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/Mortgage Subsistence Payment Programs

With funds received under the authorization of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Waterford Township may be able to provide rental and mortgage payment subsistence assistance to low to moderate-income Township residents who have lost their job, been furloughed, or had their hours reduced because of the economic impact of COVID-19. Subsistence payments are made directly to the provider or lender on the applicant's behalf. Eligible renters/homeowners include those living in households in Waterford Township with incomes at or below 80% AMI and can provide documentation of need due to the applicable impact of COVID-19. Assistance will be provided to income-qualified 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 three month’s rent or three times the actual monthly mortgage payment, whichever is applicable.  Further, rental 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.

Rental Assistance Application: Click here
Mortgage Assistance Application: Click here

Resolutions Provide 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.
In October 2020, The Board of Trustees also approved a Resolution Regarding Restaurant Non-Permanent Structures & Temporary Use.

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 resolutions linked below. 

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

Restaurant & Salon Application

Special Use Application Link