Master Plan


Public Input on the City of Kentwood's Draft Master Plan

The City of Kentwood is seeking public input on its long-range vision for growth, land use, development and open space conservation, known as the Master Plan, which the City has been working to update since 2017. The draft plan and associated documents are available for public review below. Comments will be accepted through July 31 and may be submitted in the following ways:

There will be a work session on Aug. 11, followed by a public hearing to adopt the 2020 Master Plan on Aug. 25. Both opportunities will allow for additional public comment directly to the Planning Commission.

MAster Plan


The 2020 draft master plan document should be consulted in conjunction with the following compendium documents:

Plan Kentwood - Community Engagement Series Feedback

About the Master Plan

The Master Plan is an official public document adopted by the Kentwood Planning Commission. The forward-looking development plan considers the long-range goals and desires of residents and property owners, as well as local, regional and market trends. 

The Master Plan features goals, policies and recommended actions to guide land use decision-making for Planning Commissioners and City Commissioners during the next 20 years. It is reviewed at least every five years but is modified and updated as deemed necessary by the Planning Commission. The most recent update was completed in 2012.

The objective of the update process is to plan for new population growth and redevelopment while protecting key environmental features, creating sustainable economic opportunities and providing public services.

Beginning last summer, the City sought public input on proposed changes through “Plan Kentwood,” a community engagement series that consisted of five opportunities for the community to share their thoughts at different events throughout the City. Proposed changes from the 2012 plan impact policies and principles for all development in the City, as well as recommendations related to the undeveloped and redeveloping land.

Following the current public comment period ending July 31, the Planning Commission will have the opportunity to make changes to the plan based on the additional input received. After changes are made, the Planning Commission will seek to adopt the 2020 Master Plan, and then present it to the City Commission for acceptance.