Council to consider Lakes to Land partnership

Manistee may be the newest community to participate in the Lakes to Land Regional Initiative.

MANISTEE — During tonight’s 7 p.m. city council meeting, council may elect to partner the City of Manistee with several local lakefront communities in the Lakes to Land Regional Intitiative.

“Its about lakefront communities all getting together to try to come to some agreement on what the issues for waterfront communities are, what are good ways to plan for the future, and hopefully even sections of planning that we can replicate,” said City of Manistee community development director Jon Rose.

So far, communities such as Frankfort, Onekama, Bear Lake, and Elberta are participating in the program, which “seeks to bring voices from throughout the region into an articulation of a vision for the region’s future.”

An agreement with the initiative would be non-binding, but will assist the City of Manistee develop its updated master plan and specifically help gather public input for the plan.

“We’ve been trying to redo our master plan for probably five years,” Rose said. “We fell short on time and resources to do it. By getting them to help up with the public input parts of it, we intend to get it done this year.”

Manistee would be the 15th community to join the initiative which will serve to “identify and quantify assets, resources, facilities, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats for each municipality and the region formed by the participating municipalities.”

“I don’t think anybody is that far along, I don’t think there has been a final product yet,” Rose said. “It’s still in the process, otherwise they wouldn’t have let us sign up.”

More information about the Lakes to Land Regional Initiative is available online at



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