The Grand Vision

Grand Vision in Action

The Grand Vision continues to inspire
change in northwest lower Michigan.
Here's what's been happening lately.


Buckley in Action  

Buckley street view.

On June 3, the Village of Buckley began the bidding process for the M-37 project.


This project, in support of the Grand Vision, will preserve existing roadway capacity on M-37, while aiming to aesthetically enhance this gateway to northwest lower Michigan. Simultaneously, the project will improve the safety and walkability of the Buckley community in the process.


This project is key to northwest lower Michigan, with Buckley bordering Grand Traverse and Wexford counties. Many of the Buckley community members work in both counties, and many more people use M-37 as their main route to Grand Traverse County and beyond.


The project includes connections to the new Regional Transit Center, at the corner of M-37 and Wexford Avenue.


Another aim of the project is to create visual cues to drivers that Buckley is a village with an identifiable sense of place, beyond the highway that slices through it. Planners will do so by landscaping medians on the village streets, breaking up the pavement on those streets, and providing street lighting. Crosswalks and sidewalks will help distinguish the village as a pedestrian-friendly community. While village officials would like drivers to slow down on their route, they'd also be very pleased to see those that pass through compelled to stop and spend some outside dollars to increase local economic vitality. Subsequently, additional project goals are related to stimulating economic opportunities through these enhancements to the Village of Buckley's downtown core.


Village Clerk Dennis Kuhn said he's hopeful the project, which is scheduled to begin around September 5, will add definition to the village on M-37, and slow down motorists. "People blow through here at 60 miles per hour," he said.


All of these project goals are in line with the overarching Grand Vision goals, especially in terms of "placemaking" in northwest lower Michigan.


MDOT did a great job of securing the funding to make this project possible sooner, rather than later. 

Grand Vision
Go Live


In mid June we'll launch a transformed Grand Vision website. In line with this next phase of the Grand Vision, the Grand Vision in Action, the website is a forum for information and activity. Because the Grand Vision isn't one project, or one community or one person, updates will be made from key stakeholders from around the six-county Grand Vision network.


Among its highlights:

  • Regularly updated information from the Grand Vision networks (Food and Farming Network, Energy Network, Growth & Investment Network, Housing Network, Natural Resources Network, Transportation Network and County Networks)
  • Comprehensive calendar of events from around the Grand Vision network
  • Grant opportunities to help all communities fund their grand visions
  • Resources that include links to initiatives born from the Grand Vision
  • Detailed timeline of the Grand Vision's history

More details to come soon.


June 2011

Grand Vision Guiding Principles


Based on  intensive research and input from thousands of citizens from Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, and Wexford counties, a vision that will lead to prosperity for people throughout northwest lower Michigan was created founded on these guiding principles: 


  • A coordinated regional transportation network
  • Unique and vibrant communities
  • Housing choices
  • Sustainable-energy uses in construction, transportation and economic development
  • Protected and preserved water, forests, natural and scenic areas
  • Viable regional farms and local food systems 





















The Grand Vision


The Grand Vision

PO Box 506

Traverse City, MI 49685








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