The GAD Top Three | March 20th, 2023

The GAD Top Three | March 20th, 2023 slideshow item

Local Floodplain Management for new FEMA Flood Maps, Local amendments to Accessory Dwelling Ordinances, Broadband Internet Expansion in the region. 

This week we will check in on some trends around the Northwest Michigan region where a number of local municipalities are updating their ordinances or working on real estate issues of importance. Specifically related to Floodplain Management/National Flood Insurance, Accessory Dwellings, and Broadband Internet Expansion.

1. Local Floodplain Management for New FEMA Flood Maps. 

FEMA recently completed new Flood Maps or Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) in the Northwest Michigan region. These new FIRMs will go into effect for the localities list below starting on April 19th, 2023. You can check out the FEMA’s floodplain mapping website HERE as well as find more information on the Flood Hazard Mapping process HERE including the ability to submit data to amend or revise the floor map after your community adopts the maps. New FEMA FIRMs go into effect in the following localities on April 19th, 2023:

  • Acme Township
  • Blair Township
  • East Bay Township
  • Garfield Township
  • Paradise Township
  • Peninsula Township
  • Traverse City
  • Whitewater Township

2. Local Amendments to Accessory Dwelling Ordinances

Over the past couple of weeks, a number of local governments have begun to consider amendments to their accessory building or dwelling ordinances. Below is a list of recent and current proposed ordinance changes for accessory units being considered by local governments in our region. Let us know if you are aware of additional accessory building or dwelling ordinance amendments!

3. Broadband Internet Expansion in the Region

Antrim, Benzie, and Leelanau have been continuing efforts to increase Broadband Internet access across their respective counties with the following updates so far to date:

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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.