For Immediate Release:  7/12/18

Contact:  Howard Fink, Manager, Park Township and/or Ed deVries, Community Development Director, Park Township

The Planning Commission recommended and the Board of Trustees recently passed a comprehensive Master Plan for Park Township.  Years in the making, this document is the culmination of research and effort by many individuals and groups.   Within the plan, there are six specific neighborhoods, identified as Neighborhood Heritage Preservation (NHP) areas designated for additional planning and analysis. Macatawa Park was the first to go through this planning process.  The Township is ready to begin a similar process for the Historic Ottawa Beach Cottages area.

We want to hear from the Historic Ottawa Beach Residents before we craft any language and / or zoning ordinances to continue protecting this historic gem.  The highly participatory process will include meetings with key stakeholders and residents, a community visioning / design charrette, and possibly focus groups created to vet any planning concepts or ideas prior to them being reviewed by the Planning Commission.

Additional information and details will be forthcoming on the planning process regarding the time, location and dates of community meetings.  For those who are unable to attend specific community meetings for their area, we will be developing additional mechanisms and opportunities to provide input.

The Master Planning process has and continues to be a long journey.  The Board of Trustees and Planning Commission are committed to creating a plan for each neighborhood that protects each of the NHP designated areas in consideration of their unique character and historic nature.  We are all hopeful this process will lead to a collaborative and successful vision and practical outcome for every community.