Unique Planning Exercise Planned for Bay City

Public Invited to Participate in Three Day Community Charrette Focused on the Future of Downtown

January 29th, 30th & 31st

img_1536.jpgBay City residents are encouraged to participate in an exciting three-day community planning event January 29-31. The three-day charrette will focus on developing design and policy ideas for downtown Bay City as a hub for living, business, tourism and recreation within the region. In addition, city officials plan to use the results of the charrette to revise the city’s master plan and zoning ordinance over the next year. The charrette is the culmination of nearly nine months of stakeholder meetings, personal interviews, data collection, interactive workshops and community meetings all come down to this.

A charrette is a unique multi-day collaborative planning event that engages community members to create and support a feasible plan for sustainable and positive change. This community charrette is the final public planning effort of the Above PAR Project, an innovative community engagement and planning project that seeks to integrate placemaking, transportation and redevelopment principles into the community’s master plan and land use regulations. The Above PAR Project is being directed by the Michigan Association of Planning (MAP) with grant support provided by the C.S. Mott Foundation and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA).

Bay City was selected by MAP from more than a dozen communities to receive this unique service grant. Andrea Brown, executive director of MAP, said that Bay City is an ideal place to begin this unique planning effort.

 The charrette formally kicks off on Tuesday, January 29 at 7:00 p.m. with a public presentation and workshop at the Double Tree Hotel, with activities continuing at the historic Pere Marquette Rail Depot. The results of the charrette, including final design and policy recommendations, will be presented to the public at the State Theater on Thursday, January 31 at 7 p.m. The public is highly encouraged to attend each of these presentations and is invited to visit the Rail Depot throughout Tuesday and Wednesday as the charrette continues.

Project Kick-Off Public Meeting

The first public meeting of this exciting planning initiative held on Thursday, July 12th, 2012 was a success! 90+ residents attended and participated in a community asset identification exercise and discussion. For more information on the conversation click here. Watch video of the event below!


Welcome to the official website for the Bay City - Above PAR Project!

100_0541_ii.jpgThe project partners want everyone in the Bay City to be informed about and participate in this exciting asset mapping and planning process - a plan that seeks to integrate placemaking, transportation and redevelopment principles into the community’s master plan and land use regulations.

Your participation is essential - ensuring that we successfully develop system-wide recommendations that will influence future planning and development efforts.

Here you will find information about the project; details on how you can become involved; a calendar of events; and as they’re developed, summaries of important meetings, educational features, draft reports, photos and much more. You will also find a place to identify and describe important community assets.

The intent of this website is to provide a forum for the planning process and the identification of community assets that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We will be updating the site regularly throughout the project, so please come back and visit often!

This page last updated on 2/13/2013.