The Planning Department oversees Otsego's development related activities and zoning administration to ensure that land uses are consistent with the city's long and short term goals and objectives.
The Planning Department serves as the City staff liaison to the Planning Commission and reports to the City Council on land use issues. They also work with the Parks and Recreation Commission on park development issues and the Heritage Preservation Commission regarding historic sites. One of the most important elements of the Planning Department's role is providing information and assistance to residents, local businesses, and developers.
The Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Ordinance, and other development regulations are prepared by the Planning Commission and adopted by the City Council to be used by City staff in processing and review of development applications for land subdivisions, new development, and redevelopment. View the Planning Process (PDF).
Otsego's Comprehensive Plan provides a guide for how the community will continue grow and develop in the next 20 years. The Comprehensive Plan is generally updated every ten years or as significant issues arise to reflect changing conditions. Otsego's Comprehensive Plan was most recently updated in 2023 and analyzed all land use elements to create a guide for future decisions on:
- Residential growth
- Commercial development
- Office / Industrial development
- Sewer and water utilities
- Parks and open space
The Comprehensive Plan serves as the guideline for Otsego's Zoning Ordinance. In accordance with the Comprehensive Plan, the City established specific areas for residential, commercial, and industrial development with performance standards applicable to each type of property and use. All new development and existing land uses in Otsego must comply with the Zoning Ordinance. Requests to divide property must also comply with the procedures and requirements of the Subdivision Ordinance, and engineering review.