Master Plan


We plan for Grand Rapids' future. Our Master Plan spans over 20 years, but we reassess and update it regularly. We adopted the current Master Plan in 2002. (The previous Master Plan was adopted in 1963.) The Master Plan focuses on the following issues on which city policy can have a direct impact:

  • Land use
  • Development
  • Infrastructure

We've amended the plan with community input on a new vision for Grand Rapids. This includes topics such as schools, public safety, job training and other quality of life aspects. Check out the plan below.

Master Plan

March 2020 Master Plan Update Presentation

The City Commission received an update from the Planning Department on the latest developments in the process for the next Master Plan. 

You can access the PowerPoint presentation here:

Download Presentation(PDF, 2MB)

Area Specific Plans

We collaborate with the community on Area Specific Plan (ASP) development processes. ASPs zero in on a smaller part of the city.

Check out the current ASP plans and projects below.

On November 14, 2020, the City Commission adopted the Area Specific Plan for the South Division Corridor. This will define the vision for the community and expectations for future development.

Community Engagement and Implementation

This plan is now complete. Please click on the link below for more information about the South Division Corridor Plan.

Project Website

Related Documents

Project Facebook Page

2017 Overview Flyer(PDF, 629KB)

On December 3, 2020, the City Commission adopted the Area Specific Plan for the Southtown Corridor Improvement District.

Southtown Communities

  • Alger Heights
  • Boston Square
  • Franklin and Eastern
  • Madison Square
  • Seymour Square

This plan is now complete. For more information, please click on the link below.

More Info

This ASP was adopted May 25, 2010. 

Boston Square Plan

Related Documents

Maps and Drawings(PDF, 4MB)

This ASP was adopted April 25, 2017.

Grandville Avenue Plan

This ASP was adopted June 9, 2015.

Michigan Street Plan

The Westside Plan includes several districts on the City's westside.

  • West Leonard Business District
  • West Grand Neighborhood Organization
  • Stockbridge Business District

This ASP was adopted in 2014. 

Westside Plan

This plan is not officially adopted by the City, but the Wealthy Street Business Alliance (WSBA) presented a position paper on Ground Floor Offices in 2016.

Position Paper

Related Documents

WSBA Position Paper Map(PDF, 85KB)