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City, township continue work on joint plan

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 3:02 PM

Members of the Land Information Access Association met with the city and township planning commissions on Wednesday to discuss the latest on the project.

“The next phase of this whole project is the public’s input,” said Harry Burkholder, a planner for the association.

The Coastal Zone Management Program and Kresge Foundation provided funds earlier this year to support communitywide master planning efforts that result in greater resilience.

The Land Information Access Association is under contract with the city and township due to its attractiveness as a coastal community. The aim is to prepare for possible changes in an uncertain economic and natural world.

Burkholder said the community summit — slated to take place at the beginning of October at the Grand Haven Community Center — would allow people to join in on community action teams, leaving their mark on the planning process. These teams would look at the issues of access and transportation, human and social agriculture, and food; parks and natural areas; economy and energy; and neighborhoods and infrastructure.

“Getting the word out is key, because it is way better when you have a lot of people there for the group discussions,” Burkholder said. “The hardest part is getting the meetings scheduled.”

Following the summit, Burkholder said there would be three community action team meetings to discuss the various topics. The teams would help identify goals and priorities to put in a new master plan.

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