UPDATE Tuesday, December 4:
A quick update regarding the Michigan City Lakeshore Development Regulations: On Thursday of last week, a workshop was held with many supportive persons in attendance. At the end of the workshop, Council Members agreed that they would allow more time for the review of proposed amendments and that the Council would hear the second reading on the evening of December 18. Although the second reading appears on tonight's Michigan City Council agenda, we anticipate a motion to move the reading to the 18th as planned. We are currently awaiting the language of the proposed amendments and will share them with widely once we have them on hand. We will need people at the next City Council meeting scheduled for the date and time below. Please save the date and look for more information to come.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018, at 6:30 P.M., in the Council Chambers, Michigan City City Hall, 100 E. Michigan Boulevard
UPDATE with Action Needed on Thursday, November 29:
Unfortunately, the regulations did not pass before the council and will now go before a committee during a workshop session on the evening of November 29. WE NEED YOUR HELP. The workshop session contains a public comment portion. We need as many people as possible to attend and voice that "we request the committee to approve the regulations with NO amendments." It would be a MAJOR setback if we do not get council approval on this as all the controls are best practice development standards that will guide sustainable development. It is critical that development is balanced with natural resource protection.
Emails and phone calls to council members are very effective as well. Their contact information can be found here. Otherwise, please consider coming out on:
Thursday, November 29, 2018, at 5:00 P.M., in the EOC Room, Michigan City City Hall, 100 E. Michigan Boulevard
Save the Dunes needs your help in protecting and preserving
natural resources located near the Michigan City shoreline!
On November 5, the Michigan City Plan Commission voted unanimously to pass a series of proposed regulations that will guide thoughtful development near sensitive ecosystems and will ensure that adverse impacts are carefully measured and accounted for. On November 20, 2018, at 6:30 pm at City Hall (100 E. Michigan Boulevard, Michigan City), the City Council will have the opportunity to pass these critical protective measures. Among other items, the proposed regulations (found here) propose the introduction of tree preservation standards and penalties for removal without permits and proposed dune preservation regulations pertaining to dune preservation. However, due to some concerns raised by the development community with regard to limitations on development and higher upfront costs for surveys and assessments etc., there is concern that these protective regulations may not pass.
Your help is needed. Please attend the November 20 City Council meeting to voice your support for the passage of the proposed lakeshore development regulations for the City of Michigan City, intended to protect at-risk ecosystems and guide good development. We encourage you to speak up during the public comment section of the meeting to vocalize your support. While it is important to personalize your message, some points we suggest bringing up include:
- Support for holding sensitive areas to a higher standard and identifying what lands and waters could be impacted by development.
- Support for accountability of those who negatively impact lands, such as those who disturb trees or dunes. These individuals should face a penalty.
- Support for preserving open space that not only offers places for residents and visitors to recreate but also provides community character.
We at Save the Dunes see the proposed ordinances as a way to properly balance natural area protection while promoting growth and development. We hope you will join us at the Michigan City Council meeting and encourage City Council members to vote YES to codify the proposed lakeshore development regulations for the City of Michigan City.