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Resilient St. Joseph open house to provide first look at city’s new master plan

by Claire Karner
Monday, October 19, 2015

The draft master plan for the City of St. Joseph will be unveiled at a public open house on Wednesday, October 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in St. Joseph City Hall, 700 Broad Street.

The draft Resilient St. Joseph plan represents the culmination of numerous public meetings, a public input survey, and many volunteer hours from city planning commissioners. The open house will feature draft maps; goals, objectives and actions; implementation strategies; and a slideshow documenting Resilient St. Joseph public meetings and the public process that has gone into the plan’s creation. Open house attendees will also have the opportunity to comment on the draft document before it is formally released for public review. Light refreshments will be provided.

A little like a “blueprint,” a master plan is the public’s guide for the development of a community and the management of its resources. Local planning processes lay the groundwork for transportation improvements, economic development programs, and neighborhood improvement efforts. By planning with resilience in mind, communities can reduce their vulnerabilities to both wild swings in the economy and extreme weather events.

About Resilient St. Joseph

Resilient St. Joseph is a groundbreaking master planning process that aims to improve the greater community’s capacity to absorb future shocks and stresses. The city is addressing a wide range of shared concerns such as natural resource preservation, efforts to build the local economy, and ways to manage the impacts of climate variability.

The Resilient St. Joseph project is being facilitated through the Traverse City-based Land Information Access Association (LIAA), which is also managing the project. A nonprofit community services and planning organization, LIAA has partnered for this project with the Kresge Foundation, the Michigan Municipal League, the Michigan Townships Association, the Michigan Association of Planning, and urban planning professionals at the University of Michigan.

Contacts

John Hodgson, City Manager
City of St. Joseph
jhodgson@sjcity.com
(269) 983-5541

Claire Karner, Community Planner
LIAA
ckarner@liaa.org
(231) 929-3696

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