Zoning & Streetscape Meeting

The City of Detroit’s Planning & Development Department invites you to a community meeting regarding two streetscape projects and a proposed rezoning in your community. The proposed streetscape and rezoning efforts are outcomes of the West Vernor Corridor Framework Plan (en español - Carretera de West Vernor Marco de trabajo del vecindario). 

Streetscape & Zoning Community Meeting
Tuesday, August 28th from 6:00pm -8:00pm

Mexicantown Latino Community Center at Plaza del Norte
2835 Bagley Avenue, Detroit, MI 48216

Bagley Shared Street: This streetscape improvement project will extend along a two-block section of Bagley Avenue from 24th Street to the Fisher Freeway Service Drive. A shared street design supports expanding the street’s value to the community and adjacent businesses through the development of a completely flush street surface supporting periodic celebrations, festivals, markets, non-motorized connectivity – as well as routine vehicular access at most times.    The City seeks your input during this critical design phase for this project, as construction is expected to begin in the summer 2019. 

Vernor Highway Streetscape Project:  The proposed Vernor Highway streetscape improvement project will provide new pavement, lighting, crosswalks and additional street tree plantings extending east from Clark Avenue to Newark Street. A median to ensure enhanced pedestrian crossing is proposed on Vernor Highway between Clark and Scotten Avenues.  The City seeks your input during this critical design phase for this project, as construction is expected to begin in the summer 2019.  

Proposed Rezoning: The City of Detroit also seeks your feedback on a proposed zoning change in the community that will impact some parcels generally bounded by Clark Street (west),  I-75 Freeway (south), the Railroad/Newark Street (east), Railroad (north). Please see the map on the back.  This zoning change is being considered to support and encourage a mix of uses in the area and allow for traditional design regulations to increase walkability within the proximity of Vernor and Bagley. The proposed change would rezone some land currently zoned M4 (Intensive Industrial) to M2 (Restrictive Industrial) or to SD2 Special Development District – Mixed-Use).  The proposed change would also rezone some parcels zoned B4 (General Business) to the SD2 district to provide for a greater mix of uses than currently permitted in the B4 zone, but will also restrict some commercial uses currently permitted in B4. Other zoning changes include zoning changes to increase residential density around Clark Park and to rezone Clark Park to a park classification.  

A copy of the complete zoning ordinance can be found at the Detroit City Planning Commission Website

Project Summary

The West Vernor Corridor Neighborhood Framework is one of several initiatives by the City of Detroit Planning Department to strengthen neighborhoods throughout the city. This year-long effort honors the large amounts of time, thinking and resources that community members have invested in planning neighborhood improvements, through more than twenty planning initiatives over the past five to ten years. Community residents, business and property owners, organizations and other stakeholders were invited to participate in several types of feedback gatherings as part of this planning effort. The results of this engagement has been codified into a planning document, the West Vernor Corridor Neighborhood Framework

West Vernor Corridor Framework Plan Materials:


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Framework Overview

The neighborhoods of the West Vernor Corridor in Southwest Detroit are remarkably resilient. While population loss has severely challenged neighborhoods across Detroit, West Vernor Corridor neighborhoods have managed to retain and attract more residents. Between 2010 and 2015, the West Vernor Corridor study area population reversed its previous decline and grew 8%, even as the city lost 3% of its overall population. The framework study area’s many inherent assets, as well as its traditional role as a destination for Latino immigrants, all contribute to this population gain. As a result, the study area has a relatively high density of residents—about 10,000 people on average, or more than twice the citywide average of 4,700.

The investment and growth of West Vernor corridor residents have helped maintain and expand community life, availability of neighborhood services, and street and park infrastructure. Moving forward, investments that will help West Vernor Corridor neighborhoods achieve a higher and more sustainable quality of life. The West Vernor Corridor Neighborhood Framework initiative helps community members attain new opportunities by building on overlapping areas of strength:

      • Social strength—residents of the study area have strong social networks, cultural traditions, and community organizations that build community
      • Physical strength—in most of the study area, streets, blocks, buildings, and parks provide a great foundation for walkable neighborhood life
      • Economic strength—the appeal of living and operating businesses in the study area is stabilizing real estate values and attracting reinvestment


The neighborhoods of the West Vernor Corridor have demonstrated their resiliency. City investments here will go far, as community members capitalize upon them and create a place Within the study area, near-term initiatives are further focused in two areas—West Vernor-Springwells and Mexicantown-Hubbard—where community members said change was most needed, and where improvements can best reinforce each other to promote growing and enduring benefits.