Building Resiliency in Baraga Township
LIAA is currently working with OHM Advisors on a Master Planning project for Baraga Township. Planners from LIAA are supplementing the overall land use planning process by producing a comprehensive summary of Baraga Township’s climate-related vulnerabilities that clearly lists actions the community can take to become more resilient. The project kicked off in June 2015, at the Village of Baraga’s Master Plan Open House (conducted in collaboration with MSU Extension, Michigan Municipal League, and the Village of Baraga). The resulting report, Building Resiliency in Baraga Township provides a summary of the community’s climate impacts including increased temperature, increased precipitation, and changing coastal dynamics. The report includes recommendations for topics such as infrastructure, tourism, public services, water management, and the natural environment. The recommendations of the report are being used to inform the Township’s new Master Plan, but also compliment the efforts of the Township’s neighbors: the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and the Village of Baraga. Baraga Township’s new Master Plan will incorporate the recommendations of this report and will help the Township face changing conditions for the next 20 years or more.
Generous funding for the program is being provided from the Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program, Department of Environmental Quality, Office of the Great Lakes; and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration through the Michigan Association of Planning.
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