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Planning and Development Department
We help plan for the city’s future.
The City of Detroit’s Planning and Development Department (PDD) aims to build a city secure in its future, grounded in its roots and hopeful in its present state. The vision of PDD’s mission is a healthy and beautiful Detroit, built on inclusionary growth, economic opportunity, and an atmosphere of trust.
- That every citizen has the right to live in a socially, environmentally and economically healthy community.
- That Detroit is blessed with a rich history and tremendous physical assets with opportunities for historic and environmental preservation.
- That the potential of the City will be best realized by embracing the broadest, most far-reaching and inclusive vision of what is possible.
- That citizen engagement strengthens decisions and generates confidence in the future.
A healthy and beautiful Detroit, that is built on inclusionary growth and economic opportunity in an atmosphere of trust.
To build a city secure in its future, grounded in its roots, and hopeful in its present.
Engaging the Community
Community engagement is critical to the work in the Planning & Development Department (PDD). For each Neighborhood Framework Plan, conversations with community stakeholders and residents play an essential role in developing recommendations for development and revitalization projects.
While each study has a slightly different approach, the process includes:
- A series of public community meetings to share thoughts, ask for feedback, and discuss concerns with residents
- A comprehensive communications strategy to keep residents updated, utilizing email newsletters, print mailings, door-to-door canvassing, surveys, and more
- Regularly convening groups of community leaders to advise and consult on the framework plan
- Meeting residents in smaller focus groups and listening sessions for more in-depth conversations
- Holding regular office hours during which residents can ask questions and share concerns
- 1-on-1 conversations with residents who can share insights about a specific aspect of the neighborhood plan
- Partnering with existing institutions (local businesses, farmer’s markets, etc.) to set up additional places for engagement
As a result of these strategies, we aim to accomplish the following through all of our work:
- Meet people where they are
- Be clear and accessible – no jargon!
- Make engagement fun and interesting
- Build a strong and meaningful neighborhood presence