The GAD Top Three | January 1st, 2024

Happy New Year! As local, state, and national politics have slowed a bit at the end of this year, we will look back at the top 3 issues covered in the GAD Top 3 in 2023.

1. Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department Sanitary Code

From the start to the end of the year, the issue that I heard the most correspondence from members on in 2023 was the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department Sanitary Code, which went into effect on January 27th, 2023. We covered this most recently in the November 20th GAD Top 3, which included a summary and links to our previous posts to date along with the latest information on Benzie-Leelanau Health Department water sample testing. I recommend revisiting the November 20th GAD Top 3, which includes links to all previous blog posts covering the topic, or you can use the hyperlinks below!

2. The Everchanging Short-Term Rental Landscape

As is the case in much of the country, short-term rentals were an ever-present issue in the Northwest Lower Michigan region in 2023, full of discussions and updates to short-term rentals (STR) policies. Fourteen of the forty-seven GAD Top 3s in 2023 featured at least one item on short-term rentals. Links to those posts are below. Want to view all short-term rental policies across the six-county region (Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, and Wexford)? Check out the Aspire North Short-Term Rental Guide!

3. Traverse City Zoning Ordinance Amendments to Increase Housing Options

Traverse City’s consideration and ultimate passing of Zoning Amendments to allow greater housing development in the City of Traverse City was a big issue in 2023 and ended up being a major talking point in the Traverse City Mayoral and City Commission races. Below are the GAD Top 3s where we covered this topic throughout, including giving Aspire North REALTORS’ support (Aspire North Public Comment on August 28th, 2023, and Aspire North letter of support for expanding housing opportunities offered in April 2023) for efforts like zoning amendments that can support greater development of housing options in our region.

You can catch up on any of the GAD Top 3s for 2023 on the Aspire North REALTORS Blog. Wishing you a prosperous and happy 2024!

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Connor Miller
Government Affairs Director

As the Government Affairs Director, I work to advocate for the real estate industry through programming that promotes the election of pro-REALTOR® candidates; engage, inform, and activate membership and local government officials on key local and state real estate policies; provide staff support to the REALTOR® Political Action Committee that invests members' voluntary contributions to protect and promote the real estate industry; and support the Aspire North memberships’ involvement in community projects to further grow and strengthen our region.