“We have no idea, once this highway goes in, what this township will look like in the future,” Township Treasurer Bonnie Hayward said.
With that in mind, Township Supervisor Tracy Mulligan said now is the time to begin to map out the township's future. It's a future, she said, that could have different possibilities.
"We all love our rural community feel in Robinson Township," Mulligan said. "With a bypass going through, it could change it.”
Mulligan said what the community will look like in the coming years is the kind of conversation that needs to take place between decision makers in order to make sure the best choices are made. To help make these choices, the township has begun to look at updating its master development plan, which outlines uses and development in the township.
"It takes months to update if you are making changes," Mulligan said. "This is just the beginning steps."
Officials have already begun this process, as Mulligan noted that the township's Planning Commission has started to look at the document. It would then go through the process of having the public and Township Board also look at it before it gains approval.
Township officials have also mulled over the idea of hiring a professional planner to help with the update to the master plan.
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