Visioning and policy discussions are being held in communities around the lake and the public is welcome to participate.
February 2023 - What does a protected and preserved Lake Charlevoix look like? Three nonprofit partners are working with the jurisdictions around Lake Charlevoix to find out.
The communities surrounding the lake have a long history of working together to actively protect water quality, including extensive collaboration around shoreline zoning standards in 2016. But ever-changing conditions such as the recent record-high water levels, accelerating development pressures and even turnover of participants in local governments and commissions can put communities in a reactionary state instead of on a proactive path toward desired goals.
The Lake Charlevoix Association, in collaboration with the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council and the Land Information Access Association (LIAA), are meeting with the local planning commissions around the lake to discuss challenges and opportunities related to water quality and shoreline protection. The sessions are intended to build toward a common future vision for the lake, listen to the challenges that each jurisdiction faces in managing its shoreline, and highlight available tools and strategies that can support each jurisdiction in realizing its vision for a protected and preserved Lake Charlevoix.
Meetings took place last fall with nine of the 10 planning commissions along Lake Charlevoix. Follow-up meetings with the following Lake Charlevoix communities are now scheduled and the public is invited to attend, either in-person at the respective governmental building or online via a Zoom link. Full meeting info can be accessed at each jurisdiction’s website by clicking on the name of the jurisdiction:
Bay Township, Tuesday, February 7, 2023, 7 p.m., 5045 Boyne City Rd, Boyne City, MI 49712
Boyne City, Monday, February 20, 2023, 5:30 p.m., 319 N Lake St, Boyne City, MI 49712
Hayes Township, Tuesday, February 21, 2023, 7 p.m., 9195 Major Douglas Sloan Rd, Charlevoix, MI 49720
Eveline Township, Wednesday, March 1, 2023, 7 p.m., 8525 Ferry Rd, East Jordan, MI 49727
City of Charlevoix, Monday, March 13, 2023, 6 p.m., 210 State St, Charlevoix, MI 49720
Charlevoix Township, Wednesday, March 15, 2023, 7 p.m., 12491 Waller Rd, Charlevoix, MI 49720
Evangeline Township, Tuesday, March 21, 2023, 5:30 p.m., 02746 Wildwood Harbor Rd, Boyne City, MI 49712
City of East Jordan, March 9th meeting postponed to a later date, to be determined, 201 Main St, East Jordan, MI 49727
Financial support for the project has been provided by the Charlevoix County Community Foundation, the Lake Charlevoix Association and Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council. Project information will be shared here on this website, www.lakecharlevoixprotection.org.