Muskegons New Adventure
MUSKEGON — A highway, an amusement park and five townships are the focus of the Sustainable North-Central Muskegon County Charrette.
With significant recent growth and more anticipated for the Cedar Fair LLC-owned
The charrette site includes the area around the amusement park from the M-120 corridor to
Roland Crummel, supervisor of
Working together is paramount for proper growth of the region, Crummel said, and it is important to regional residents, who expressed through a survey that they wanted to see more cooperation among the government entities.
The townships have already worked together on the Muskegon Areawide Plan, which was developed in 2004.
“Once we made that step, the players started coming out,” said Dave Fisher, community development director for
“It’s a huge, huge potential of what can happen in this area,” he said.
Crummel said he hopes having the opinions of experts and being able to hear how others have solved similar dilemmas will help the area townships decide how best to meet the future needs of the area.
“That’s what we need is exposure to what other communities have done, and these people apparently are able to provide that.”
Crummel said participants decided to apply to be a part of the charrette after they were approached by Robert Daverman, chairman of the West Michigan Regional Urban Design Charrette and an architect with Progressive AE. Crummel said the area attracted Daverman’s attention because of the potential for collaboration between municipalities.
“We thought it would be a good idea and proceeded from there,” Crummel said. “It will bring in a whole amount of professional expertise.”