City To Rezone Oakland County’s Animal Shelter Property

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

A key strategic goal of the City Council is to proactively prepare underutilized properties for redevelopment.  This rezoning proposal, along with The Palace of Auburn Hills redevelopment study and rezoning, is an excellent example of the City Council, Planning Commission, and staff working together to implement that vision.

Oakland County will soon close their Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center located at 1700 Brown Road and relocate operations to a new facility in the City of Pontiac.  The County’s imminent move initiated the City preparing for this zoning map change from R-1, One-Family Residential District to I-1, Light Industrial District.

Last month, the Planning Commission adopted an amendment to the City’s Master Land Use Plan that changed the land use classification of the 40.8 acre property from public to non-residential to facilitate the rezoning per State law.

1700 Brown Road is currently zoned residential. Shown as green color on the map above.

The proposed zoning change will set in motion a plan of action to place the tax exempt property on the assessing rolls, which will create new property tax revenue and jobs upon development.  Oakland County anticipates selling the property in the future to allow it to be redeveloped into one or more industrial building sites.

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, August 16th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.  A final decision on the application is anticipated to be made by the City Council on Monday, August 28th.