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City Plans

Master Plan Update Process - 2018-19

The Planning Commission is working on the 2019 Master Plan Update. As part of the process, a survey was sent to all residents in November of 2017. Results from the survey are below.

The draft plan is now available for review and comment.  Comments may be sent to City Manager Eric   Waara by e-mail at

A public hearing will be held by the Planning Commission to accept comments on the draft plan on Tuesday, October22, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. in the City Center Council Chambers.


City of Houghton Master Plan 2019 - 2023

City Maps

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Houghton County Hazard Mitigation Plan 2013
Adopted by Houghton City Council November 20, 2013

City of Houghton Marketing Plans

Recreation and Natural Resource Conservation Plan

City of Houghton Carnegie Museum Strategic Plan

City of Houghton M-26 Beautification Plan

City of Houghton Public Participation Plan

City of Houghton Asset Management Plan

City of Houghton Capital Improvement Plan

Huron Creek Watershed Management Plan

Non-Motorized Transportation

Winter Cities Plan

HyettPalma Study:
Houghton Downtown Blueprint 2005

"Houghton Downtown Blueprint 2005", completed under the program titled "Blueprints for Michigan Downtowns".

This document includes the community's vision for Downtown as well as the findings of a comprehensive analysis of Downtown's commercial markets. The vision and market analysis findings were used to define a specific economic enhancement strategy for the Downtown project area. The recommended strategy was specifically designed to enable Downtown to attain the community's defined vision as well as 'the identified market opportunities.

Downtown Development Authority Plan

In 1983 the City of Houghton’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was organized under the following DDA Plan.  Since that date, the DDA plan has been amended to add new projects to take place within the DDA boundaries.  At the present time, the City of Houghton DDA will expire in 2040.

Tax Increment Finance Authority

In 1986, the City of Houghton’s Tax Increment Finance Authority (TIFA) was organized covering the area more commonly known as the M-26/Sharon Avenue Business District.  Since that date, the TIFA plan has been amended to add new projects to take place within the DDA boundaries.  At the present time, the City of Houghton TIFA will expire in 2040.


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