A local ballot issue that threatens the economic future of Downtown Traverse City is opposed by the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce, which is endorsing a local group’s effort to defeat the proposal.
The Chamber supports the efforts of Stand Up TC, a group of business and community leaders opposed to Proposal 3 that will go in front of Traverse City voters at the November 8 general election. Members of Stand Up TC include Chamber Government Relations Director Kent Wood, Mark Eckhoff, a former Chamber board president, Chamber board Director Bonnie Alfonso and former Young Professionals Chair Allison Beers.
“The Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce supports Stand Up TC’s efforts to defeat Proposal 3 in the November general election,” Chamber Board Chairman Mike Meindertsma said. “Proposal 3 is fraught with problems as it conflicts with the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act, undermines the city’s zoning ordinance and master plan, and could potentially create excessive expense and litigation for the city and local taxpayers going forward.”
Stand Up TC opposes Proposal based on several issues and concerns:
- The proposal conflicts with legal reviews from the state Attorney General’s office and the Traverse City city attorney’s as conflicting with the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act and the Home Rule City Act.
- Proposal 3 wastes city tax dollars and resources by circumventing existing rules and local officials, and create additional regulatory burdens for city property owners and potential developers.
- Proposal 3 risks the economic future of Downtown Traverse City by limiting development and potential housing options downtown, and could potentially limit the growth of community assets like Munson Medical Center, Northwestern Michigan College, Cherry Capital Airport and other locations. Limiting growth options in Downtown Traverse City will also contribute to sprawl development outside of Traverse City, according to the group.
The Stand Up TC website includes other information important to this effort, including information on how to contribute.