Master Plan Public Forum Scheduled for September 5

Residents are encouraged to join local leaders on Thursday, September 5, 2019, from 6:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M., at North Central Michigan College Library Conference Room for a "resilient community conversation," the official kickoff of the public engagement portion of this community planning process.  Preservation of natural resources, efforts to build the local economy, and management of climate variability impacts are all necessary to continue our region’s high quality of life. These are some of the issues to be discussed at an upcoming public forum as part of the Petoskey master plan update process “Livable Petoskey.”

Speakers at the kickoff meeting will include Dr. Richard Norton from the University of Michigan; Derek Shiels, Director of Stewardship for the Little Traverse Conservancy; Roger Racine, an infectious disease epidemiologist with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services; Rebeca Otto, Director of Events and Community Engagement for Char-Em United Way; and community planners from the Land Information Access Association (LIAA), a nonprofit civic engagement organization focused on increasing community and economic resilience. Topics will include the impacts of climate change on Great lakes water levels and coastal hazards, tree canopy and area forests, and human health. In addition, participants will learn more about the most vulnerable populations in the city.

More information about the kickoff meeting and the Livable Petoskey project is available through the project website at Please contact Amy Tweeten, City Planner, for more information at or 231-347-2500 or Harry Burkholder, LIAA Executive Director, at or 231-929-3696.