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Bingham Township Master Plan

Welcome to the Bingham Township Master Plan Resource Webpage!

This webpage contains all of the most recent information, resources, and documentation for the Bingham Township Master Plan Development Process.  A community Master Plan is a policy document that guides land-use decisions and zoning ordinance regulation standards.  The document will delve into all aspects of the community from transportation and economic development to rural protection and agriculture.

The development of the Bingham Township Master Plan is occurring over a twelve to fourteen-month period from the summer of 2021 until the early fall of 2022.  The planning process will incorporate public input from surveys, direct contact with residents, and communication at public input sessions to be scheduled during the process timeframe.

The Bingham Township Planning Commission is the appointed body that is charged with guiding the Master Plan Process and development of the document.  Planning commission meetings are open to the public and residents and visitors are encouraged to attend and participate.  Information on Planning Commission meetings and agendas can be found at the following website: https://www.leelanau.gov/binghamtwpplan.asp

Please check back with this website as updates are made regularly. 

Documents and Maps:

The following data and maps will be utilized in the development of the Bingham Township Master Plan. Please click below to view the information. 

Draft Master Plan Content

Master Plan Documents

Master Plan Process Timeline:

Please see the Master Plan Process timeline included here for indications of the current status of the process. 

Bingham Township Master Plan Development

The Planning Commission will receive a written update monthly.

Planning Commission Creation & Master Plan Process:

•  Contract Executed (Process Initiation) - Week 1 of July 2021 - Green

•  Initiate Planning Process (Notice of Intent to Plan) - Week 1 of July 2021 - Yellow

    •  Notice to Adjacent Local Jurisdictions, County - Week 1 of July 2021 - Yellow

    •  Notice to State and Country road Agencies - Week 1 of July 2021 - Yellow

    •  Notice to Utility Companies - Week 1 of July 2021 - Yellow

•  Begin Existing Master Plan Review - Week 1-4 July 2021 - Green

    •  Master Plan Review - Week 1-2 of July 2021 - Green

    ‚Äč•  Detail information from existing Master Plan for inclusion in new plan - Week 3-4 of July 2021 and Week 1-2 of August 2021 - Green

•  Gather information on Existing Conditions - Week 1-4 of August 2021 and Week 1-2 of September 2021 - Yellow

    •  GIS Base Map Development - Week 1-4 of August 2021 and Week 1-2 of September 2021 - Yellow

        •  Obtain Shapefiles from Leelanau County & other sources - Week 1-2 of August 2021 - Yellow

        •  Map Demographics, Property Classifications, Natural Features, Zoning, Parcel Size, Transportation - Week 3-4 of August 2021 and Week 1-3 of September 2021  - Yellow

    •  Obtain Information for Existing Conditions Sections - Week 1-4 of September 2021 and Week 1-2 of October 2021 - Yellow

        •  Infastructure (water, sewer, drains) - Week 1-4 of September 2021- Yellow

        •  Environment, Commercial, Transport, Agriculure, Residentail, Industrial, Civic, Services - Week 3-4 of September 2021 and Week 1-2 of October 2021 - Yellow

• Develop Survey Questionaire adn Release to public - Week 2 of July 2021 through Week 2 of December2021  - Green

    •  Develppe Survey Monkey (recommended 25-30 questions) - Week 3-4 of July 2021 and Week 1-4 of August 2021 - Green - Planning Commission Meeting with Staff Attendance first week of August 2021

    •  Administer Survey - Week 1-4 of September 2021 and Week 1-4 of October 2021 and Week 1-2 of November 2021- Green

    •  Analyze Survey Results - Week 3-4 of November 2021 and Week 1-2 of December 2021- Green

• Analyze, Cunduct, write Public Input from Sessions & Survey - Week 4 of September 2021 throught Week 2 of December 2021- Yellow - Planning Commission Meeting with Staff Attendance first week of November 2021

    •  Advertise & Public Outreach (Newspaper, flyer, neighbor to neighbor notice - Week 4 of September 2021 and Week 1-4 of October 2021- Yellow

    •  Public Input Session Held  - Week 1 of November 2021- Yellow

    •  Write Public Input Session - Week 2-4 of November 2021 and Week 1-2 of December2021- Yellow

•  Develop and Write Section for Socio-Economic Profile (Data available September 30th) - Week 1 of October 2021 through Week 4 of December 2021 - Green

•  Develop & Deliver GIS Map Development (Parcel Size Analysis Maps with Zoning Overlay) - Week 1-4 of January 2022 and Week 1-4 of February 2022 - Yellow - Planning Commission Meeting with Staff Attendance first week of January 2022

•  Develop Goals and Objectives for Action Program Section- Week 2 of Febuary 2022 through Week 4 of April 2022 - Green

    •  Staff preparation of identified needs - Week 3-4 of February 2022 - Green

    •  Planning commission work session - Week 1 of March 2022 - Green

    •  Established Goals and Objectives - Week 2-4 of March 2022 - Green

    •  Establish Timeframes and Responsible parties - Week 1-3 of April 2022 - Green

•  Develop Future Land Use Districts & Purpose Statements - Week 1-4 of April 2022 and Week 1-4 of May 2022  - Yellow

    •  Planning Commission work session - Week 1 of April 2022 - Yellow - Planning Commission Meeting with Staff Attendance

    •  Staff Develop Purpose Statements - Week 2-4 of April 2022 - Yellow

    •  Determine Future Land Use District Boundaries & Map ( From Planning Commission Work session) - Week 1-4 of May 2022 - Yellow

•  Zoning Discussion/Section Development - Week 1-4 of June 2022 - Green - Planning Commission Meeting with Staff Attendance first week of June

    •  Review Existing Zoning Districts, Purpose, Boundaries - Week 1-2 of June 2022 - Green

    •  Density Analysis & Parcel Size Analysis - Week 3-4 of June 2022 - Green

•  Master Plan (Full Review; Planning Commission) - Week 1-4 of July 2022 - Yellow

•  Master Plan (Full Review; Township Board) - Week 1-4 of July 2022 - Green

•  Release Plan for Review by the Public - Week 1-4 of August 2022 - Yellow

•  Advertise Public Hearing for Adoption of the Master Plan - Week 2 of August 2022 - Green - Required Public Notice

•  Planning Commission Meeting with Public Hearing - Week 1 of September 2022 - Yellow - Public Hearing

•  Plan Adoption by Resolution of Planning Commission - Week 1-2 of September 2022 - Green - Planning Commission Meeting with Staff Attendance first week of September

Bingham Township Public Input Sessions:
  • Thursday, May 19, 2022, from 5:00p to 7:00p at Bingham Township Hall

  • Saturday, May 21, 2022, from 10:00a to 1:00p at Bingham Township Hall

  • Thursday, January 19, 2023 from 6:30p to 8:30p at Bingham Township Hall ( This session is specifically to discuss the Future Land Use Agricultural District)

The Bingham Township Planning Commission with assistance from Networks Northwest will be hosting two (2) public input sessions to help gain input on the development of the new Master Plan. These sessions will assist with the development of a Future Land Use Map and goals and objectives to assist the Township in land use and zoning ordinance decision-making. The sessions will be on Thursday, May 19, 2022, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Saturday, May 21, 2022, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The sessions will take place at the Bingham Township Hall located at 7171 S. Center Hwy, Traverse City, MI 49684.

A third session was added with the intent to discuss the Future Land Use - Agricultural District. The session will take place on January 19, 2023 starting at 6:30p at the Bingham Township Hall located at 7171 S. Center Hwy, Traverse City, MI 49684.

Master Plan Contact:

Rob Carson, A.I.C.P., Director of Community Development
600 E. Front St., Suite 104
Traverse City, MI 49686
rob.carson@networksnorthwest.org
PH:  231-929-5057
Cell:  231-342-1198

Networks Northwest always proves to be a valued resource for our local government planning efforts. No organization does a better job of convening partners, promoting collaboration, and reporting on the data than does Networks Northwest
- Ty Wessell, Leelanau County Commissioner