BRIDGMAN — Planning for a “Resilient Bridgman” will begin at 7 p.m. Monday in the Weko Beach House, 5301 Lake St.

In May, the Bridgman City Council joined the Land Information Access Association to develop a master plan to address natural resource preservation, the local economy and the impact of climate variability.

The first meeting will include a presentation on coastal resilience from Richard Norton of the University of Michigan, as well as a presentation on lake dynamics and beach erosion from Guy Meadows of Michigan Technological University.

Subsequent meetings are scheduled for Aug. 17 and Sept. 12 at the same time and place. Each meeting will feature presenters with expertise in specific areas of community resilience and development related to Bridgman, followed by interactive group exercises to help develop goals for the master plan.

“This plan will give us the blueprint to respond to, withstand and recover from adverse situations, City Manager Juan Ganum said. “Communities that are resilient are able to learn from adversity and adopt quickly to change, both of which are hallmarks of successful communities today.”

LIAA Executive Director Harry Burkholder defined “resilience” has having the necessary capacity to meet economic, social, environmental and climate challenges in the future and to recover from the unexpected, or the ability to “take a hit and keep on moving.” 

Bridgman joins other coastal communities such as Grand Haven, Holland, Ludington and St. Joseph in the program funded by Michigan’s Coastal Zone Management Program, with no cost to Bridgman. LIAA, a Traverse City-based nonprofit, is managing the project.

Most of the project costs will be covered by a grant provided to LIAA by the Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program, Office of the Great Lakes, Department of Environmental Quality. Assistance also is provided by the Michigan Municipal League, Michigan Townships Association, Michigan Association of Planning and the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan.

More information is available at www.resilientmichigan.org/bridgman.