MASTER PLAN 2040:
YOUR COUNTY, YOUR PLAN!
The Marquette County Planning Commission is embarking on an exciting new initiative to adopt a county-wide Master Plan pursuant to Public Act 33 of 2008, the Michigan Planning Enabling Act.
The end result will be a public policy document that can be integrated into the master plans of local units of government to help achieve a common vision for the future of Marquette County over the next 20 years. The Master Plan will serve as a resource guide and foundation for local land use policies and a source of data-driven information, aiming to unify and join commonalities among the County's many unique communities. The Plan will reflect common goals, objectives, and themes to enhance the current planning initiatives already underway in each community and provide a general framework for leaders and decision-makers within the Marquette County area.
The process will rely on significant and effective input and participation from the community, local units of government, local planning commissions, and various stakeholders, using a bottom-up, regional approach.
The Marquette County Planning Commission (MCPC) was established in 1969 and is governed by the Michigan Planning Enabling Act. The Commission has seven members appointed to three year terms. While the Michigan Planning Enabling Act enables the MCPC to write and adopt a master plan, MCPC does not have any zoning authority over municipalities. The Planning Commission does promote local planning and review local zoning for consistency with statutory requirements and County planning goals.
The Planning Commission is supported by planning staff from the Marquette County Planning, Forestry, Recreation, and Community Development division, a subdivision of the Resource Management Department.
County planning has the unique role of creating a plan for growth over a larger geographic area and fostering coordination and cooperation between municipalities to address cross-boundary issues. With a county-wide plan, the Planning Commission can serve as a resource for municipalities, gather and disseminate data, and facilitate discussion by bringing groups together and encourage communities to plan together.