It’s an exciting time in and around Traverse City. With many projects gearing up and planning processes in full swing, this is the time to voice what you want the community to look like as the 21st century plays out. Take a glimpse below and see what piques your interest!
BATA’s Next Wave Transit Master Plan
About: The master plan will help shape the next 5 to 10 years of BATA services. Engagement and comments from the community are incredibly valuable throughout this process and will maximize the benefits that transit will bring to the area.
Engagement: Look for engagement opportunities this summer at farmers markets, city and county board meetings, and at popular dining establishments. Stay tuned for upcoming in-person engagement sessions around Grand Traverse and Leelanau Counties. Emails and letters are always welcome at any time.
DDA’s ‘Moving Downtown Forward’
About: Moving Downtown Forward is a thorough examination and evaluation of the current and future needs of downtown, as well as the organizational and funding structure of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA).
Engagement: A public open house was held on June 22 at the City Opera House. If you missed that session, another meeting will be held in August (date TBD). A public survey can be found by navigating to the project’s landing page (link below).
Downtown Traverse City Riverfront Redesign
About: In 2018, noting the lack of a comprehensive vision and plan for the river corridor and increasing development pressure along the river, the DDA initiated a planning effort to develop a Unified Plan for the Lower Boardman/Ottaway River. The Unified Plan provides the framework and blueprint for significant walkway, placemaking, and habitat improvement along the river, supporting a long-held desire for downtown to “turn and embrace” the river.
Engagement: A public open house was held July 13 to show a handful of potential designs to the community for feedback. From there, design options will be narrowed to one that will be presented to DDA board members and city commissioners for adoption in the fall.