Northwest Lower Michigan is characterized by small towns and settled crossroads interspersed among expansive fields and forests.  The demand for low-density residential housing has and continues to spur developments throughout the five counties.  Communities which pursue development patterns that enhance the rural visual character and protect the natural environment can produce thoughtful, quality designed low-density residential developments which contribute to the region’s economic and environmental vitality. 


When Designing Low-Density Residential:

  • Conduct site assessment
  • Retain existing vegetation and other natural resources
  • Determine building location and establish build-to lines
  • Minimize stormwater runoff through roadway location, design, and reduced widths
  • Promote connections within and between developments for both vehicles and pedestrians
  • Locate parking to the rear or side of residences
  • Incorporate alternative surfacing materials
  • Locate and design quality open spaces
  • Include buffering and screening
  • Incorporate low-maintenance landscaping
  • Control and recycle stormwater runoff
  • Scale signage appropriately
  • Assess trash and recycling service needs