Master Plan

Take the City of Chelsea Master Plan Public Input Survey

The WHY behind a Master Plan.

What is a Master Plan?

The master plan is a road map for land use, development, reinvestment, transportation, and housing to guide Chelsea from a known present to an unknown future. It directly influences decisions by Chelsea’s Planning Commission and City Council on development and redevelopment in Chelsea, infrastructure investments, and zoning.

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Why do we need one?
The City of Chelsea last updated its master plan in 2019. In the past 5 years, much has changed in Chelsea - how we work, shop, move, and live, as well as the regional economy. The master plan needed to be brought up to date to reflect the reality and desires of the Chelsea community today, and its goals and priorities for the next 20 years.

What is the process?
City officials and staff along with the planning consultant team have committed to updating the master plan with a compelling vision supported by realistic goals and objectives.

In April 2024, the City consultants kicked off a 12-month process to begin the Master Plan update. The Master Plan process will consist of 4 phases.

  1. Project Initiation - Creation of engagement plan and data collection
  2. Issue Identification - Engagement with community stakeholders and presentation of data
  3. Choice Identification - Evaluation of data and input
  4. Plan Drafting and Adoption - Policy and strategy development

Master Plan Steering Committee
The Planning Commission is functioning as the steering committee, with monthly work sessions to discuss community needs and establish the goals and objectives for the master plan update. Meetings are open to the public and occur on the first Tuesday of each month in the City Council Chambers at 311 S Main Street, Chelsea.

City-wide Survey
All Chelsea community members are encouraged to take the Master Plan 2024 survey, available here. This survey is part of a joint effort by the Planning Commission and the City planning & zoning staff to identify community goals for the future of the City. Your input will provide a better understanding of the wants and needs of Chelsea community members and will help us develop a plan that will effectively guide the city for years to come.

The survey should take about 12 minutes to complete. The survey is broken into seven sections - Overall City Development, South Main Street between US-12 and I-94, Downtown, Growth, Traffic & Transit, Daily Living, Housing, and Demographics. All questions are optional. 

Survey Link Here:

Got Questions?
For any questions about the master planning process, please reach out to

Current City of Chelsea Master Plan adopted July 16, 2019