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City planners adopt a ‘superior’ vision

October 28, 2012
By KYLE WHITNEY - Journal Staff Writer ( , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - The Marquette City Planning Commission recently adopted a simple sentence to encapsulate the future hopes and goals for the city.

At a public meeting last week, the group adopted a vision statement that stated: "Marquette is the superior location to live, learn, work and enjoy life."

That sentence was the result of months of public meetings, where planning commissioners asked city residents about their ideas for the future of the city. The panel developed a pair of proposed vision statements - one was in narrative form and the other was a bulleted list - and asked the public on Tuesday to pick between the two.

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The Marquette City Planning Commission recently adopted a vision statement that focuses on the overwhelming presence of Lake Superior, such as is displayed in the above photo of the Lower Harbor. (Dave Schneider photo)

"The group really felt that both of them were too wordy, too long," said Steve Lawry, vice chairman of the planning commission.

he said the crowd decided to use only the single sentence, which had appeared at the beginning of both proposed statements.

The planning commission will use the visioning statement in the creation of a new Community Master Plan, the broad-form document that is intended to guide major planning decisions in the city.

Lawry said the group will now begin cementing city goals and objectives to include in the plan, while keeping in mind the public input that was received in recent weeks.

Much of the feedback revolved around quality of life, land use, transportation and economic issues, with many in the public also commenting on education, health care, civic engagement, historic preservation and water-related issues.

"One theme that was very obvious was how Lake Superior was the focus of the city," Lawry said.

As a part of the master plan review, the planning commission solicited photos to include in the plan. Lawry said that of the 12 photos selected by the group, 10 were views of Lake Superior.

The goal is to complete the new master plan by spring. The current Community Master Plan is in excess of 100 pages, according to Lawry. While the new document will contain much of the current information in appendices, Lawry said he hopes the main plan is no more than 25 pages long.

Once the planning commission completes the new master plan, the document must go through a fairly in-depth approval process, where it will be reviewed by citizens, other municipalities and the Marquette City Commission.

Kyle Whitney can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250. His email address is



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