Weigh in on Farmington’s $23M Capital Improvement Plan

The Farmington Planning Commission will hold a public hearing March 12 on the City of Farmington’s 2019-2024 Capital Improvement Program (CIP).

The six-year draft plan identifies 115 projects with a total price tag of $23,164,881. The CIP is a planning document; inclusion on the list doesn’t guarantee any project will be completed.

Almost half of the projects involve either roads or sidewalks and streetscapes. The balance fall in the general areas of recreation and culture (12 percent), water and sewer (12 percent), land acquisitions and redevelopment (11 percent), vehicles and equipment (10 percent), parking lots (5 percent), buildings and grounds (4 percent), and drains (less than 1 percent).

Significant entries include:

  • renovation or relocation of City Hall
  • Mayfield drain system improvements to reduce flooding during heavy rains
  • additional surface parking and a parking structure in downtown Farmington
  • improvements to Shiawassee Park and Drake Park
  • resurfacing portions of Oakland, Flanders, Lilac, Chesley, and Frederick Streets, and Freedom Road
  • converting city street lights to LEDs, saving $50,000 annually in energy costs
  • Farmington Road streetscape
  • replacement of the city’s Vactor truck, purchased in 1995

A steering committee that includes members of the Planning Commission, Downtown Development Authority, City Council, and Grand River Corridor Improvement Authority, along with members of city staff, created the draft document, which will be added to the city’s Master Plan later this year.

Anyone interested in commenting on the draft will have an opportunity to speak at the public hearing, which begins at 7 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall. A copy is also available for review at City Hall, 23600 Liberty St. or at farmgov.com

Correction: The time and location of the meeting were omitted from the original version of this story.