Constantine approves consultants for Master Plan

CONSTANTINE — The Constantine Village Council approved a contract with the Southcentral Michigan Planning Council (SMPC) to serve as consultants to update the village's Master Plan, at a Tuesday, July 5 council meeting.

A Master Plan is a document and policy guide designed to help communities create a vision of what they want to look like in the future.

The update is expected to take around five months at a cost of $7,000-$8,500, not to exceed $10,000.

SMPC will develop a public outreach strategy based on the needs of the village and requirements set forth in the Michigan Planning Enabling Act first. SMPC staff will then review the current Master Plan with the village planning commission and the public at an open meeting, and create recommendations for modernization and improvements. Items needed for the update include the previous master plan, parcel information, any recently completed surveys, and an existing zoning map. The village staff may decrease costs of the project by completing clerical tasks.

In other news…

  • The council approved the transfer of an adult use marijuana provisioning license from GB Business Partners to QPS Michigan Holdings LCC. GB Business Partners will retain the license until the closing on the sale of the business, and until QPS obtains a state license.
  • A resolution to approve a Saint Joseph County Ambulance Consortium, and LifeCare ambulance agreements for 18 townships and villages was adopted unanimously.
  • A public hearing was scheduled for 7:08 p.m. on July 18 to consider the adoption of an ordinance to designate the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) as building, plumbing electrical and mechanical inspectors for the village.
  • Six applicants were appointed to the Planning Commission. Dan Sorensen, Mike Larink and Angie Shotwell were appointed for one-year terms, and Dominic Iemma, Kevin Lucas and Karen Goatley were appointed for two-year terms.

Angie Birdsall is a freelance writer who primarily covers Constantine.

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