BOYNE CITY: 2016 Boyne on the Water final MML PlacePlan report

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Boyne City’s final Boyne on the Water PlacePlan report has been released.

“[T]he PlacePlans year-long process focuses on an existing asset and recommends ways to make it even better,” said League CEO and Executive Director Dan Gilmartin. “The plans also reflect the needs and wants of the local community members who were involved throughout the process.”

PlacePlans is a joint effort between the Michigan Municipal League and Michigan State University School of Planning, Design and Construction, and is led at the state agency level by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA).

It is a program to help communities design and implement transformative placemaking projects to focus economic development efforts around walkable downtown districts.

This current round of PlacePlans work began about a year ago when Boyne City was among six communities selected to receive technical assistance from university faculty and students, professional consultants and League staff.

The Boyne City project used input from residents and business owners at multiple community meetings to create a vision for an under-realized and disconnected waterfront area that will engage audiences and create unique, memorable, and welcoming experiences for residents and visitors alike.

“What I really liked about our PlacePlans process, Boyne on the Water, was the vast amount of community collaboration and public input that was encouraged throughout,” said Michael Cain, Boyne City city manager. “This has given us clear direction and guidance for our waterfront and how to better connect it to the rest of the city.”

The final PlacePlan is both a vision for improving Boyne City’s waterfront public space and a placemaking strategy to improve on the success of the downtown. It includes a conceptual design for four distinct properties and connections between them, recommendations for policy updates that can support the design and a discussion of funding opportunities.

“Combined with our recent community goal setting process, and channeling the energy of numerous local people who helped make Boyne on the Water possible, I am confident our PlacePlan will be very valuable in helping make our waterfront even more of a source of community pride,” Cain said. “With all the things going on involving the future of Boyne City’s waterfront right now the timing for having a shared community vision couldn’t be better.”

He added, “Boyne City owes a huge debt of thanks to both the MML and MSHDA for this great opportunity. I look forward to welcoming them back to Boyne in a few years to see all that we have accomplished.”

Paper copies of the report are available at Boyne City Hall—which will soon be across the road in the Honeywell building—the Boyne District Library and at both the Boyne City Middle and High School media centers.

Those interested in being active in helping turn Boyne on the Water from a PlacePlan to a PlaceReality can contact Boyne City Executive Assistant Barb Brooks at or (231) 582-0336 to learn how.

The Michigan Municipal League released the report on March 9, along with PlacePlan reports of six other Michigan communities.

Boyne City’s final Boyne on the Water PlacePlan report is attached for viewing or download below:

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