It is wildly exciting here today. After a year and a half of work, the first batch of seven Lakes to Land Collaborative Master Plans have all been released by their communities’ decision-making bodies for public and agency review: Arcadia Township, Blaine Township, Crystal Lake Township, Gilmore Township, the Village of Honor, Joyfield Township, and Pleasanton Township. Under Michigan’s planning enabling act, a draft master plan must be made available to the public, neighboring jurisdictions, county and regional planning agencies, select state departments, and transportation and utility providers for a period of 63 days before it can be adopted. SO, this happy event kicks off the adoption process for the largest planning collaborative in Michigan history!
Packets will be mailed to the required agencies on Tuesday, November 26. However, word has already arrived that it will be difficult for some agencies to complete the review within the 63-day timeframe (particularly those which are responsible for reading all seven plans in their entirety), especially with the holidays intervening. So we intend to give them a little lead time by stating in the cover letter that the 63-day agency review process will officially begin on December 23 and run until February 23.
Comments from the public are warmly welcomed from now until February 23. All seven plans are available on this site, accessible either from the link on the top right side of this page or from the community’s individual page. One full-color hard copy has also been mailed to each community. You are welcome to comment directly on the master plan page (all comments are moderated, so there may be a delay before it appears), to send comments via the “Contact Us” page (please specify your community!), or to use your community’s regular venues for public participation. Let’s talk about it!