The Hofma Vision
Community Engagement Event
June 14, 2017
The Township scheduled a Community Engagement Event for Wednesday, June 14th, regarding the formation of a preliminary design and use of two recently acquired properties that were added to Hofma Park and Preserve. The project is being referred to as “The Hofma Vision”.
This new parkland includes a 40-acre parcel located on Ferris Street (commonly referred to as the Wolfe property) and a 138-acre parcel on Sleeper Street (commonly referred to as the Witteveen farm). With the addition of these properties, Hofma Park and Preserve now encompasses about 585 acres.
Nederveld, Inc., a land use consultant, has been hired to gather public input regarding how these newly acquired park properties should be developed. The consultants will design a preliminary site plan and calculate cost estimates for the park improvements based upon input from the community.
The June 14th event will include four public meetings:
- 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. – Residents are invited to tour the Wolfe property with the Nederveld consultants to help formulate ideas for the parcel’s development.
- 11:15 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. – The public can meet at the Witteveen farm with the consultants and discuss ideas on developing this property while preserving the natural settings.
- 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. – The consultants will hold an initial design workshop with residents in the Township Board room.
- 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. – The consultants will hold a final design workshop with residents to formulate the preliminary concepts for the development of both properties.
All of the design work and community input will culminate with a joint public meeting on Thursday, July 6th – starting at 6:00 p.m. – with the Township Board, Planning Commission, and Parks & Recreation Committee. The purpose of this public meeting is for Nederveld, Inc. to present “The Hofma Vision”, which will include site designs and construction cost estimates.
Ultimately, these designs and cost estimates will guide the future development of Hofma Park and Preserve and can also be used to seek grant monies to offset the costs associated with the development of these properties.
If you have an interest in contributing your thoughts on the “The Hofma Vision” prior to the June 14th meeting, you can either email your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org or post your design ideas on the Township’s Facebook page.