Welcome to the Burt Township Master Plan Survey


Burt Township | Citizen Survey

Your Voice Matters! Burt Township has begun the process of updating their Master Plan. Citizen input is an integral part of the Burt Township Master Plan.  Please complete the following questionnaire.  Your responses are anonymous and will be reported in group form only.  

What is a Master Plan?

According to the Michigan Planning Enabling Act (Public Act 33 of 2008, as amended) a Master Plan addresses land use and infrastructure issues and may project 20-years into the future. It includes maps, plats, charts, a land use plan, and other descriptive material. The Master Plan will illustrate the planning commission’s recommendations for the physical development of the planning jurisdiction. For a local unit of government that has adopted a zoning ordinance, the master plan will also include a zoning plan for various zoning districts controlling height, area, bulk, location and use of buildings. This is paired with an explanation of how the land use categories on the future land use map relate to districts on the zoning map.

Thanks for your help!

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* 1. I am a resident of:

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* 2. How long have you lived and/or owned a property in the Burt Township?

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* 3. Do you live in the Burt Township year round?

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* 4. Where is your place of employment located?

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* 5. Would you like to work remotely from Burt Township?

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* 6. What is your current employment status?

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* 7. Do you rent or own your home/land in Burt Township? (Check all that apply)

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* 8. What strategy would you prefer for residential growth management in the Burt Township?

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* 9. What strategy would you prefer for Commercial growth management in the Burt Township?

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* 10. Thinking about the overall housing stock in your Township, to what degree do you agree or disagree with the following statements:

  Strongly Agree Agree Neither Agree nor Disagree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know
Burt Township's housing is out of date.
Burt Township's housing suffers from blight.
Burt Township's housing is updated and there is an abundance of new/renovation projects within the community.

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* 11. How do you feel about the proportion of short-term rentals to long-term rentals and homeowner occupied residences within the community? (check all that apply)

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* 12. Age-restricted (55+) housing is needed to accommodate the aging population in Burt Township.

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* 13. How would you describe quality of life in Burt Township, overall?

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* 14. How would you rate Burt Township as a place to raise children?

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* 15. How would you rate Burt Township as a place to live?

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* 16. How would you rate Burt Township as a place to retire?

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* 17. How do you rate recent community improvements including the breakwall installation?

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* 18. How do your rate recent community improvements including the public water system?

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* 19. How would you rate Burt Township's sense of community?

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* 20. How would you rate Burt Township's opportunities for leisure-time activities?

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* 21. How would you rate Burt Township's recreation opportunities?

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* 22. How would you rate Burt Township's job opportunities?

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* 23. How would you rate housing affordability?

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* 24. How would you rate the overall appearance of the Township?

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* 25. How important is it that the Township population continues to grow and maintain its population?

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* 26. Would you encourage or discourage the following land uses in Burt Township?

  Encourage Discourage No change No opinion
Residential development (single family homes)
Residential development (multiple units)
Townhouses/condominiums
Mobile home parks
Short-term property rentals in residential areas
Green construction projects
Wind turbines or wind farms
Large scale solar arrays
Affordable housing
Senior/assisted living
Organic agriculture
Marijuana facilities
Conventional agriculture
Public green space
Township park
Commercial development
Sidewalks
Bike paths/lanes
Protection of natural areas/open space
Commercial communication (cell) towers

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* 27. Under the current Zoning regulations do you feel that you are (choose one of the following):

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* 28. For each of the services below please indicate whether you think the level of service is appropriate, should be increased, or should be decreased. (Check one for each service)

  Appropriate Increase Decrease No Opinion
Road maintenance
Snow plowing
Police protection
Fire protection/rescue
Township office services/hours
Building code enforcement
Code enforcement for blight
Streetlights
Community events
The availability of buildings for public use
Public recreational opportunities

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* 29. Is parking within Grand Marais well placed allowing for reasonable walking distances to shops and restaurants?

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* 30. Would you be willing to pay a monthly fee for curbside recycling collection service?

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* 31. Would you be willing to serve on the Township Fire Department or Ambulance Corps?

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* 32. Would you support a user fee for Grand Marais village residents to develop a community sewer system in Grand Marais?

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* 33. Would you support the installation of a community sewer system within Grand Marais if a user fee for Grand Marais village residents was not needed?

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* 34. Burt Township would benefit from focusing more energy into promoting its unique natural assets and local culture to draw more residents and visitors.

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* 35. Are there any particularly sensitive areas that need to be protected? (Where?)

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* 36. Rank your priorities for sustainable energy and infrastructure that should be considered in Burt Township. (1: highest priority to 7: lowest priority)

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* 37. A wind turbine installation would be acceptable if...(check all that apply)

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* 38. A large solar array installation would be acceptable if...(check all that apply)

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* 39. What recreational activities did you or a member of your household participate in within the past 2 years?

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* 40. The prevalence of ORVs and Snowmobiles within the Township and its natural areas has seen a steady increase over the past few years. Please indicate your perspective on ORVs and Snowmobile use within the Township. (Check all that apply)

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* 41. What do you love about Burt Township?

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* 42. What change would you like to see within Burt Township?

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* 43. What do you think will be the most important issue facing Burt Township over the next 5, 10, 20 or 30 years?

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* 44. What would your ideal vision for Burt Township be in the year 2050? Briefly describe three of the most desirable characteristics this future Burt Township would possess.

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* 45. List the 3 natural attributes or viewscapes that should be preserved within Burt Township.

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* 46. Please provide your perspective on street lighting within Grand Marais. (check all that apply)

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* 47. You can view the existing 2013 Burt Township Master Plan online here: https://www.burttownship.com/departments/planning-zoning/master-plan/  There is also a paper copy available at Burt Township Offices at: 21837 Grand Marais Ave. Please provide any comments or suggestions below.  

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* 48. Is there anything else you would like to add that was not addressed by the questions? If you would like to expand upon any of your responses in the previous questions, please do so here as well.

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* 49. If you would like to be notified to participate in future Master Plan public involvement opportunities and plan reviews please leave your name, email, or mailing address in the comment box depending on your preferred method of contact.  Thank You!

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