Est. 1970 . . . Thinking globally, acting locally, planning regionally.

The West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission is a federal and state designated regional planning and development agency serving 120 local governments in Lake, Mason, Muskegon, Newaygo, and Oceana Counties.

WMSRDC is also responsible for the management and administration of the homeland security program for the counties of Clare, Ionia, Isabella, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola, and Ottawa.

WMSRDC is also the planning agency for the metropolitan transportation planning (MPO) program for Muskegon and Northern Ottawa Counties.

James Maike, Chairperson    
Newaygo County Commissioner

Sandeep Dey, Executive Director

Amy Haack, Editor

March 2012

map logoParticipate in Hazard Mitigation Planning in Your Community Through Surveys and Public Hearings

WMSRDC recently distributed over 700 hazard mitigation questionnaires to community leaders and stakeholders via mail and e-mail.  This survey is an important component of the process to update the Hazard Mitigation plans for Lake, Mason, Muskegon, Newaygo, and Oceana counties.  It is intended to encourage respondents to provide valuable input from a local perspective, as well as increase awareness of the hazard mitigation update process which is underway.  The surveys are open to the public, and can be viewed and downloaded here.

This spring, WMSRDC and partners will hold hazard mitigation public hearings in each of the five counties.  Hazard mitigation will be discussed and opportunities will be provided for attendees to comment on natural and man-made threats to their community.  Dates, times, and locations of the public hearings are listed below.  For more information, please contact Stephen Carlson, associate planner at (231) 722-7878 ext. 11 or scarlson@wmsrdc.org.

Public Hearings

  • Lake County, March 8, 11:00 AM, Lake County Courthouse
  • Mason County, May 15, 4:00 PM, Mason County Sheriff’s Office
  • Muskegon County, April 10, 10:30 AM, Norton Shores City Hall
  • Newaygo County, March 20, 2:00 PM, Newaygo County Emergency Operations Center
  • Oceana County, March 27. 12:00, Oceana County Courthouse



ryersonFinding Common Ground - Transportation and Watershed Collaborative

WMSRDC is collaborating with the Muskegon County Road Commission, local governments, drain commissioner, and conservation and watershed groups on a Lake Michigan Watershed Academy (LMWA) transportation and environmental collaboration project.  The project addresses water quality goals of the Lake Michigan Lakewide Management Plan, including the need for collaborative ecosystem management as the basis for decision-making in the Lake Michigan basin.

WMSRDC is reviewing existing transportation improvement plans and watershed plan road/stream crossing inventories to identify projects with potential water quality and fish and wildlife habitat impacts.  Input was received on priority road/stream crossing and transportation projects, and locations are being mapped.  Expected outcomes are to find common ground between transportation and watershed project planners and to increase the potential for acquiring resources to implement win/win projects.  A public input session and presentation on the project was delivered at the Muskegon Countywide Planning Commission meeting on February 29, 2012. Over thirty community members participated.

To complete the project this spring, WMSRDC will continue to seek input and will develop a GIS layer and project data base of potential win/win projects that meet transportation and natural resources improvement goals. For more information, contact Kathy Evans, program manager at (231) 722-7878 ext. 17 or at kevans@wmsrdc.org.

flagConnect Michigan

Connect Michigan has formed a partnership with the Michigan Public Service Commission to expand broadband capability and its usage throughout the state of Michigan.  WMSRDC is working with Connect Michigan on the West Michigan portion of this statewide effort. Representatives from Connect Michigan will be presenting to the WMSRDC board at their regular meeting on March 26, 2012 at West Shore Community College in Mason County.  For more information, contact Erin Kuhn, program manager at (231) 722-7878 ext. 18 or at ekuhn@wmsrdc.org.

ludingtonEconomic Development Document and Project List Approved Locally

The 2012 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) document and project list was approved by the WMSRDC Board at their January 30, 2012 meeting.  The document consists of a detailed demographic and economic profile of the region, economic development goals and objectives, and a list of six regionally significant economic development projects.  The 2012 CEDS document is available here.   For more information, contact Erin Kuhn, program manager at (231) 722-7878 ext. 18 or at ekuhn@wmsrdc.org.

mccWMSRDC Re-elects Officers

WMSRDC, at its meeting on January 30, 2012, held an election of officers. WMSRDC is proud to announce the re-election of the following officers to the WMSRDC Board: James Maike (Newaygo County Commission) was re-elected as chairperson, Joe Lenius (Mason County Commissioner) was re-elected as vice-chairperson, and Ken Wenzel (Lake County Commissioner) was re-elected as secretary. WMSRDC looks forward to another productive year with strong leadership.