Community Planning & Development

Mission Statement

The Community Planning and Development Department mission is to plan for and coordinate growth, redevelopment, economic development, and wise and effective use of Waterford Township's natural and human resources to create a strong, safe, and pleasant community in which to live, work, and relax.

Main Department Functions

Community Planning and Development (CPD) oversees the Township’s:

Pre-Application Meetings

We are pleased to offer Pre-Application Meetings to help address any questions you may have and to assist in streamlining the application process. Click to email Jeff Polkowski, Superintendent of Planning & Zoning or call Development Services at 248-674-6238.

Rental Subsistence Payment Program

This program provides rental payment subsistence assistance to impacted Waterford Township residents who have lost their job, been furloughed, or had their hours reduced because of the economic impact of COVID‐19. Assistance can be provided one‐time or short‐term for up to three consecutive months. Payments are made directly to the local agent or management company providing the housing on behalf of the qualified resident. Eligible residents include those living in households with incomes at or below 80% AMI and can provide documentation of need due to the applicable impact of COVID‐19, etc. Assistance will be provided to qualified rental households on a first come first serve basis until the allocated funds are exhausted or the assistance program is no longer found to be necessary. Assistance cannot exceed the actual cost of the rent (including late fees) and shall not exceed fiscal year 2020 FMR values as well as HUD’s standard of rent reasonableness.  For questions, contact Stacy St. James at or 248-674-6240.

Click to download the fillable application or printable application.

Resolution Provides Options for 
Restaurants and Salons to Expand Operations Outdoors

Waterford Restaurants and salons now have the option to apply for temporary special use to reduce parking requirements and expand operations outdoors in an effort to help provide relief due to the hardships imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. If no outdoor seating space is available, parking lots may be utilized

On June 8th, a resolution was adopted unanimously by the Waterford Township Board of Trustees with support from the Superintendent of Planning & Zoning and the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce.

This Resolution will permit restaurant establishments to temporarily expand their dining areas, and permit personal grooming establishments to provide personal services outside once they are permitted to operate by the State of Michigan.

Please reference the application and resolution linked below. 

Questions may be directed to Jeffrey Polkowski at 248-674-7446 or by email.

Restaurant & Salon Resolution

Temporary Use Resolution

Restaurant & Salon Application

Special Use Application Link