Master Plan Survey #9: Waterfront Use and Harbor Development

A primary goal of the City of Harbor Springs elected and appointed officials is to incorporate the values and priorities of City residents in the administration of City government.  The Master Plan is an important tool toward that end.  It is the document that guides all future land use decisions for the next twenty years, or more.  To that end, the City has created a series of surveys that gauges the community’s thoughts on several Master Plan goals. Your input is greatly appreciated.

Survey #9 is related to the current Master Plan’s Goals #10 and #11:
"Residents and visitors will enjoy a vibrant waterfront area that is integrated into, and easily accessible from, adjacent districts and neighborhoods, and which provides users a meaningful opportunity to connect with Little Traverse Bay."
"Any harbor development or redevelopment will maintain open views to and from the water for the public to enjoy and support a sustainable level of human use."

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* 1. Please choose the answer that BEST describes you.

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* 2. The majority of waterfront land ownership in Harbor Springs is privately owned.  This is a combination of homes, commercial enterprises, and marinas.  There are six publicly owned areas adjacent to Little Traverse Bay.  How often do you use the following waterfront parks/public spaces?

  Very Often (2+ times a week) Often (once a week) Occasionally (once a month) Rarely (a few times a year) Never
Zorn Park Beach
City Marina Greenspace / Lakefront Park
Ford Park
Zoll Street Beach
Washington Street Access
Sneaky Beach

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* 3. What seasons do you visit waterfront parks and public spaces? Check all that apply.

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* 4. Do you support City efforts in expanding City owned property adjacent to Little Traverse Bay?

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* 5. Are views of the water an important element of your reason to visit or live in Harbor Springs?

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* 6. Do you feel you have reasonable view access to Little Traverse Bay?

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* 7. Do you feel you have reasonable physical access to Little Traverse Bay?

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* 8. How satisfied are you with the current waterfront development adjacent to Little Traverse Bay?

  Very Satisfied Satisfied Neutral Unsatisfied Very Unsatisfied 
Public Areas
Residential Areas
Commercial Areas

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* 9. Should community leaders invest more or less taxpayer money for improvements, maintenance, and increased services in the following public waterfront parks?

  More money Less money Same amount of money I'm not sure
Ford Park
Zorn Beach
Zoll Street Beach
Marina Park Greenspace / Lakefront Park

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* 10. In 2020, Ford Park/Public Launch Site observed record numbers of visitors and users prompting community leaders to explore options to mitigate existing inefficiencies or deficiencies. In your opinion, what issues are most important?

  Most important Important Neutral/Uncertain Not that important Unimportant
Adding kayak racks
Adding parking spaces
Reducing parking spaces
Incorporating additional seating
Improving aesthetics 
Renovating the existing building
Improving circulation and safety
Increasing vegetation (trees, bushes, flowers, etc.)
Acquiring adjacent waterfront property

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* 11. Vibrant waterfronts often incorporate activities that thrive year-round. In your opinion,  what should the City do with Marina Park Greenspace? Check all that the City should consider further exploring.  

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* 12. The Harbor Commission has noted a need for improvements to boater services and amenities, such as providing laundry facilities for boaters. Keeping in mind that improvements to the Harbormaster building would come from user (boater) fees, what should the City do with the existing Harbormaster building?

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* 13. Should the City allow commercial enterprises to operate on/from public waterfront parks? Check all that apply.

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