2018-02-08 / Front Page

Bad Axe works to be redevelopment-ready

By John Bonke
Staff Writer • jbonke@mihomepaper.com

BAD AXE - The city is working toward certification in the Michigan Economic Development Corporation Redevelopment Ready Communities Program.

Christopher Germain, a senior planner with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, told the city council the project that began last fall is a “deep dive” into factors that drive economic development. Germain gave the presentation at the council’s Monday, Feb. 5 regular meeting.

The program reviews a city’s plans, processes, policies and procedures, looks at plans for economic development and takes inventory of an area’s businesses, talent and offerings.

The program also encourages a city to implement a set of best practices to make a predictable and consistent path for investors and businesses.

Germain said Bad Axe is part of MEDC’s Region Number 6, which is the East Michigan Region of seven counties: Genesee, Huron, Lapeer, St. Clair, Sanilac, Shiawassee and Tuscola.

Germain said the city’s master plan, last written in 1999, is “strong” but needs to be updated.

The program looks at a city’s zoning ordinances and makes sure they focus on where development is needed.

Germain said the city should inventory, prioritize and market properties that could be developed for business and industry.

In other business, the city council approved a resolution allowing taxpayers to protest in writing to the board of review. City Manager Dale VanDeVusse said it was to correct an oversight as the city allowed non-residents the option because they are out of the area.

The council also approved the resolution for poverty guidelines eligibility requirements.

Council member Richard Peterson recommended reviewing the comments and recommendations submitted by retiring council member Jim Hall at the Dec. 18, 2017 meeting.

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