Planning for Resilient Coastal Communities 

This workshop will provide professional planners, elected and appointed municipal leaders, and other public servants with the tools, applications and best practices to empower intentional actions that will help your community mitigate the impacts of severe weather events and fluctuating water levels in the Great Lakes through planning, policy, and regulatory solutions. Much of the content for this workshop was developed for MAP’s April 2018 Spring Institute | Resilience Summit. We have condensed that content into this 4-hour workshop that will be delivered at 3 convenient locations throughout the state. The program builds on MAP’s Master Planning for Resilience curriculum that was offered in 2015 and takes a deeper dive into data collection techniques and methodologies; implementation through plans, policies and programs, and provides substantial opportunity for active learning, response, and interaction.


  • Introduction to climate change and community resilience, why it is important, collective impact approaches, regional collaboration
  • Overview of the community planning context, including national, state and local frameworks
  • Current and projected climate trends affecting the Great Lakes region and implications for Michigan communities.
  • Great Lakes coastal dynamics including lake level fluctuations, storms and coastal erosion, and planning implications
  • Data details, techniques and methodologies
  • Sources of data and their use in resiliency planning techniques
  • Talking about climate change to a Michigan audience

Locations and Times

Thursday, October 18, from 1 PM to 5 PM | Monroe
Monroe Community College
1555 S Raisinville Rd, Monroe, MI 48161

Wednesday, October 24, from 1 PM to 5 PM | Escanaba
Michigan Works! Service Center | The Board Room
2950 College Ave, Escanaba, MI 49829

Thursday, October 25, from 1 PM to 5 PM | Oscoda
Oscoda Township Community Center
4071 Arrow St, Oscoda Twp, MI 48750

Program Instructors 

Harry Burkholder, AICP, LIAA
Richard Norton, University of Michigan
Guy Meadows, Michigan Technological University (Escanaba Session Only)
Other Locally Relevant Experts


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