Special Reports

Community Development Ecosystem Assessment

At a time when the city is pursuing a full review of our economic development strategy, housing and residential strategies are priority areas of concern. This report assesses housing and community development in the city, related to the following topics: current market, housing, and community development ecosystem conditions; strengths and gaps in the housing and neighborhoods strategy; national best practices for creating vital cities; state of nonprofit capacity and identification of opportunities for expanded impact; and recommendations for strengthening the ecosystem and building a more vital community.
Released in May 2019, this report was prepared for the city by PFate and Associates LLC and the Affordable Housing Institute.

Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice

Regardless of the Community Development program, or the source of funds, the city must promote fair housing for all.  Fair Housing laws protect everyone from discrimination in the sale or rental of housing on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, age, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation/gender identity.  The City of Battle Creek has contracted with the Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan to conduct fair housing testing. For more information, visit the Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan website.

Get the Lead Out

A Plan of Action for Lead Poisoning Prevention & Remediation in Calhoun County, Michigan

Citizen Participation Plan

The Citizen Participation Plan describes how the City will engage citizens in the planning process for the Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plan and CAPER.

Public Engagement Reports

Public survey results from 10 public meetings and 50 consultations with community leaders during the Consolidated Plan process.

Housing Studies

Comprehensive Housing Studies evaluate Battle Creek’s housing market conditions and characteristics and make recommendations for future housing development.


Community Plans

   -  Battle Creek Vision Plan (Updated 2015)   


Annual Report

The 2016 Planning Department Annual Report (PDF): Outlines the activities of the department as well as the boards and commissions listed.
  1. NPC Indicator Maps
  2. NPC Snapshot Presentations