Friday, March 09, 2012

Portage Library to host Public Forum for Houghton County Master Plan

HOUGHTON -- The Houghton County Planning Commission will hold a public meeting to discuss the draft of the five-year update to the county’s Master Plan at 7 p.m. Monday, March 12, in the Portage Lake District Library.

The plan is a compilation of current information about the county -- including how land is used, demographics, infrastructure, recreation, and some economic data. The plan identifies a number of trends and issues facing the county including changes in cities and villages, development patterns, waterfront development, land fragmentation, recreational access to trails, and historic preservation. Land use is depicted on maps for each township.

A copy of the Master Plan is available for review at the library and online at www.houghtoncounty.net.* According to the Planning Commission, citizens are strongly encouraged to review the plan and provide their comments either by attending the March 12 meeting or by attending Planning Commission meetings at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, and Tuesday, April 17, at the Houghton County Courthouse. Written comments may also be mailed to the Houghton County Planning Commission, c/o Houghton County Controller, Houghton County Courthouse, 401 E. Montezuma Ave., Houghton, MI 49931, or emailed to Planning Commissioner Bill Fink . The deadline for comments is April 18, 2012.

The Houghton County Planning Commission will be holding a Public Hearing on the 2012 Houghton County Master Plan at 4 p. m. on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, in the Commissioners Room on the 5th Floor of the Houghton County Courthouse. After the hearing, the Houghton County Planning Commission will adopt the final version of the 2012 Houghton County Master Plan.

* Click here to view and download the 2012 Houghton County Master Plan (incorporating the updated Township Land Use Maps). The Houghton County Land Use Map at the website is from 2006; it will be updated in the near future. Printed copies of the 2012 Master Plan are available for review in the Controller’s Office at the Houghton County Courthouse and in the Portage Lake District Library in Houghton.

For more information you may call the library at 482-4570 or visit www.pldl.org.

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