Graham Sustainability Institute

Implementing Adaptation: Land Use Regulations & Infrastructure Policies to Implement Great Lakes Shoreland Area Management Plans

Grand Haven, Michigan

Project Team

Richard K. Norton (PI), Zachary Rable – University of Michigan
Guy A. Meadows – Michigan Technological University
Harry Burkholder, Katie Sieb – LIAA

Project Summary

The Great Lakes Water Levels Integrated Assessment aimed to help decision makers address the challenges and opportunities posed by Great lakes water level variability.
This research leveraged previous work by the researchers, conducted in collaboration with the non-profit planning firm LIAA, developing technical methods and planning techniques to improve efforts by Great Lakes coastal localities in Michigan to analyze and incorporate information regarding Great Lakes shoreline dynamics into their local master plans and shoreland area management plans. These kinds of plans are typically implemented through the adoption of local land use regulations, such as zoning codes, and infrastructure policies, such urban service boundaries for the provision of water and sewer. Both of those implementation mechanisms typically involve substantial additional analysis and investment beyond the adoption of the master plan.
Through the Integrated Assessment, the team continued collaborting with two Michigan municipalities (the City of Grand Haven and Grand Haven Charter Township) to assess the issues and needs related to the development and adoption of regulations and policies that are needed to implement their local plans.


"Grand Haven Township Master Plan approval draws closer" (Grand Haven Tribune, 4/7/2016) notes the IA work's role in assisting with regulation development
Resilient Great Lake Coast (Web resources) provides resources to support local planning in coastal communities
This proejct received a $50,000 Integrated Assessment Grant in 2015.