Luna Pier Master Plan Update and Information

Luna Pier's Master Plan


The City of Luna Pier is in the process of developing a new Master Plan.  This Master Plan is intended to help create a long-term vision for development and redevelopment of our community.   Our residents are optimistic about the future and care deeply about the place we call home.   Residents also know that, while the City has many things going for it, Luna Pier can become even more desirable and livable with thoughtful, deliberate and inclusive community planning.   Our belief in our community, and confidence in the future, is the reason this community is undertaking this Master Plan.


Checking in municipal web site and reading the City of Luna Pier’s Newsletter are two important ways to stay current and informed as the planning process moves forward.   Residents are also welcome to contact Greg Stewart, City Administrator with specific questions.   Most importantly, it is critical that residents attend the events planned in the coming year.   Effective and meaningful Community Master Plans always include substantial levels of consensus-building and extensive conversations about key community issues.   



The Luna Pier Planning Commission is spearheading the effort to create a new community Master Plan.    When complete, the Planning Commission will adopt it, and present it to the Luna Pier City Council. 



The planning process is anticipated to be completed at the end of 2009.   Specific work phases include the following steps.   


Start-up:   This start-up meeting occurred on February 23, 2009.    Many organizational issues were addressed by the Planning Commission. 

Baseline Information Update:  This work element is underway and is expected to be complete in April 2009.   Considerable information needs to be assembled to serve as a foundation for the community planning to follow.  Key subjects to address as part of this work element include; land use, transportation, and public facility characteristics of the City. 


Visioning Sessions:   Three public visioning sessions are planned to take place in Luna Pier.  These public meetings will be designed to encourage open community dialog about key issues facing the City.  Residents and community stakeholders are encouraged to join with their neighbors and attend these events ready share thoughts about how Luna Pier should look and feel in the future.   Dates for these meetings are shown below.   Also, as more information becomes available, information will be provided by clicking on the links below:    


April 7, 2009,      7:00 PM         City Hall              

April 28, 2009     7:00 PM         City Hall              

May 5, 2009       7:00 PM          City Hall 

Sept. 22, 2009         7:00PM          City Hall

Oct. 7, 2009              7:00PM          City Hall


Community Survey:   Along with the Visioning Sessions, a community survey is being made available for residents.  This survey is being conducted on-line and within the community newsletter.   This survey is intended to obtain input from residents and stakeholder who are not able to attend the Visioning Sessions, or wish to participate at an even higher level.   


Targeted Information Gathering:   With the benefit of information gained from previous efforts, work will focus on compiling information and more detailed analyses of key elements that surfaced thus far in the planning process. 


Defining General Plan Objectives and Strategies:   The Planning Commission will develop a series of general objectives and strategies to be centerpieces of the Master Plan.   The Planning Commission will also define development and redevelopment alternatives for consideration at the Community Planning Workshop. 



Draft Plan Development:  Building on the results of the entire planning process, a draft document will be produced for review and consideration.  


Final Plan Development:    Necessary changes to the plan will be made as it proceeds through an adoption process.  As required by the new Michigan planning enabling act, the new Master Plan will be the subject of a public hearing, and a draft document will be distributed to applicable entities for review and comment.   


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LUNA PIER'S MASTER PLAN SLIDE SHOW - Tuesday, September 29, 2009


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Master Plan Information

A New Luna Pier Master Plan
Luna Pier is a great community – great for many reasons.   The people, the lake, the beach all combine to create a terrific place to call home.   The community we all see and experience each day is really the result of thousands of decisions made by residents and elected officials over many years.   Past and current residents have built a community that is easy to become attached to, and easy to feel optimistic about.   
But what will the next 10 to 20 years bring for Luna Pier?  Will it become more attractive, and livable, or will it decline in comparison to other communities.   That will depend upon future decision-making.   To be sure, there is no way to predict exactly what the future will bring as many things are simply not controlled locally.   However, what is controlled locally is whether the city has, and works toward, a long-term vision for community development.   All communities face this same challenge when it comes to creating the future.   In the really successful communities however, there is a noticeable sense of being fully committed to long-term community planning and a sense what they want to become.   They develop this vision from substantial discussion with residents and they have high expectations for what they can be.  They capitalize on their strengths and they have a sense of authenticity.  
The opportunity to create this long-term vision for Luna Pier will unfold in 2009.   The City was successful in obtaining a grant from the State of Michigan to help fund a new Community Master Plan.   The work to be done will include many opportunities for residents and community organizations to weigh in on what they would like the future of Luna Pier to be like.   While no one is suggesting change for the sake of change, there is so much potential in Luna Pier and your input is needed to fully explore the available choices.   The Luna Pier Planning Commission will be spearheading this effort, and residents will have many opportunities to share thoughts and ideas in the coming months.  However, if you have a desire to participate in this effort in a more active role, please contact Greg Stewart or Mayor Liske and let them know of your interest.  Otherwise, please watch future newsletters, the city web site and newspapers for future meeting notices.   2009 will be a very important year for the City of Luna Pier as it charts a course for the future. 
Randy Mielnik, AICP, LEED AP
Principal Owner
Poggemeyer Design Group, Inc.
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