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ENVIRONMENTAL DECISION-MAKING CLASS
PLANNING RESOURCES FOR HOUGHTON COUNTY
"Shaping Our Future" Land-Use Survey
"Wanted! Your Help in Shaping the Future of Houghton County." That was the invitation to all Houghton County residents in January 1997 to participate in an opinion survey about land-use and related issues. Nearly 2,000 residents took the time to return the surveys. The survey asked residents how strongly they agreed or disagreed with each of 26 statements on topics such as community change, planning, development, open-space preservation, property rights, and environmental stewardship. About three-quarters of the returned surveys included comments, ranging from a few words to lengthy attachments.
Funding for this project was provided by mini-grants to the League of Women Voters of the Copper Country from the Michigan Environmental Council's Land Stewardship Initiative and by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The League of Women Voters of the Copper Country and U.P. LEAD contributed additional funds.