by Paul Montagno
The city of Bay City was awarded a cost-share grant from the Michigan Association of Planning to incorporate community resiliency into the master plan that Carlisle/Wortman Associates is preparing. CWA staff helped the city prepare the grant submission.
According to HUD, “A resilient community is able to resist and rapidly recover from disasters or other shocks with minimal outside assistance. Reducing current and future risk is essential to the long-term vitality, economic well-being, and security of all communities. By identifying future risk and vulnerabilities, resilient recovery planning can maximize preparedness, save lives, and bring benefits to a community long after recovery projects are complete.”
MAP grants underwrite the cost of master plans, updates, plan elements or subarea plans that integrate best practices and policies for resiliency. Financial assistance for this project is provided, in part, by the Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program, Office of the Great Lakes, Department of Environmental Quality, under the National Coastal Zone Management Program, through a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the U.S. Department of Commerce.