City wants community input for their master plan

NEGAUNEE — The city of Negaunee is currently engaging in creating a new Master Plan.

The Master Plan is being created to serve as a guide for the citizens to help the city adapt to changes in demographics and economic conditions. The last Master Plan in Negaunee was made in 1999 and no longer correlates with the needs of the community.

According to city officials, the Master Plan requires a large amount of input from members of the community in order for it to live to its fullest potential.

“The citizens of Negaunee are asked to give input to come out with a vision of where and what they want Negaunee to look like in 20 years,” said Negaunee City Manager Jeffrey Thornton,” then give input on how to get there.”

Negaunee residents will be receiving a survey with their next city utility bill to voice their opinions. That same survey can be found by clicking here.

The Master Plan serves as a ‘to do list’ for the city and is open to any concern in the city from ATV and snowmobile trails to developing strategies for economic growth.

“We look at recreation, we look at utilities, we look at streets, we look at the makeup of our community. Are we a bedroom community? Do we have industry, manufacturing here? We also look at zoning, parks and recreation, all sorts of things. It’s a comprehensive plan.”

In order to create a sufficient Master Plan that truly reflects the needs of the citizens and recognizes what changes need to be made is a lengthy process. It all starts with people filling out their survey forms.

About the Author

Caleb Scanlon
Caleb M. Scanlon is a reporter for ABC 10 / CW 5 and joined the news team in 2015. He grew up in Negaunee, where he attended Negaunee High School. Caleb completed his Bachelor's degree in Media Production and New Technologies from Northern Michigan University with a minor in Communication Studies. Caleb interned with ABC 10 / CW 5 in the fall of 2014. During his free time, Caleb enjoys spending time with his wife Samantha, his kids Fred and Lucy, and his cats Scotty, Remus, and Fitzgerald. Caleb plays a multitude of musical instruments and performs in a band called Concord Through Keys. When there isn't snow on the ground, Caleb can often be found at Al-Quaal playing disc golf.

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