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Planners Review and Advisory Committee (PRAC)

The Planner’s Review and Advisory Committee (PRAC) is an advisory body to the Regional Planning Department of Networks Northwest. PRAC members include county planners from the ten-county Networks Northwest region. Representatives from the three tribes in the region – the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians, the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, and the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians - as well as township, city, and village officials, staff from educational institions and non-profit agencies, and staff from private firms are frequent attendees.

The PRAC meets on a quarterly basis. PRAC members set the agenda for the meeting. The meetings are designed as a forum to promote intergovernmental communication and coordination. Speakers from nonprofit organization, state agencies, and private firms are often invited to present on a special topics as requested by the planners. Speaking arrangements may take the form of casual discussions or information-sharing sessions or more formal presentations or workshops. 


PRAC Members:

  • Janet Koch, Antrim County
  • Dave Neiger, Benzie County
  • Kiersten Stark, Charlevoix County
  • Tammy Doernenburg, Emmet County
  • Robert Kalbfleish, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians
  • John Sych, Grand Traverse County
  • Karen Van Horn, Kalkaska County
  • Trudy Galla, Leelanau County
  • Dan Shepard, Little River Band of Ottawa Indians
  • Brian Gillett, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
  • Rob Carson, Manistee County
  • Linda Hartshorne-Shafer, Missaukee County
  • Mike Solomon, Wexford County




The professionals at Networks Northwest help our City Council, Planning Commission, and staff make thoughtful decisions to ensure our community is sustainable and resilient for many years to come.

Mark Heydlauff, Charlevoix City Manager