" Motion by Commissioner Zambricki and supported by Commissioner McCready, the City adopts the Master Plan as amended and adopted by the planning commission.
The vote was five to to zero with all the commissioners Hardy, Mcready, Utley. and Zambricki, and newly appointed (that very evening in fact) Mayor Kellet ,voting to approve the Master Plan..
The Master Plan now had received it's final vote of approval and became the Official Master Plan of the City of Bloomfield Hills.
Chapter 4 of the Master Plan titled How to get there provides three pages of line by line instructions on how the plan was to be implemented. The instructions are graphically presented in terms of what must be done, by whom, and in what time frame. Even if you have not read the plan the instructions are easy to read and follow.The Plan by itself is nothing . It has to be implemented by a supporting government and a concerned citizenry. Per the State of Michigan, the plan has to be updated and tuned at five year intervals. That would be in 2014. We are currently in our third Mayor/City commission administration since the plan's approval. Each administration has implemented only what they liked, and more or less ignored the rest . The Chicken in Bucket syndrome. Despite the extensive input the public provided in the plan's development, no administration has sought the continued involvement of City residents. The Master Plan Task force suggested an annual Master Plan Town Hall Meeting. The last two administrations (Mayor McCready and now Mayor Zambricki) while claiming to be busy changing city ordinances to reflect the Master Plan has not offered a detailed explain of exactly what ordinances are being changed or how this is of benefit. Instead it is just assumed that everyone knows which if past is prologue is a dangerous assumption.
This concludes our series on the City's Master Plan. If you are still reading , your patience is appreciated. In this series we have mentioned aspects of the Master Plan which at at times seemed to assume a persona beyond words on a printed page. "Demanding" or "easy going" were two of of many. The reason such references are numerous is because there are so many of us. We are the Master Plan. Our current government tells us so when it calls it "your"master plan. That brings to mind the words and art of Walt Kelly the creator of the comic strip Pogo. Kelly's characters were animals living in Okefenokee swamp who resembled people, and one them famously remarked, "we have met the enemy and he is us,". While true that is only part of it .William Faulkner who also wrote about the South and whose Southern Gothic characters often resembled animals, said when accepting The Nobel Prize for Literature in 1949. "I believe Mankind will not only survive, it will triumph."
So will the Master Plan.