2022 Visioning and Update

Our 2022 Lake Charlevoix Shoreline Protection project aims to connect past efforts with a vision for the future.

Visioning and policy discussions are being held in communities around the lake and the public is welcome to participate.

July 5, 2022 - What does a protected and preserved Lake Charlevoix look like? Three nonprofit partners are working with the 10 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 are already scheduled with the planning commissions in the following Lake Charlevoix communities and the public is invited to attend. Click on the name of the jurisdiction to visit its website and find addresses, meeting rooms, etc.:

South Arm Township, Tuesday, July 12, 2022, 7 p.m.

Boyne City, Monday, July 18, 2022, 5:30 p.m.

Charlevoix Township, Wednesday, July 27, 2022, 7 p.m.

Eveline Township, Wednesday, August 3, 2022, 7 p.m.

City of Charlevoix, Monday, August 8, 2022, 6 p.m.

Evangeline Township, Tuesday, August 23, 2022, 5:30 p.m.

Bay Township, Tuesday, September 6, 2022, 7 p.m.

City of East Jordan, Thursday, September 8, 2022, 5:30 p.m.

Hayes Township, Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 7 p.m.

Marion Township, Tuesday, October 25, 2022, 7 p.m.

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.