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Regional Planning in Michigan

The Region 2 Planning Commission (R2PC) is one of fourteen planning and development regions in the state formed under Michigan’s Public Act 281 of 1945, Regional Planning, which recognizes that planning services can most economically be provided among local units of government on a cooperative and voluntary basis.  Each region provides a different range of services because of this mandate although there are some common services that many of the regions provide.  In response to those differences and commonalities, the Michigan Association of Regions (MAR) was created as a forum for regions to receive needed information on common programs, to learn from each other, and to promote the benefits of regionalism in Michigan.  Please visit the MAR website to learn more about the regions in Michigan.

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2023 R2PC Membership

Region-wide, about two-thirds (64%) of the 91 eligible local governments, including two of the three counties, are active R2PC members in 2023.  Approximately 71% of the 35 units of government located (completely or partially) in Lenawee County are members. Only eight (29%) of the 28 units of government in Hillsdale County are members.  However, all but two (93%) of the 28 units of government located (completely or partially) in Jackson County are members.

Physical Setting and Location

The region is located  in the south-central portion of the Lower Peninsula, just north of where Indiana, Michigan and Ohio meet. The region comprises 2,092 square miles of land, including areas of rich farmland and forests, lakes and rivers, and 36 distinct incorporated (e.g., cities and villages) and unincorporated (e.g., census designated places) settlements with a variety of neighborhoods and other distinct areas.  The region also contains the Irish Hills Area and the flatlands of eastern Lenawee County.

The region contained 305,535 residents in the year 2020.  Jackson County has the greatest population (160,366), followed by Lenawee County (99,423) and Hillsdale County (45,746). In the year 2018, population estimates were taken of urban areas in the region. These areas include Greater Jackson (88,059), the Adrian-Tecumseh-Clinton Corridor (43,974), and the Hillsdale-Jonesville Corridor (11,722).

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Region 2 Planning Commission?

The R2PC is comprised of interested local units of governments (including counties) in the counties of Hillsdale, Jackson, and Lenawee who get together to discuss issues of regional interest and to avail themselves of the professional expertise of its staff on land use and other related issues.

Where are the Region 2 Planning Commission offices located?

9th Floor of the Jackson County Tower Building
Downtown Jackson
120 W. Michigan Avenue
Jackson, MI 49201

Are there other "Region 2"s?

Yes.  The State of Michigan designates the counties of Hillsdale, Jackson, and Lenawee as Region 2.  Different organizations also operate in the three-county area and their clients may also refer to them as “Region 2”.  For example the Community Action Agency, which aids the disadvantaged, is often confused with the R2PC.

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