It is nearly impossible to believe, but the Lakes to Land Regional Initiative Phase 1: Planning has officially concluded. All NINE plans have been adopted by their respective planning commissions and elected officials, all of the reports have been printed and mailed, and all of the official notices have been sent. And for that, we have just one thing to say:
We hope that every single person who has been involved with this project is as proud of your work as we are, whether that meant attending every Leadership Team meeting, or keeping up with this site, or offering the comments that honed and refined each plan to the best reflection of its citizens’ vision that could be crafted. A collaboration of this size has never been done in Michigan, and now it has been…with tremendous success. You did that. It is wildly appreciated.
This post is titled “Graduation” and not “Conclusion” on purpose. Work has already begun on Phase 2: Implementation, and there’s plenty of room for you there, too. Keep in touch with your local planning commission – that’s where the magic happens! Although this site will serve largely as a document repository and less as an active communication avenue for the time being, the “Contact Us” link will still land you in our inbox, and we would love to hear from you.
“The master plan is not the most valuable thing that has come from this. Building relationships has been the biggest value. The network is being built from the citizens up.”
– Lakes to Land Leadership Team Co-Chair
Click the flyer below to read it. Hope to see you there! … Continue reading
Michigan State University Extension is collaborating with the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District and the Michigan Land Use Institute to host a workshop on February 26, 2015 in Traverse City, MI that will provide a number of resources regarding … Continue reading
Blaine Township Planning Commission Chair Dave Long sends along this happy news update: “Just wanted you to know that The Herring Lakes Watershed was awarded a SAW Grant by MDEQ to update our Watershed Management Plan to be 319 compliant. This … Continue reading
MANISTEE, MICHIGAN – The absence of affordable housing is a significant quality of life and economic development priority for Manistee County. This is reflected in the recently adopted Strategic Plan for Manistee County by the County Board of Commissioners, the … Continue reading
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MANISTEE and BENZONIA, MICHIGAN — If you’re a farmer, food processor, restaurant or consumer of locally grown foods in northwest Michigan, the Lakes to Land Regional Initiative wants your input on a “Farm and Food System Assessment.” … Continue reading
National Geographic has written a thoughtful article on the challenges ahead in the future of farming, from dizzying entry costs to globalization. And to whom did they speak to bring us this tremendously important story about how we’re going to … Continue reading
You know what’s really, REALLY great? When things work out how we hoped and – dare we say – planned. Though the first task of this collaboration was centered on the writing of master plans, the overall goal was always … Continue reading
A day of local governance issues discussed by experts and officials. Subjects include regional prosperity zones, cottage food laws, grant writing and administration, and more. Cost: $20 before 10/14 or $35 after 10/14. More information: 231-882-0035 or 231-882-0558; ksparks [at] benzieco [dot] net or mcutler [at] benzieco [dot] net.
BEAR LAKE, MICHIGAN – Grants and loans for businesses available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development will be the centerplate for a workshop set for Tuesday, August 12, 2014 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Bear Lake Methodist … Continue reading
Press release from Manistee Alliance for Economic Success: JOYFIELD TOWNSHIP, MICHIGAN – A $35,000 grant from Rotary Charities of Traverse City to Joyfield Township in Benzie County will be used to wrap up Phase 1 of the Lakes to Land … Continue reading
From our friends in the City of Frankfort… The City of Frankfort invites area youth to be part of a new summer program entitled “Stories of Town and Harbor: The History of the Frankfort Community.” This project will give students … Continue reading
All of the Lakes to Land communities writing master plans have now set their public hearing dates – one of the very last steps in the process of adopting their master plans. The schedule is: Village of Bear Lake Date: … Continue reading
Somebody had to be first, and it’s Crystal Lake Township! This beautiful community with two majestic shorelines has become the first of the nine Lakes to Land communities writing master plans to complete the entire process. At its public hearing … Continue reading
Four of our communities are inching toward the finish line! Dates have been set for the final public hearing on the master plans in Crystal Lake, Gilmore, Joyfield, and Blaine Townships. This is the last opportunity for the public to … Continue reading
In an enormous, exciting, and marvelous milestone for our collaboration, the final two master plan drafts have been completed and approved for your review: the Village of Bear Lake and Bear Lake Township. Congratulations to the hardworking planning commissions! Under Michigan’s … Continue reading
At the City of Manistee’s visioning session late last year, participants developed an excellent list of priorities to help define and further the goals of its Master Plan Update currently underway. Now the City would like to hear from the … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
JUST as the master plans generated from the summer 2012 visioning sessions head out the door for public review, it’s time to start anew! The City of Manistee was the 16th and final community to join the Lakes to Land … Continue reading
The below press release was received from the Manistee Alliance for Success: ONEKAMA, MICHIGAN – People interested in Michigan’s future should plan to attend a discussion led by the Center for Michigan on October 29, 2013 at the Farr Center … Continue reading