Master Plan


2020 Draft Master Plan Nears Adoption

Thank you to all those who shared public input on the City’s long-range vision for growth, land use, development and open space conservation, known as the Master Plan. Public comment was accepted by mail, over the phone, email and an online form through July 31. There will be a work session on Tuesday, Aug. 11, followed by a public hearing to adopt the 2020 Master Plan on Tuesday, Aug. 25. Both opportunities will allow for additional public comment directly to the Planning Commission. For information about the meetings, click here. If you have questions, please contact the Planning Department at or 616.554.0707.

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.