Detroit Future City Strategic Framework

The DFC Strategic Framework, a shared vision for Detroit’s future, is the result of a massive, citywide public-engagement effort. It recommends a series of ideas, strategies and approaches on how to best use the city’s abundance of land, create job growth and economic prosperity, ensure vibrant neighborhoods, build an infrastructure that serves citizens at a reasonable cost, and maintain the high level of community engagement integral to the long-term revitalization of Detroit.

The Planning Elements

An Integrated Approach to Transforming the City and its Neighborhoods

Economic Growth

The Economic Growth element proposes strategies to grow Detroit’s economy for all Detroiters by supporting economic sectors in Detroit that have already shown success in job creation including digital and creative jobs, industrial employment and entrepreneurship, and attracts new residents and businesses.

Land Use

The Land Use element offers strategies that take into account current realities and future needs of Detroit’s land. The strategies follow the zones in the Strategic Framework that offer guidance on best uses of land with consideration of vacancy rates and land use according to three characteristics: neighborhood, industrial and landscape.

City Systems

The City Systems element addresses reforms to the service delivery systems throughout the city including water, waste, energy, and lighting and transportation.


The Neighborhood element provides strategies to create a diverse range of neighborhood styles and choices that will appeal to a wide variety of people, while also strengthening all neighborhoods across the city. Quality-of-life issues are addressed with a set of citywide strategies that affect all Detroiters.

Land and Building Assets

The Land and Building Assets element calls for all of the different public agencies that hold land to align their missions around a single, shared vision. This collaborative effort will be built around the aspirations of the city outlined in its land use and environmental plans, economic growth strategies and neighborhood revitalization efforts providing a collective approach to land and buildings in the city whether publicly or privately owned.

Civic Capacity

The foundation of all of the planning elements and the single most important factor in determining successful implementation of the Strategic Framework is Civic Capacity. Detroit Future City’s is committed to participatory implementation, in which the organization and its partners engage in multiple layers simultaneously from individuals and neighborhoods, to sector-based activity to systemic reforms.