Community Master Plan Updates


Pre-Planning Phase

In 2020, 20 facilitators, hired by the City, hosted a variety of meetings to discuss the future of Grand Rapids and how the Community Master Plan can better represent and serve its residents. The facilitators were individual community members and representatives from community organizations.

This pre-planning phase of the Community Master Plan process gathered information from the community on the successes of the 2002 Master Plan and sought information on where improvements could be made. 

Community Input Phase

The 2002 Master Plan contained common themes such as improvements to neighborhoods, business districts, transportation and culture.

In the coming months, a Steering Committee of community representatives and an external consultant will coordinate a robust community engagement campaign to determine which priorities to include in the updated Community Master Plan. The Steering Committee members are listed below.

Many opportunities for discussion will take place to determine how the Community Master Plan will reflect the nuances of today’s needs and the City’s growing and diverse populations. It is likely the new Community Master Plan will need to address issues that have emerged as higher priorities since the previous plan, such as equity, inclusion, sustainability, mobility, housing availability and affordability and reducing the city’s environmental impact.  

More Info

If you are interested in more information regarding the community master planning process please contact Layla Aslani at

To learn more about the 2002 Community Master Plan and Area Specific Plans (ASPs), please visit the page below.

Community Master Plan

Community Master Plan Update Presentations

February 2021 Community Master Plan Update Presentation

Summary of results of the Facilitator Program

November 2020 Community Master Plan Update Presentation

Progress update for the Facilitator Program

March 2020 Community Master Plan Update Presentation

Introducing the Community Master Plan process

The Community Master Plan Steering Committee consists of the following individuals, appointed by Mayor Bliss with consultation from City Commissioners. The Steering Committee members represent all three City wards and a variety of Grand Rapids businesses and non-profit organizations:

  • Sonali Allen, Mercantile Bank of Michigan
  • Tommy Allen, Rapid Growth Media
  • Ryan Anderson, Mobile GR Commissioner, Herman Miller
  • Jathan Austin, Ethel Empowerment Church
  • Rev. Katherine Baker, Ecumenical and Interfaith Ministries and Spiritual Wellness
  • Tasha Blackmon, Cherry Health
  • Elianna Bootzin, Neighbors of Belknap Lookout
  • Walter L. Burt, Ward 3 City Commissioner appointee
  • Guillermo Cisneros, West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Isaac DeGraaf, LINC UP
  • Ken Fawcett, Spectrum Health/Spectrum Health Healthier Communities
  • Sonja Forte, Baxter Community Center
  • Evelyn Esparza-Gonzalez, Hispanic Center of Western Michigan
  • Synia Gant-Jordan, Community Collaboration on Climate Change (C4)
  • Emma Garcia, Access of West Michigan
  • Kristian Grant, Southtown Corridor Improvement Authority, GRPS, Grant Development, LLC
  • Aaron Ferguson, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
  • Brenda Brame, Kent County Tax Credit Coalition at Heart of Michigan United Way
  • Lisa Haynes, Grand Valley State University
  • Dale Hotelling, Ward 2 City Commissioner appointee
  • Chip Hurley, Signature Associates
  • Erick Kind, MDOT
  • Shana Lewis, Trinity Health – Mercy Health
  • Emily Loeks, Studio C
  • Ted Lott, Lott3Metz Architecture
  • Josh Lunger, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Jameela Maun, Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan
  • Paola Mendivil, El Granjero Mexican Grill/Ferris State University
  • Nick Monoyios, Interurban Transit Partnership – The Rapid
  • Minnie Morey, West Michigan Asian American Association
  • Tim Mroz, The Right Place, Inc.
  • Isaac Norris, Issac V. Norris & Associates, P.C. and Southtown CIA
  • Javier Olvera, Supermercado Mexico (Olvera Enterprises)
  • Lynn Rabaut, Former City Commissioner
  • Lindsey Reames, Grand Rapids Housing Commission
  • Terry Rostic, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Paul Rozenboom, Planning Commissioner
  • Kareem Scales, Greater Grand Rapids NAACP
  • Mark Schaub, Ward 1 City Commissioner appointee
  • Megan Steenwyk, Next Gen Advisory Board, Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce
  • Monica Steimle-App, Rockford Construction
  • Eddie Tadlock, Devos Place/Van Andel Arena (ASM Global)
  • Annette Vandenberg, West Grand Neighborhood Organization
  • Angélica Velazquez Estrada, La Casa de la Cobija
  • Rick Winn, AHC Hospitality/Experience GR/River For All
  • Javier Cervantes, Grand Rapids Public Schools
  • Stacy Bare, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks

In keeping with the values outlined in the City's Strategic Plan, the charts below break down committee membership by race/ethnicity, gender, geography, sector representation and other key areas:





































The City of Grand Rapids issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for obtaining proposals from professional consulting firms/teams to provide professional and technical expertise for the preparation of a Community Master Plan.

Key milestones for the procurement are shown below. Proposers shall note that the dates provided are provided as a guideline only and are subject to change as the City deems in its own best interests.

  • RFP Released Friday, February 11, 2022
  • Questions Due Friday, February 25, 2022, 2:00 PM EST
  • Answers to Questions Released Friday, March 4, 2022
  • Responses to RFP Due Thursday, March 17, 2022, 11:00 AM EST
  • Short-List Selections Friday, April 1, 2022
  • Consultant Presentations Monday, April 25, 2022
  • Consultant Selection Friday, May 6, 2022
  • Award Approved by City Commission TBD
  • Execute Contract and Begin Work TBD