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Redevelopment Ready Communities: Ludington Shoreline Land Use and Resiliency Plan

Thanks to a grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) through its Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) program, WMSRDC is able to work with the communities of Ludington and Pere Marquette Township to study land use and resiliency of the Port of Ludington and the Lake Michigan and Pere Marquette Lake shorelines. Under the guidance of an advisory committee of local stakeholders, the project will examine land uses surrounding the port and develop a shared vision for future development and redevelopment. Another aspect of the study will focus on the resiliency of the immediate shoreline; taking stock of the various community assets and estimating vulnerabilities with respect to short-term and long-term fluctuations of water levels. A prioritized list of activities will be developed to lead the community towards actions that will increase long-term resiliency of the waterfront.

Under a contract with MEDC, WMSRDC is available to provide technical assistance to local communities that are in the process of pursuing RRC certification. The RRC program, is available to communities across the state. It is a voluntary, no-cost certification program designed to promote effective redevelopment strategies through a set of best practices. The program measures and then certifies communities that integrate transparency, predictability and efficiency into their daily development practices. The RRC certification is a formal recognition that your community has a vision for the future—and the fundamental practices in place to get there.

Valuable information regarding the RRC program is available at Communities that are interested in the RRC program are encouraged to contact their local MEDC Community Assistance Team member. For Lake, Mason, Newaygo and Oceana counties, please contact Sue DeVries at 616-430-0280, or For Muskegon County, please contact Lindsay Viviano at 517-249-0408, or