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2016-10-12 / News

St. Ignace Seeks Public Input for Waterfront

The city of St. Ignace has been selected as a case study community in developing a sustainable small harbor management strategy for Michigan’s coastal communities.

A research and design team will engage the St. Ignace community in an exercise to identify opportunities to secure the economic, social and environmental sustainability of public waterfront facilities and the nearby community.

Driven by input from local citizens and community leaders, the project will review a draft coastal community sustainability toolkit and create some updated vision options for the city of St. Ignace harbor and waterfront.

This will include learning from potential management strategies useful for small harbors elsewhere in Michigan and, more specifically, to assist the city of St. Ignace with identifying planning objectives that help ensure a more secure future.

The project is supported by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Office of the Great Lakes, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Lawrence Technological University, Edgewater Resources, Michigan Sea Grant, Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development and Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

Benefits to St. Ignace

As one of six case study communities, St. Ignace will benefit from in-depth visioning assessment—typically valued into the thousands of dollars—at no direct cost. The multi-disciplinary project team will host a key meeting to garner feedback, develop ideas and create a sustainable vision for the St. Ignace waterfront and nearby areas.

Share Your Vision

Developing a vision for a sustainable harbor requires input from a wide range of stakeholders, including landowners, waterfront users, planning officials, chamber of commerce members and local citizens.

The visioning meeting is scheduled from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Monday, October 24 at the St. Ignace Public Library, 110 West Spruce Street in St. Ignace. Discussions will include pedestrian access, harbor use and linking the waterfront to downtown and commercial areas.

A detailed agenda will be made available on the project Website as the event date draws near. To learn more visit: www.miseagrant.umich.edu/smallharborsustainability/get-involved/st-ignace/

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