Public input sought for city zoning updates

Alex Doty • Sep 28, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Grand Haven officials want to hear from you as they work on a review and update of sections of the city’s Zoning Ordinance.

A community open house is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, in the large conference room of the Grand Haven Memorial Airport, 16446 Comstock St.

City officials say the zoning review was prompted by the city’s adoption of a new Master Plan in 2016. Goals and objectives formulated as part of the Resilient Grand Haven planning effort suggested several possible updates to the city’s Sensitive Areas zoning overlay district, which covers wetlands, critical dunes, high-risk erosion areas and floodplains.

The effort will also examine shoreline protection standards and develop “best management practices” for property owners who live and own land in sensitive areas.

The project is supported by a grant from the Michigan Association of Planning.

“Zoning is always a balance between development and environmental protection, particularly in sensitive areas that are prone to erosion or flooding,” said Grand Haven Community Development Manager Jennifer Howland. “It’s important for citizens to understand these issues and to weigh in.”

Two additional public meetings will follow the open house. The first, on Wednesday, Oct. 11, will focus on issues on the city’s east side. The second, on Tuesday, Oct. 17, will focus on the west side. Both follow-up meetings will take place in the Grand Haven airport’s conference room from 5-7 p.m.

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