Ypsilanti Township 2040

Bridging the Past to the Future

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Ypsilanti Township 2040

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What is Ypsilanti Township 2040?

Ypsilanti Township 2040 is the collaboration between Ypsilanti Township officials, residents, and businesses to answer the question, “What should Ypsilanti Township be in 2040?” It is a community-wide exploration of our core values, legacies, and aspirations rooted in careful analysis of data, trends, patterns and market conditions. Once we have a shared vison for the future of our community, the Township will update its plans, policies and zoning ordinance to bridge our past to community’s vision for the future.

Ypsilanti Township 2040 will span two years, create a shared vision for Ypsilanti Township, craft two plans (Master Plan and Parks and Recreation Plan), and construct a 21st-century Zoning Ordinance. These documents will set in motion what recreation, arts, housing, agriculture, jobs, transportation and much more will be in Ypsilanti Township by 2040.

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Township History

Ypsilanti Township’s history runs from a trading post on the Great Sauk Trail in 1809 to the second largest municipality in Washtenaw County today. Organized in 1827, Ypsilanti Township was an agricultural community until the early 20th century. The Willow Run bomber factory, opened in 1943, fundamentally changed the population and economy of the Township as thousands came to work in the Arsenal of Democracy. After World War II, Ypsilanti Township remained a manufacturing hub with most Township residents working in blue-collar jobs until the 1990’s. Meanwhile, the Township population increased by over 50%, due to the expansion of public sewer and water south of Ford Lake and the development of single-family home subdivisions. Today, the Township is home to the American Center for Mobility, an autonomous vehicle testing site, hundreds of business and a diverse population. For more Ypsilanti Township history, click here.

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How It Works

Ypsilanti Township 2040 is a community-based process to create a shared vision and then update two plans and one zoning ordinance in two years. Participation from Ypsilanti Township residents, workers, businesses and visitors is vital. See “The Process” to view the overall schedule. Visit “Get Involved” to learn more about upcoming events and how to participate!

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Documents

Master Plan

The vision for Ypsilanti Township and a land use policy roadmap to achieve it.
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Recreation & Non-motorized Plan

An inventory of parks, recreation programs, sidewalks and bicycle paths and an analysis of how to improve those systems to serve the needs of the community.
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Zoning Ordinance

The Township’s laws governing signs, parking, fences, sheds, and what types of buildings and activities can occur where in the Township.
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Get Involved

We want to hear from you! Your contributions will directly influence the vision for Ypsilanti Township in 2040 and the resulting Township policies, plans and ordinances.

Attend an Event

Walking tours, drop-in studios, community meetings and more!
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Steering Committee

Take a poll or a survey. Comment on the latest draft documents. Share an idea. Activities will change, so check in frequently!
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Share Feedback

Your ideas are important! Thank you for sharing them with us!
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