MainStreet Planning Company was founded in March of 1993 with the philosophy of providing quality planning services at a competitive price to townships and smaller cities and villages.  We serve as Planner of Record for many communities.  Our goal is to anticipate their needs, and to protect their interests.  We strive to provide the attentive, cost conscious, and efficient planning services necessary to maintaining long-term relationships. 

MainStreet Planning Company maintains the philosophy that each municipality we serve has a distinct identity and character which defines its sense of community.  Our planning efforts, therefore, are directed to maintaining and improving that sense of community so necessary to quality of life.  We introduce innovative planning ideas when the customer desires a new or fresh approach that will solve a problem or meet a need.

Meet The Brains of the Operation

Timothy J.  Johnson, PCP

Tim Johnson has been a professional planner since 1974.  He has practiced both in the private and public sector, and his experience ranges from the nuts and bolts of daily planning and zoning issues to creative solutions for corridors, multi-jurisdictional plans, and sub-area plans.  He has been an instructor for Michigan Association of Planning, has provided expert witness testimony, and in 2001 received the Grand Valley Metro Council Blueprint Award for developing a Transfer of Developments Rights program for Alpine Township.  Tim’s interests include Tiger baseball and Michigan State basketball.


Community Planning:  Directed preparation of township, city and village Master Plans throughout Michigan;  preparation of corridor plans, open space preservation plans and recreation plans;  provide on-going planning and zoning consultation services for a number of Michigan communities;  capital improvement plans;  site development review and training sessions for planning commissions and board of zoning appeals.

Village Center/New Urbanism:  Prepared Village Planned Unit Development zoning ordinance to regulate the development of a 37 acre mixed use project.  The ordinance contained standards for neo-traditional neighborhoods and standards to require the commercial portion of the project to function as a traditional downtown with village squares.  Developed design manual to accompany ordinance.

Public Sector 
Ordinance and Regulations:  Preparation of zoning and subdivision and site condominium ordinances, developed ordinances to meet specific community needs such as wind energy systems, planned unit development, cluster housing, sign regulation; land divisions, flood plain, private roads, soil removal and fill, bed and breakfasts, and regulation of vendors;  Zoning Administrator Delta Township (Eaton County) and City of Kentwood.

Farmland/Open Space Preservation:  Awarded 1990 MAP Honor Award for assisting Alpine Township, Kent County in preparing a master plan and zoning ordinance to preserve Township’s unique farmland; co-authored Open Space Preservation Plan for Cannon Township, Kent County.

Awarded Grand Valley Metro Council 2001 Blue Print Award for work with Alpine Township to develop a Transfer Development Rights program.

Training Sessions/Presentations:  Michigan Association of Planning  Seminars on Basic Planning Commissioner Training, Site Plan Review and Zoning Board of Appeals;  presenter at annual MAP Conference on non-conforming uses, farmland preservation access control, capital improvements planning, subdivision regulations, special land uses and planned unit developments;  conduct training sessions for planning commissions as part of Master Plan preparation.

Expert Testimony:  Retained as expert witness in a number of zoning and land use lawsuits.

Corridor Planning:  2002 10 Mile Road Corridor Plan for Plainfield Township, Algoma Township and City of Rockford in Kent County which included public open house, future land use plan & access management overlay zone regulations. 2002 completed MDOT Access  Management Workshop. 1998 East Beltline Corridor Plan for City of Grand Rapids, Plainfield Township & Grand Rapids Township.

1995 Lowell Township, Kent County; Sub-area Plan for M-21 including land use plan and driveway & service road illustrations and requirements

Meijer:  Represented Meijer in obtaining approval for new stores in Hampton Township (Bay City) and City of Charlotte.  Presented project to Planning Commissioners and citizen groups; assisted Meijer engineers in developing site plan; obtained variances for signs and prepared development agreement for future road construction and negotiated option agreements with land owner.

Obtained sign variances and permit for outdoor display for existing store in Portage.

DeVries Builders:  Provided written rationale for rezoning and subdivision approval in Plainfield Township.

Mid-Michigan Homes:  Represented developer for a mobile home park in City of Kentwood; researched impacts of project on local schools, roads and City services; designed alternative layout for single family subdivision for comparison.

Clark Retirement Community:  Project manager for team of design, professionals (architect, engineer, landscape architect and wetland expert) seeking approval of retirement housing in City of Kentwood; presented project to Planning Commission and neighborhood groups; coordinated design of project and submission materials.

Masters in City Planning, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1977
B.S. Business Administration, Aquinas College, 1974

Professional Community Planner State of Michigan (PCP)
Michigan Association of Planning

SPECIFIC EXPERIENCE:                     
President, MainStreet Planning Company, 1993 - present
WW Engineering & Science, Grand Rapids, MI  1988 - 1993
City of Kentwood, Planning Director  1985 - 1988
Delta Charter Township, Lansing MI, Senior Planner  1979-1985
City of Grand Rapids, Neighborhood Organizer  1977-1978
West Michigan Regional Planning Commission  1974 - 1975

Janis N. Johnson, AICP


Jan has been a professional planner since 1975.  She has practiced in both the private and public sector, and her experience includes not only a wide range of basic planning and zoning issues, but also an emphasis in open space preservation and low impact (green) development.  She is currently an instructor of Planning and Zoning in the Department of Geography at Grand Valley State University, and is planner of record for several communities.  Jan’s interests include constitutional law and jamocan almond fudge ice cream.   

Community Planning:  Master Land Use Plans throughout Michigan;  facilitator for public workshops and information sessions;  design for creating sense of community;  population projections;  build-out analysis;  mapping;  recommendations for changes to zoning ordinance.

Village Center/New Urbanism:  Prepared Village Planned Unit Development zoning ordinance to regulate the development of a 37 acre mixed use project.  The ordinance contained standards for neo-traditional neighborhoods and standards to require the commercial portion of the project to function as a traditional downtown with village squares.  Developed design manual to     accompany ordinance.

Recreation Plans:  Preparation of county, township, and city recreation plans; compliance with Department of Natural Resource requirements; complete inventory and analysis of recreational facilities; grant writing.

Farmland and Open Space Preservation:  Natural/cultural features ranking system;  public workshops and surveys;  design methods for site planning;  planning commission workshops for best design practices;  analysis of alternative methods for preservation;  zoning ordinance amendments to reflect preservation of farmland and open space.

Ordinances and Regulations:  Minor Land Divisions;  Open Space Cluster Housing;  Private Roads;  Lighting Ordinances;  Subdivision Design Standards;  Farmland Preservation;  Commercial Planned Unit Developments;  Village Districts;  Commercial Corridor Standards;  Tree Preservation.

Strategic Plans:  Action-oriented process for accomplishing community goals; public workshops and strategy sessions; economic and community development.

Corridor Plans:  Land use analysis along major and minor commercial corridors; access management; landscaping; signs.

Regional Land Use Planning, Environmental Emphasis, B.S. With Honors, Grand Valley State University, 1975
Education and Communication Arts, Aquinas College, 1980

American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)
American Planning Association
Michigan Association of Planning

Michigan Planner Magazine

MainStreet Planning Company: 1993 – present
WW Engineering and Science, Grand Rapids MI:  1988-1992
Lansing Community College: 1980-1985
Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG): South Bend, IN 1975-1976

Instructor: Grand Valley State University, Geography Department, 2006-2007; 2010-2011.