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Historic District Study

Michigan Public Act 169 requires City Council to appoint a historic district study committee to undertake a survey and develop a historic district study committee report before the creation, modification, or elimination of a local historic district.

   2007 Northville Historic District Study Committee Report (489 K)

   1972 Northville Historic District Study Committee Report (9.4 MB)
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1972 Northville Historic District Study Committee Report:
 Letter of Transmittal; Mayor and City Council; Objectives and Legal Background; Purpose of Northville's Historic Area (375 K)
 Inventory of Buildings 1 (2.1 MB)
 Inventory of Buildings 2 (1.9 MB)
 Inventory of Buildings 3 (2.6 MB)
 Inventory of Buildings 4 (1.5 MB)
 Appendix A - C (1.0 MB)

In 1972 the City of Northville recognized that its unique and historic architectural character was worthy of preservation. In 1974, the Northville City Council passed the Historic District Ordinance. The purpose of the ordinance is to:

  1. Safeguard the heritage of the City of Northville by preserving a district, which reflects elements of its cultural, social, economic, political and architectural history.
  2. Stabilize and improve property values in the district.
  3. Foster civic beauty.
  4. Strengthen the local economy.
  5. Promote the use of historic districts for the education, pleasure and welfare of the citizens of the city.

The Northville Historic District Commission is charged with reviewing plans for construction, alteration, moving, exterior changes, exterior paint colors or the demolition of all buildings in the Historic District.

The City Council and the Northville Historic District Commission have determined that standards and guidelines would be useful and instrumental in the preservation of residential and commercial structures in the Historic District.

Historic District Commission MeetingCity Council has adopted the Historic District Design Standards for use and application within the Northville Historic District.



Event Calendar
11/22/14 2014 International Mosaic Exhibit & Auction” and “The Art of Light”, a Northville Camera Club exhibit
12/1/14 City Council Meeting
12/2/14 Planning Commission Meeting
12/3/14 2014 International Mosaic Exhibit & Auction” and “The Art of Light”, a Northville Camera Club exhibit
12/3/14 Housing Commission Meeting
News and Announcements

The Board of Review for the City of Northville will meet in a correctional session at 4 P.M. on Tuesday December 9, 2014 in the City Manager’s conference room in the Northville City Hall at 215 West Main Street, Northville, Michigan 48167. For further information please contact the City Assessor at 248-305-2704.

11/4/14 - Unofficial General Election Results - More Info

Planning Commission Vacancy - The City is looking for residents interested in filling a vacancy on the Planning Commission. Click here for an application. Completed applications should be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office, 215 W. Main Street, Northville, MI 48167.

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson launched an informational page where residents can learn firsthand about the proposed Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA). Go to and click on the Great Lakes Water Authority link.


As of 9/1/14 the City of Northville does not accept passport applications. Visit the U.S. Department of State’s website at for a list of passport acceptance facilities in the area.

Online Payments Now Accepted for Utility Bills and Taxes - More Info

Election Results - August 5, 2014 - More Info

Master Plan Update Process
The Northville Planning Commission is currently updating the Master Plan - More Info

7 Mile & Center Construction - More Info

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New Precinct 1 Voting Location
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