Resilient Michigan - Planning for Resilient Communities

Planning for Resilient Communities is a planning assistance program in Michigan developed by the non-profit Land Information Access Association (LIAA) with numerous statewide partners. The program is helping citizens, local leaders and public officials plan communities that are more resilient to climate variability, extreme weather events and global economic challenges. The overall project mission is to foster and support community‐wide planning efforts that lead to the adoption of significant revisions to existing master plans to promote community resilience.  Resilient Michigan is the “online home” for the project.

The project began in five Michigan communities including St. Joseph, Grand Haven, Ludington, East Jordan and Monroe, and is launching an effort in another west coast town, Holland, MI. All of the charter communities are reviewing their Master Plans to integrate resilient adaptation planning. Each of the five case studies are described on the Resilient Michigan site. 

With this grant funding and direct assistance from project partners, LIAA provides a full range of professional planning and technical support services to participating communities. These services include public education and participation processes, data gathering and analyses, evaluation of future scenarios, vulnerability analyses, visioning and goal setting, task identification, and formal master plan development.


The Planning for Resilient Communities project partners include Michigan Municipal League, Michigan Association of Townships, the Michigan Chapter of the American Planning Association, the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan.

Funding for the project is being provided by the Kresge Foundation, the Americana Foundation, The Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, the Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program, and the University of Michigan Water Center.


Related Organizations:

  • University of Michigan


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  • Planning guides

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