place and which provides unique opportunities for living, learning and business. The LDC is a tool to create a more sustainable future and a legacy of a world-class natural environment. The intended impacts of the LDC project are:

  • To reduce the overall complexity of the current land-use ordinances (zoning, subdivision, sign, fence, form codes).
  •  To reduce the number of variance cases caused by outdated lot size, setback and accessory building standards.
  •  To update zoning districts and associated standards for contemporary land use needs and the local context.
  •  Incorporate new standards for increased environmental protection and preservation.
  •  Reduce the negative impacts of urbanization and population growth over time.

A copy of the Draft LDC Amendment can be found in the Community Development office located at 1100 Wright St., Marquette, and online here.

Following is the tentative schedule for further public input to the Draft LDC and adoption of the Land Development Code:

  • November 13: Planning Commission work session on Draft LDC.
  • November 20: Final PC work session on Draft LDC.
  • November 21-29: Joint Work Session of Planning Commission and City Commission to
    discuss the Draft LDC and Community Master Plan (CMP) Amendment.
  • December 4: Planning Commission public hearings for 1) CMP Amendment and, and 2)
    adoption of Draft LDC.
  • December 17: City Commission public hearing and vote on Land Development Code. The
    LDC would go into effect 10 days after an affirmative vote to adopt the LDC.

Written comments regarding the Draft LDC may be submitted to the Community Development Department office or by email to the City Planner at dstensaas@marquettemi.org. Comments by telephone may be made to the City Planner at 225-8103.

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