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April Joint Land Use Study community meetings provide area residents an opportunity to review proposed strategies

GAYLORD—The Northeast Michigan Council of Governments (NEMCOG) will host two community meetings in April for area residents with concerns about or interest in the various impacts that military training missions at Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center (JMTC) and Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center (CRTC) may have on surrounding local communities. These meetings are a follow up to the public meetings NEMCOG hosted in June and October as part of the ongoing Joint Land Use Study (JLUS). The Grayling meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at the Ramada Grayling Hotel, 2650 I-75 Business Loop Grayling, Michigan 49738. The Alpena meeting will take place on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at Alpena City Hall, 208 N 1st Ave, Alpena, MI 49707. Both meetings will take place from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

NEMCOG is leading the JLUS strategic planning process for Camp Grayling JMTC and Alpena CRTC through a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment with matching funds from the State of Michigan. This process helps to ensure military training, testing, and operational missions are compatible with community development. The final JLUS report will identify ways to manage any impacts of these missions on the public health, safety, and welfare of those living, working, and recreating near the installations.

During the April JLUS meetings, the JLUS project team will present strategies for managing and preserving military readiness while supporting continued community economic development and quality of life. These strategies are aimed at resolving the issues identified at the June public meetings and presented at the October public meetings. The strategies were presented to NEMCOG in January by the JLUS project team and have been refined over the past several months with guidance from subject matter experts. Continued public input will help inform the final JLUS report. More information on the JLUS project is available on NEMCOG’s website at http://www.discovernortheastmichigan.org/jlusoverview.asp.

Created on Friday, March 23, 2018