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Culver Requests Free Use of GIS Data for Comprehensive Plan

April 16, 2013

  04/17/13 Culver’s Town Manager, Dave Schoeff appeared before the Marshall County Commissioners on Monday requesting free use of data from the County’s GIF (Geographic Information System). 

Schoeff said the Town has hired Houseal-Lavigne from Chicago, a planning firm that will work with the town to develop a comprehensive plan that will not only include Culver but the two-mile zoning area. 

Houseal-Lavigne needs information that is on the county’s GIS system as part of the planning process for the plan. An agreement will be written by the County Attorney specifically spelling-out what layers of data are needed and assurances that all data will be kept only for the purpose of creating the comprehensive plan and not be shared with any other business or organization.  It is anticipated that the Culver Town Board will approve the agreement at their April 23rd meeting and the County Commissioners will approve the agreement at their May 6th meeting. 

A community workshop is planned for Monday, April 22nd from 6 to 8:30 at the Culver Beach Lodge.  This will give residents an opportunity to express their concerns and help identify the strengths face to face with the developers.    

Recommendations in a comprehensive plan are not set-in-stone but should be used as a guide by planners and developers to determine land use, transportation, utilities, recreation and housing. The plan serves as a base for development over the next 10 to 15 years by helping the community reach its long-term goals. 

The Culver request comes about 2 months after the City of Plymouth’s request for the same type of data for their comprehensive plan update.

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