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In the simplest of terms, a community master plan provides a framework for decision-making resulting in a community's dreams becoming reality.  Master plans include history, trends, projections, and goals - the community's story of where it came from and where it is going.  Seeking public input from every segment of the population is one of the most important aspects of the community plan development process.  Considering the potential impacts of regional influences both near and far is another important component of a comprehensive plan.


Southwest Michigan is a charming blend of small towns, rural lands, beautiful lakes and other natural resources that provide all-season activities for visitors and residents.  Preparing a careful and thorough master plan is critical for communities facing the challenge of retaining intrinsic, hometown charm while encouraging economic vitality.  For information about preparing a master plan for your community, please call the SWMPC at 269-925-1137 x 1525.


Please use the links below to review recent master plans done in collaboration with the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission.

This page last updated on 8/16/2021.
Southwest Michigan Planning Commission  
376 West Main Street  Suite 130  Benton Harbor, MI 49022-3651
Phone: 269.925.1137  Fax: 269.925.0288  

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