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Planning & Economic Development
The Planning & Economic Development (PED) Department's mission is to support and promote quality development. By preserving what Rochester Hills already has, enhancing those elements that can be improved, and diversifying options, Rochester Hills can continue to be among the nation's preeminent places to live, work, and raise a family for many years to come.

 Preserve Enhance Diversify
Established neighborhoods Role as a regional destination Housing choices
Irreplaceable natural environment Commitment to sustainability Transportation alternatives
Healthy business community Real estate options Employment opportunities
First-rate quality of life Pedestrian environment Businesses & services
Historical assets Access to cultural resources Tax base

PED staff provide relevant zoning and land development assistance to existing and perspective residents and businesses including guidance to applicants seeking approval for zoning ordinance amendments or rezonings, variances, site plans, planned unit developments (PUDs), wetland use permits, tree removal permits, historic preservation certificates of appropriateness, and brownfield redevelopment plans for Tax Increment Financing (TIF).

PED staff also assist businesses by establishing and implementing a business expansion and retention program, site and facility location assistance, providing guidance when seeking state and local incentives for establishing and/or locating a business, and introductions to resources that support companies' talent and business development needs.

PED staff provide support to the following committees:

Economic Development Strategy

Auburn Road Corridor Study

Auburn Rd Corridor Plan Graphic
(Click above image to see larger view)

In early 2017, the City adopted the Auburn Road corridor, which provides recommendations for the 6-mile long corridor in Rochester Hills, with a particular focus on the Brooklands neighborhood, between Culbertson Avenue and Dequindre Road. The City looks to work with local property owners and businesses to actively implement the recommendations of the plan. View the plan, and view the executive summary.


Sara Roediger
Planning & Economic Development Director
Ph: 248.841.2573

Kristen Kapelanski

Planning Manager
Ph: 248.841.2572

Pam Valentik
Economic Development Manager
Ph: 248.841.2577


Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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