Planning & Community Development

The City of Inkster has witnessed a boom in new residential and commercial development. In order to maintain and increase the City’s development momentum, our department is committed to providing courteous and responsive customer service to our old and new residents, business owners, developers, and internal city departments. Let us help you by proving assistance in one of our three areas:
  • Planning Department: Site Plan Review Process, Land Use and Zoning information, Sell of City-owned land. We also serve as the staff for the Planning Commission and the Board of Zoning and Housing Appeals.
  • Economic Development: Resource Center for businesses in the local area.
  • Community Development: Resource Center for Housing Rehabilitation, Homeownership Assistance, and the Property Improvement Program.
Community Development is not alone in the revitalization and the creation of Inkster’s neighborhoods, retail areas, and a viable downtown. Our partners include: the Inkster Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and the Tax Increment Finance Authority (TIFA).

To learn more about the City’s development, please call the Planning and Community Development Department at: 313-563-9760. Forms and Applications are also available in the Forms Section of our website.

ReInvent Inkster


Launched on March 28, 2013 at the State of the City Address, “Reinvent Inkster” is a results-oriented 12-18 month process to identify realistic Inkster-based solutions to improve the City’s opportunities for economic recovery. By gaining better insight into the community’s needs, we can obtain greater efficiencies in providing City services that add value to our citizens.

2016 Reinvent Inkster Strategic Plan


View the 2016 ReInvent Inkster Strategic Plan (PDF).

  1. Annapolis Avenue Project

    The City of Westland and City of Inkster are joining forces to undertake a pavement repair project along Annapolis Avenue between Henry Ruff Road and Middlebelt Road.

  2. Brownfield Redevelopment Agendas & Minutes

    Please view Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Agendas & Minutes.

  3. Consolidated Annual Performance Report (CAPER)

    The Consolidated Annual Performance Report (CAPER) is providing information on community development activities and the status of activities proposed in the 2012 Annual Action Plan.

  4. CDBG Final Statements

    View final statements for the Wayne County Community Development Block Grant Program.

  5. City-Owned Property For Sale

    View City-Owned Property available for sale.

  6. City Tree Removals (PDF)

    View a listing of city tree removals and trims necessary to provide safe and reliable electric service in Inkster.

  7. Code Enforcement Division

    Working under the direction of the Community Development Director, The Inkster Code Enforcement Division is charged with protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the community through enforcement of the Inkster City Ordinance. Working in conjunction with building and code officials, the ordinance officers enforce property maintenance codes as well as the Dangerous Buildings Ordinance and elements of the Michigan Building Codes.

  8. Code of Ordinances

    Please take the time to view the code of ordinances for Inkster.

  9. Downtown Development Authority

    View information regarding the Downtown Development Authority.

  10. Foreclosure Resources

    View resources applicable to instances of foreclosure within Wayne County.

  11. Henry Ruff Bridge Repair Project

    The City of Westland has entered into a contract with Nashville Construction Company to repair the Henry Ruff Bridge over the Lower River Rouge.

  12. Inkster Greenway

    Inkster Greenway Update: Phase I of the Inkster Greenway project is nearing completion. In the following pictures you can see the bridge which crosses the Lower Rouge River being set. It is expected that the remaining work on Phase I will be completed by the end of August and the new trail will be open to bicyclists, joggers, walkers and others looking for a place to spend some time enjoying the outdoors around Inkster.

  13. Homeowners' Assistance Programs

    Look at the the various assistance programs offered through the Homeowners' Association.

  14. Maps

    View some of the maps of Inkster.

  15. Master Plan (PDF)

    Please view the Inkster Master Plan (PDF).

  16. Meeting Calendar

    View the Community Development Boards and Commissions Meeting Coordination calendar.

  17. Michigan Avenue Transit Study

    The Michigan Avenue Study will evaluate the feasibility of transit connections between Detroit and Ann Arbor as well as Detroit Metro Airport.

  18. New Homeowner Information

    The City of Inkster wants to thank you for your interest and investment in our City. To help you to be successful in your efforts, the City wants to inform you that all properties in the City are required to have a Certificate of Occupancy prior to occupying the building and that all residential rental properties are required to have a Certificate of Compliance prior to leasing/renting the property.

  19. Planning Commission

    View information concerning the Planning Commission of Inkster.

  20. Site Assessment Grant

    The City of Inkster has received a site assessment grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) to assist the city in its redevelopment efforts.

  21. Soil Survey Work in Inkster

    The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an agency in the United States Department of Agriculture, in concert with 24 municipalities in Metropolitan Wayne County are in the process of updating the 1977 Soil Survey of Wayne County Area, Michigan.

  22. State Demo Grant Addresses

    Find a list of addresses with houses to be demolished in Inkster.

  23. TIFA

    Please view information for the TIFA Working Committee.

  24. Zoning Ordinance Update - Draft (PDF)

    View the updated draft of the Zoning Ordinance.