Planning & Studies

Visualize, Plan, Partner, Implement!




Design Plans For the Future


The Downtown Clawson Master Plan, adopted  in 2015, provides a framework for development and redevelopment that emphasizes he uniqueness of the downtown.


  • Preparing the Downtown Master Plan With the asistance of Oakland County Planning public participation was obtained through public meetings, online surveys and the Awareness Walk.. The resuilts were compiled in the Downtown Clawson Viisioning Report which helped to form the Downtown Master Plan.
  • Following the Downtown Master Plan: Ordinances relating to the downtown were reviewed and revisions were adopted in 2017  to bring the ordiances in line with the new master plan. Next in line will be the process to adopt the Future Land Use Map.

Guidance for future development for all property beyond the downtown area is outlined in the City of Clawson Master Plan.  This plan, adopted in 2009, is currently under review and adoption of a updated plan is expected by mid-2018.



Plans for Improved Parking


The 2022 Downtown Clawson Parking Study which reviewed parking availability and usage showed adequate parking for the current business needs with space available both on-street and in municipal lots at high use times. New wayfinding signage has been installed in the four municipal lots to alert customers to the other parking options and help with the perception of parking shortage when a lot is full.


As the Downtown flourishes we do recognize the need to create additional parking and to create space that is visually appealing and inviting to our residents and visitors. To visualize that goal we have created a Municipal Parking Concept Plan which increases the parking while adding greenspace and decorative walkways.



Analyzing the Downtown Market


The Downtown Market Analysis Report details the demographics and customer base in the area, summarizes the existing business mix, identifies business gaps, and suggests businesses that will be sustainable in our downtown.



Downtown Pedestrian & Bicycle Plan


With the assistance of Main Street and The Greenway Collaborative a plan was developed to improve the safety and connectivity of Downtown Clawson creating a more inviting downtown for walking and cycling.
This plan specifically focuses on improving pedestrian access across 14 Mile Road and Main Street, integrating bicycle facilities into the downtown area and improvements to the streetscape that will further enhance the pedestrian environment and create a strong sense of place.


Completed 2015: the installation of three pedestrian islands on 14 Mile Road. The island locations are: 14 Mile & Washington, 14 Mile between Church & Renshaw, and 14 Mile between Florence & Pare.
Completed 2016; First phase, streetscape landscaping & pedestrian island landscaping
Completed Spring 2017; Final phase of streetscape landscaping




Downtown Clawson…we’re planning for the future