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Current Drafts for Review:   

5/16/2023 Draft Benzie County Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan

Notice of Availability of Draft Hazard Mitigation Plan and Public Meeting for Input on the Draft Hazard Mitigation Plan

A public hearing for the plan will be held on May 23, 2023 at 9:00 AM as part of the Benzie County Board of Commissioner's regular meeting.  The meeting will be at the Frank Walterhouse Board of Commissioners Room, Benzie County Government Center, 448 Court Place, Beulah, Michigan 49617.  Upon review of the plan, Board of Commissioners shall recommend it be sent to Michigan State Police Homeland Security Division for review/preliminary approval and then on to FEMA for their review and approval. Once FEMA has approved the plan, it will be brought before all local government boards for adoption.

Public comments are requested either in person or by representative at the public meeting or at PO Box 506, Traverse City MI 49685, or by email at

Hazard Mitigation Task Force Meetings
Hazard Mitigation work meetings will be posted here as they become available. All meetings are open to the public. Benzie County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) meetings are held at 2:00 pm via Zoom and in-person at the Benzie County Board of Commissioners Room at 448 Court Place, Beulah, MI.

Update Process
Phase I: Data collection and community survey (The survey results were used to inform the priorities in the County's Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan.)

Phase II: Hazard identification and risk assessment

Phase III: Review and update hazard mitigation goals, priority areas, and implementation strategies.

Phase IV: Draft plan public comment period. Post the plan electronically and meet with the public for comments.  Incorporate feedback from the public review period and make final edits to the plan.

Phase V: Plan Adoption. Facilitate the plan adoption process with the County Board of Commissioners and local officials.


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- Susan Odom, Chair, Suttons Bay Township Planning Commission