The Economic & Community Development Department is responsible for Planning and Zoning, Economic and Community Development, Building and Code Enforcement, the Corridor Improvement Authority and Brownfield Redevelopment.
Economic and Community Development
Under the Economic Community Development Director the department administers the following:
- Development and maintenance of a comprehensive redevelopment plan for major shopping centers with the City of Farmington.
- Development and implementation of a recruitment and retention program identifying businesses likely to succeed relative to the market.
- Economic incentives available to the City.
- Monitor vacancy and lease rates for retail, office, and industrial uses.
The department administers all facets of Community Development activities which include: land use planning, zoning administration, building permits and inspections, code enforcement, and developing and updating on an annual basis the City’s Capital Improvements Program.
The Director serves as point of contact for all transportation issues involving the City.
Building and Code Enforcement
The department is responsible for administering the Michigan Construction Code. The department reviews and issues building, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing permits along with inspections. Along with administering all facets of the Michigan Construction Code, the department also issues zoning compliance permits. Depending on the nature of site redevelopment, the City administers storm water regulations through the Oakland County Water Resources Commission, as well as Soil Erosion Permits.
The department is responsible for enforcement of all City codes pertaining to zoning, signs, fences, property maintenance, home foreclosures, and nuisances.
Corridor Improvement Authority
In an effort to redevelop its commercial corridors to promote economic growth, the Farmington City Council established a Corridor Improvement Authority (CIA) for Grand River Avenue from Mayfield Street to Cora Avenue in December 2011. At the same time the City of Farmington Hills also established a CIA for Grand River and has entered into an interlocal agreement with Farmington to jointly undertake redevelopment of Grand River.
The Grand River Corridor Study is a joint planning project involving the cities of Farmington and Farmington Hills. The intent of the Plan is to improve the appearance, connectivity, and economic competitiveness of the Grand River Corridor. The process has incorporated widespread public input in developing a plan for the future of the Grand River Corridor. The ultimate goal is to make the area a great place for people to live, work, gather, and navigate easily whether they are walking, biking or driving. A variety of planning issues are involved including land use, transportation, open space, and economic development, as well as the overall look and feel of the corridor. This document defines a clear vision of the corridor which communicates the overall development intent for the area to both the public and private sectors.
The City of Farmington established a Brownfield Redevelopment Authority in February 2002 to facilitate the implementation of plans relating to the identification and treatment of distressed areas so as to promote revitalization in certain areas of the City of Farmington.