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Deputy Director/Chief Planner

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Denise Cline

Phone: 734-648-9295
  • 16 years of experience in planning, zoning, and GIS.
  • Primary focus has been community planning, zoning, map design, GIS services, and tourism marketing. 
  • Grew up in northern Michigan and has spent all of her career working in the northeastern and northwestern Lower Peninsula.

 CURRENT PROJECTS:

  • City of Albion Zoning Ordinance
  • Village of Roscommon Master Plan and Zoning Ordinance
  • City of West Branch Master Plan and Zoning Ordinance
  • Grayling Township Zoning Ordinance
  • Alpena Township Zoning Ordinance
  • Albert Township Zoning Ordinance
  • Wilber Township Zoning Ordinance
  • Krakow Township Zoning Ordinance
  • Frederic Township Zoning Ordinance
  • AuSable Township Zoning Ordinance
  • Joint Land Use Study (Camp Grayling/Alpena CRTC)
  • US 23 Heritage Route
  • Grayling ICE grant administration
  • MEDC RRC - Technical Assistance
  • Up North Trails

 PROGRAM RESPONSIBILITIES

 Regional Program Development.

  • Community Development & Placemaking.
  • Responsible for development of city, township and county master plans, recreation plans, and zoning ordinances.
  • GIS and map design.
  • Marketing tourism in the Lake Huron coastal counties.
  • Graphic Design.
  • Oversees Planning Staff Programs

 EDUCATION:

 Michigan State University, Institute of Water Research

Certificate in Watershed Management, 2004

Penn State University

Certificate in Geographic Information Systems, 2001.

Southwest Missouri State University

Continuing Graduate Education - Environmental Assessment, 1997.

Indiana State University, Department of Geography, Geology, and Anthropology

M.A. in Physical Geography (Biogeography/Geology), 1997.

Western Michigan University, Department of Communications

B.A. in Broadcasting and Cable Productions, 1994.

Northwestern Michigan College

A.A. in Liberal Arts, 1992.

PROJECT EXPERIENCE AT NEMCOG:

  • Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary: GIS services
  • Montmorency County 911: GIS mapping
  • Nonmotorized Trail Map Design
  • US 23 Heritage Route Program
  • Mackinaw City Zoning Ordinance
  • City of Alpena Zoning Ordinance
  • City of Grayling Zoning Ordinance
  • Village of Hillman Zoning Ordinance
  • Rogers City Zoning Ordinance & Planning Assistance
  • Emmet County Zoning Ordinance
  • West Traverse Township Zoning Ordinance
  • Alcona Township Zoning Ordinance
  • Mikado Township Zoning Ordinance
  • Wilson Township Zoning Ordinance & Planning Assistance
  • Green Township Zoning Ordinance & Planning Assistance
  • Long Rapids Township Planning Assistance
  • Hawes Township Zoning Updates
  • Haynes Township Zoning Ordinance
  • Ossineke Township Zoning Ordinance
  • Montmorency Township Zoning Updates
  • City of Harrisville Zoning Ordinance
  • Village of Lincoln/Gustin Township Joint Zoning Ordinance
  • Curtis Township Zoning Review & Planning Assistance
  • Gustin Township Zoning Review
  • Millen Township Zoning Map
  • Alpena Township Planning Assistance
  • City of Alpena Comprehensive Plan
  • City of Harrisville Master Plan
  • Green Township Master Plan
  • Wilson Township Master Plan
  • Village of Lincoln Master Plan
  • Village of Lincoln Recreation Plan
  • Wilson Township Recreation Plan
  • Sanborn Township Recreation Plan
  • City of Alpena Recreation Plan
  • Presque Isle County Recreation Plan
  • Long Rapids Township Recreation Plan
  • Alpena County Recreation Plan
  • City of Harrisville Recreation Plan
  • Rogers City Wellhead Protection
  • Northeast Michigan Integrated Assessment
  • Northeast Michigan Marketing Website
  • Sunrise Coast Birding Trail Map
  • AuSable Birding Trail Map

EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE:

Zoning Administrator: Village of Bellaire.

Independent Grant Writing Contractor

Marketing Research Assistant: WWTV - WWUPTV 9 & 10 News

Environmental Education Consultant: SEE-North

Geography & Geology Lab Instructor: Indiana State University

Marketing Assistant and Circulation Manager: Kalamazoo County Chamber of Commerce

OTHER EXPERIENCE:

Michigan State University Citizen Planner Instructor

Certified CDBG Administrator

Michigan State University Citizen Planner Program Certificate

City of Alpena Planning Commission

Forest Home Township Parks and Recreation Commission