The St. Clair County Metropolitan Planning Commission works to make St. Clair
County a better place to live, work and play. This mission is accomplished
through comprehensive countywide planning programs that establish policies and
plans to guide economic, physical, and social development.
What the Metropolitan Planning Commission Does
The Metropolitan Planning Commission and their staff perform a variety of
planning functions to the benefit of citizens, local communities, the business
community, the County Board of Commissioners, and other county departments. A
partial listing of those functions follows.
Countywide Planning - The Commission and its staff perform
countywide planning in the following areas: land use, transportation (through
the St. Clair County Transportation Study, SCCOTS), environmental (agricultural
preservation, brownfield redevelopment, and solid waste planning); community and
economic development (housing programs, placemaking, and the St. Clair County
Land Bank Authority). The Commission and its staff work in concert with other
county departments and organizations throughout the community on special
projects, such as the recent Blueways of St. Clair project. Members of the
Commission and its staff also sit on a number of countywide and regional
County Board of Commissioners - The Commission and its staff
provide assistance to the Board of Commissioners through corporate planning
initiatives, research, and data analysis. Commission and staff serve on
committees and task forces as requested by the Board of Commissioners, and the
Commission completes special projects and reports as requested.
Operational Activities - There are a number of operational
activities performed by the Commission and their staff. They include: developing
the County’s annual Capital Improvement Program; coordinating transportation
improvement project funding through the St. Clair County Transportation Study;
awarding and administering housing rehabilitation loans and grants in
collaboration with community partners; and the execution and administration of
several environmental grant programs.
Community Assistance - The Commission and its staff provide
planning and zoning assistance to local communities through review and
recommendations on local land use plans and zoning ordinances. Local grant
applications are also reviewed and coordinated with other agencies and adjoining
communities that may be affected by a proposal. The Commission conducts research
on planning and zoning matters on behalf of local communities, provides sample
ordinances, and collects and disseminates data. The Commission provides
educational opportunities to local communities with annual fall and winter
training sessions and quarterly ‘Partners in Planning’ discussion meetings.
Additionally, the Commission will organize and conduct specialized training as
requested. The Commission also maintains a large planning library open to the
public. The library includes copies of all local community land use and
recreation plans, as well as local zoning ordinances.
Public Assistance - The Commission and its staff provide data
and conducts limited research for citizens and the public at large. The
Commission can also provide aerial photography, wetland maps, topographical maps
and soils surveys.
The MPC Blog - The Commission and their staff maintains an
active blog online highlighting current planning and zoning topics, activities
of the Commission, agency reports, and other planning issues from throughout the
region. The blog is intended to be a digital newsletter that will help keep
citizens and local units of government informed about County planning
activities. You can subscribe to the blog by entering your email address on the
blog’s home page, which is
Funding - The Metropolitan Planning Commission receives funding
from the County Board of Commissioners annual budget. The Metropolitan Planning
Commission also has the authority to apply for, receive and accept grants from
any governmental agency. Currently the Commission receives grant funds for
several program areas, including transportation, housing, and coastal
Metropolitan Planning Commission
200 Grand River, Suite 202
Port Huron, MI 48060
We do not accept unsolicited faxes.
The MPC offices are open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.