Berkley Master Plan

Our Roadmap for the Best Path from a Known Present Into an Unknown Future.

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We Want to Hear from You!

Berkley’s Master Plan community engagement activities are going digital! We wish we could meet with everyone in person, but we are committed to protecting our Berkley community through social distancing. What better time than now to think about the future of our wonderful community?! 

Be on the lookout for ways to engage with us coming soon! In the meantime, you can join our Facebook group "Berkley Master Plan Community Group"  which was created for our Berkley residents, businesses, and community members to share their thoughts SPECIFICALLY on the Berkley Master Plan process and implementation.

Get in Touch With Us! 
We have set up a voicemail box for any residents wanting to leave a message with their ideas at 248-658-3327, or they can email

Watch One of Our Master Plan Webinars!
Carlisle Wortman Associates hosted eight interactive webinars that are broadcasted on the City’s WBRK cable station.

The webinars provide valuable information about the Master Plan process and why a current Master Plan is essential for every community. Additionally, the webinars serve as an opportunity to examine a specific Master Plan topic, such as parking, housing, infrastructure, etc. The following webinar topics and details are listed below:


Date/Time Webinar Was Hosted

Webinar Information

What is a Master Plan?

May 19
@ 4 PM

Existing Conditions in Berkley

May 26
@ 4 PM


June 2
@ 6 PM

Gathering Spaces

June 4
@ 11 AM

Stormwater, utilities & green infrastructure

June 11
@ 6 PM

11 Mile, 12 Mile, Coolidge,
Greenfield & Woodward

June 16
@ 11 AM


Wednesday, June 24
@ 6 PM

Community editing of Draft
Vision, Goals and Objectives for the Master Plan

June 30
@ 6 PM


What is a Master Plan?
The master plan is a road map for land use, development, reinvestment, transportation, and housing to guide Berkley from a known present to an unknown future. It directly influences decisions by Berkley’s Planning Commission and City Council on development and redevelopment in Berkley, infrastructure investments, and zoning.

Elements of a Master Plan

Master Plan Elements
Why do we need one?
The City of Berkley last updated its master plan in 2007, with amendments adopted in 2012 and 2017. In the past 13 years, much has changed in Berkley - how we work, shop, move and live, as well as, the regional economy. The master plan needs to be brought up to date to reflect the reality and desires of the Berkley community today, and its goals and priorities for the next 20 years.

Check out our current 2007 Master Plan.

What is the process?
City officials and staff with the consultant team are committed to a master plan with a compelling vision supported by realistic goals and objectives.

City staff and consultants are facilitating an 18-month process with three phases:

  1. Vision & Outreach
  2. Plan Design & Drafting
  3. Final Plan Adoption

Master Plan Steering Committee
The City’s Master Plan process will be guided by an Ad Hoc Master Plan Steering Committee who will work alongside City staff, Planning Commission, and Carlisle Wortman Associates in order to best represent the ideals of the community.

Committee Members:
Matt Baumgarten, City Manager
Erin Schlutow, Community Development Director
Ross Gavin, City Councilmember
Lisa Kempner, Planning Commissioner
Joe Bartus, Planning Commissioner
Sue McAlpine, Zoning Board of Appeals Member
Jennifer Finney, Executive Director for the Downtown Development Authority
Tricia Losey, Tree Board Member
Dan Mihaescu, Beautification Committee
Mark Richardson, Environmental Advisory Board
Mike Kerby, Recreation Advisory Board Member 
Kurt Hite, Community Member-At-Large
Alexandra Donnelly, Community Member-At-Large
Audra Rowley, Community Member-At-Large
Carolyn Cregar, Community Member-At-Large

About Carlisle Wortman Associates:
We take pride in building relationships with our client communities based on trust and integrity that lasts decades. Over the past 30 years, Carlisle Wortman Associates (CWA) has prepared and updated over 100 master plans for communities ranging in size from 350 to over 80,000 residents. CWA works with communities to create master plans as unique and diverse as each community. 
CWA understands that master planning is a community-driven process. We help to facilitate community engagement processes that are catered to your community. CWA is passionate to engage residents, businesses, and other key stakeholders to ensure that the master plan reflects the goals and vision that will translate into the policies and strategies that will benefit everyone. Learn more at

Want to attend a meeting?

The Master Plan Steering Committee meets every third Tuesday of the month starting at 7 PM. 

Please see this year's monthly meeting dates below:

  • January 19, 2021 
  • February 16, 2021 
  • March 16, 2021
  • April 20, 2021
  • May 18, 2021
  • June 15, 2021
  • July 20, 2021
  • August 17, 2021
  • September 21, 2021
  • October 19, 2021
  • November 16, 2021 
  • December 21, 2021 
Check our City calendar to see details for the next meeting. 
Master Plan Meeting Materials

December 16, 2019 - Special Joint Meeting   Agenda   Minutes  
January 21, 2020 - Regular Meeting   Agenda   Minutes  
February 18, 2020 - Regular Meeting   Agenda   Minutes  
April 21, 2020 - Regular Meeting   Agenda   Minutes  
June 16, 2020 - Regular Meeting   Agenda   Minutes  
July 21, 2020 - Regular Meeting   Agenda   Minutes  
August 18, 2020 - Regular Meeting   Agenda   Minutes  
October 20, 2020 - Regular Meeting   Agenda   Minutes  
November 17, 2020 - Regular Meeting   Agenda   Minutes  
December 16, 2020 - Regular Meeting   Agenda   Minutes  
January 19, 2021 - Regular Meeting   Agenda    

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