The Michigan Association of Planning invited the Township’s Community Development Director – Stacey Fedewa – to be a panelist at their annual Spring Institute. About 130 participants attended the event including community planners, elected officials, environmental professionals, water resource experts, regional planners, drain commissioners, and public works professionals.
The 2018 conference was dedicated to resiliency, and as noted earlier, the Township and City adopted resilient Master Plans in 2016 through a joint planning process.
Why is resiliency important? Flooding, heavy storms and other weather-related catastrophes are expected to increase in the coming years. The fiscal impact on infrastructure and the built environment is estimated to be in the billions. However, the impacts can be mitigated through intentional local government action by planning thoughtfully, securing the right data, educating the community, and implementing a common-sense resilience policy as part of community planning and zoning.
Because this joint Master Plan project focused on resiliency, Grand Haven Charter Township and Grand Haven City were invited to jointly apply for the
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award from the Michigan Association of Planning. This is considered a “premier award” for planners.