2010-05-22 / News

Plan Progress So Far: Three Chapters Reviewed, Few Changes

Minor changes are needed in three chapters of the Master Plan, one appendix, and accompanying maps, say the six committee members who began the review process Thursday, May 6.

Under review is Chapter 1 on the plan's introduction, Chapter 3 on the natural resources of the Island, and Chapter 4 on existing land use. Appendix C on historic, geologic, and scenic sites was also checked by the committee. Maps examined included topography, existing land use, and historic and scenic sites.

Language changes requested by the committee included noting that the marina is state operated and that northern white cedar can be found on the Island in addition to other trees like beech, maple, aspen, birch, white pine, and red pine.

Chapter 2 on the demographic and economic profile of the Island was not included in the packet, but is expected for future review.

Plan consultant Fran Brink with Wade Trim of Gaylord drafted the documents and participated in the meeting by telephone.

Attending the meeting were committee members Mike Hart, Dan Wightman, Trish Martin, Mary Dufina, Lorna Straus, and Armand “Smi” Horn. Also attending were city staff members Dennis Dombroski and Kelly Bean.

For the first time since the process of updating Mackinac Island's master plan began in 2005, the committee has begun the final steps to formalize the document. The Master Plan was last revised August 4, 1999. Once finalized, the plan will assist the city with its zoning ordinances.

The Master Plan is scheduled to be completed by December. No future meeting date was set.

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