The Grand Traverse region has significant unmet demand for a variety of housing choices in and near job centers. Multiple reports and studies substantiate this claim. Several communities in the urban core of Traverse City have identified a need for facilitating development to meet this unmet demand and help create better and more housing choices that are consistent with the long-range vision of the region as expressed in their respective master plans.
In the fall of 2014, a joint task force of local leadership was appointed to create opportunities to encourage development of housing choices by identifying location criteria, scale, mix and types of uses; coordinating private and public funding mechanisms; and, soliciting development partners.
On April 16, 2015, the Joint Housing Task Force concluded its discussions on housing. The Joint Housing Task Force was formed by Garfield Township, East Bay Township, City of Traverse City, Traverse City Housing Commission, and Grand Traverse County. Appointed representatives from each board met several times between October, 2014 and April, 2015 to review and discuss issues related to housing. The below report summarizes information presented and discussed at the meetings along with four key actions for the task force communities and others to collectively advance.
In addition to the summary report, the below Community-Wide Proclamation for Housing is intended to foster public-private-nonprofit partnerships for housing development and may be adopted by any interested entity - local unit of government, non-profit organization, private developers, etc. The resolution is non-binding and demonstrates support for increasing housing choices for residents in our communities.