Requests for Proposals

RFP listings on this site are posted for three months unless the posted deadline is reached. Web site postings cost $75. To submit an RFP ad, email the description to [email protected] and place "RFP ad" in the subject field.

Posting requirements:  Ads shall be submitted in word, and contain no more than 250 words.  We are happy to add links and/ or one pdf attachment.

If you are interested in tips on writing an RFP, you are invited to view this 90 minute presentation developed in 2022 by Michigan's Planners in Private Practice. 

Master Plan and Zoning Ordinance Update

Northfield Township

Northfield Township is now accepting proposals for our Master Plan and Zoning Ordinance Update. Proposal Deadline 2/16/23 at 4:30pm. For more information, please visit our website.

Posted January 11, 2024


Master Plan Update

Pennfield Charter Township

Pennfield Charter Township is requesting proposals from qualified consultants to assist the community in creating a new Master Plan.

The current Pennfield Charter Township Master Plan was adopted in May 1999. Five-year reviews of the Master Plan were approved in 2005 and 2013.  In addition, Pennfield Charter Township adopted a new Zoning Ordinance, effective October 2023, and has a current Parks and Recreation Master Plan approved by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. These documents can be found on the township website at

Click here for the complete RFP.

Proposals will be accepted until Thursday, February 22, 2024, at 4:00 p.m. Any questions may be directed to Brittany Stein, Zoning Administrator, at [email protected].

Posted January 11, 2024

Comprehensive Plan Update

City of Ironwood

The City of Ironwood is requesting proposals from a qualified planning consultant to assist the City in a comprehensive plan update.

The City adopted its last Comprehensive Plan in 2014 and since then has seen significant changes. There has been significant developments in our downtown and highway commercial. The City has invested in infrastructure and outdoor recreation opportunities to attract and retain talent. We are ready for the next big step and are hopeful a new comp plan will help us make it.

The Downtown Development Authority recently finished a DDA Plan and TIF Plan and the City is about to adopt a new 5 year Recreation Plan. Both of these plans should be compatible with the new Comprehensive Plan.

The City will be undertaking a strategic housing plan concurrently with this project and will be sending out an RFP for that project in the next month or so.

Please Click here for the complete RFP.

Any questions or concerns should be directed to Tom Bergman, Community Development Director, 906-932-5050 x126 or [email protected]

Posted December 21, 2023

Master Plan, Recreation Plan, Zoning Ordinance Review

City of Hudsonville

The City of Hudsonville is requesting proposals from qualified professional urban planning consultants to assist the community in creating a Master Plan, Recreation Plan, and to review and amend the Zoning Ordinance.

The city is working with the MEDC Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) via the Technical Assistance Match Funding Program. The total budget is up to $90,000.

The city last adopted a complete Master Plan in 2015, with map revisions/updates in 2019. The Zoning Ordinance was completed in November of 2022, and the Recreation Plan was adopted January of 2020 to exist as the 2020-2024 plan.

The intent of the Master Plan is to provide the foundation for all the City of Hudsonville’s land use decisions. It will be a working document that provides daily guidance for the city’s staff and committees while also providing a vision for future planning and aid in setting the priorities for city growth and development.

The city would like a fresh set of eyes to look at the Zoning Ordinance for updates and to determine if any streamlining can take place to make it more user friendly for citizens and developers alike.

The city desires to get a fresh perspective on the Recreation Plan. The plan needs to contain the content necessary to make it compliant with Michigan Department of National Resources criteria.

Complete RFP here. Any questions concerning the proposal should be directed to Sarah Steffens 616-669-0200 ex 1477 or [email protected]

Proposals will be accepted until Friday, February 2, 2024 at 9:00 AM.

Posted December 19, 2023

Housing Technical Assistance

Housing North

Housing North seeks to contract with an individual to provide services to our communities through our Housing Ready Program in NW Michigan. We have three RFP’s for three different services areas- Grand Traverse CountyWexford/Missaukee County and Benzie/Leelanau Counties. The primary objective of these services is to unlock market-driven solutions that help promote year-round housing affordability and encourage the development of housing projects in our region. The proposal selected will be responsible for coordinating and collaborating with diverse partners on different projects. The contractor is expected to be a catalyst within the community, helping guide the information, tools, and resources for initiatives that effectively address affordable housing shortages. The chosen contractor will work in one of the three areas partners and organizations to help remove barriers to housing, help meet the goals of the regional housing plan related to the communities they work in. The Scope of work will involve developing a housing action plan, housing opportunity map and specific recommendations and activities that focus on strengthening connections with developers and builders, removing barriers to housing projects, and bridging the financial gap for affordable housing projects. We expect the services will include 25hours/week for one year to be provided to these communities.

Those interested should submit a written proposal to Yarrow Brown, Housing North Executive Director. It is expected that a contract for these services will be executed by 1/1/2024 or until filled. More details are on our website at

The budget for each of the areas is $50,000 to $75,000 for one year. Inquiries are welcome and should be addressed to Yarrow Brown @ [email protected].

Posted December 6, 2023

Economic Resiliency Response Plan & Master Plan Update

Port Sheldon Township

Port Sheldon Township is soliciting proposals from experienced planning consultants to provide an Economic Resiliency Response Plan, which includes an update or rewrite of the Master Land Use Plan.

The announcement of the early closure of Consumers Energy's J.H. Campbell Generating plant, scheduled for decommissioning in May of 2025, presents significant challenges for land use and strategic planning. The potential loss of tax revenue from the largest single payer, warrants an Economic Resiliency Response Plan, which will address future economic needs, and strategic planning for resiliency beyond the decommissioning of the coal plant.

Additionally, the Master Land Use Plan was written in 1995 and last updated in 2017, and in its current form is less than adequate to meet all the Township’s current and future needs, especially in light of the large amount of land which will be involved through the decommissioning.

Complete RFP here.

Any questions may be directed to Michael A. Sabatino, Township Supervisor [email protected].  Please cc Amanda Murray [email protected]

Posted November 30, 2023

Request for Embedded Planning Support

City of Grand Rapids

The City of Grand Rapids Planning Department is seeking proposals from qualified firms to provide an embedded planning consultant to supplement current city personnel and planning efforts. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in municipal-related planning work with not less than five years of relevant experience. The engagement will last from January 4, 2024, to July 2024, and require approximately 20 hours of work per week.

Scope of work include:

  • Counsel and advise property owners, realtors, and the public in various City zoning matters.
  • Review building permits, site plans, land division applications, zoning permits, special land use requests, zoning ordinance text or map amendment applications, Planned Unit Developments, Plat or Site Condominium application.
  • Assist with the preparation of the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals agenda, when requested by the City.
  • Prepare reports, recommendations, counsel and advise the City’s Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals, when requested by the City.
  • See the linked RFP for full scope.

Any questions may be directed to Kristin Turkelson, Planning Director, at [email protected].

RFPs will be accepted through December 11, 2023.

Posted November 30, 2023

Preparation of the 2024 Master Plan Update RFP

Village of Onekama

The existing Master Plan (combined effort between the Village and Township of Onekama) was adopted in 2010 and is the long-range planning document that has provided guidance to the Village. An effort was undertaken in 2018 to update the 2010 Plan but never completed. Applicable Information in both the 2010 and 2018 Master Plans can be repurposed for this update.

The Village anticipates the Master Plan Update will take ten (10) to twelve (12) months to complete inclusive of plan adoption, and is anticipated to begin in April 2024. The budget for this project is $35,000.

If your firm is looking for a small town, award-worthy project, the Village of Onekama Master Plan update has many of the necessary elements.

Complete RFP here.

Response to questions about RFP here. 

Posted November 28, 2023


RFP/24/061 FFY2024-2025 Action Plan

City of Lansing

The City of Lansing will accept proposals at The City of Lansing, Purchasing Office, 124 W. Michigan Ave. 3rd Floor, Lansing, Michigan 48933 or electronically submitted thru MITN Site (www.Mitn.Info) until 2:00 pm local time in effect on NOV. 21, 2023. Complete specifications and forms required to submit proposals are available by contacting Stephanie Robinson at (517) 483-4128, or [email protected] or go to The City of Lansing encourages proposals from All Vendors Including MBE/WBE Vendors and Lansing-Based Businesses.

Posted November 8, 2023

Kent County Area Mobility Study

Grand Valley Metropolitan Council (in partnership with Kent County)

Grand Valley Metropolitan Council (GVMC), the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Grand Rapids, MI metropolitan area, in partnership with Kent County, is currently accepting proposals from firms interested in being selected to develop acomprehensive regional mobility study and recommendations for the Kent County area.

Building off previous and ongoing transportation planning efforts, the objectives of this study are to evaluate current mobility services, identify unmet service needs, and recommend integrated solutions for Kent County and surrounding communities, including intensive community engagement.

Proposals will be accepted via email in PDF format to [email protected] until 5pm on December 1, 2023.

For the full RFP please visit

Posted October 27, 2023

Retail Market Analysis

City of Grand Blanc

The City of Grand Blanc is requesting proposals from qualified firms/consultants to complete a Retail Market Analysis. This analysis will be used to refine redevelopment plans for the physical area and identify current and future retail, office, residential, and dining/entertainment needs of the area. Full description of the RFP is attached. Proposals will be accepted until 2:00 PM on November 17, 2023 at the City of Grand Blanc Administration Offices – 203 East Grand Blanc Road, Grand Blanc MI 48439.

Questions regarding the RFP should be emailed to Wendy- Jean-Buhrer, City Manager, [email protected]

Posted October 16, 2023

Comprehensive Master Plan RFP

Village of Lake Odessa

The Village of Lake Odessa hereby requests proposals from qualified, multi-disciplinary professionals in the fields of urban planning, architecture, traffic and civil engineering, historic preservation, economic and community development, or related fields, to assist in the preparation of an update to our Comprehensive Master Plan.

Bids will be accepted until 11:00 AM on November 17, 2023 at the Village of Lake Odessa, 839 Fourth Avenue, Lake Odessa MI 48849, at which time the bids will be opened and read aloud in the Village Council Chambers. To assure that the respondents’ submittals arrive at the proper place, on time and to prevent opening by unauthorized individuals submissions must be clearly identified on the outside, as follows:Comprehensive Master Plan

All of the details here. 

Posted October 12, 2023