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Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians

Grand Traverse Band Of Ottawa And Chippewa Indians: Natural Hazard Mitigation 2023

(Click on the image above to view the GTB's HM Plan submitted for State and Federal review as of 3/12/2024.)

The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians is in the process of updating its Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan in accordance with the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000.  The plan must be updated every 5 years for communities to apply for pre-disaster, hazard mitigation grant funds from FEMA. 

Hazards such as climate change, wildfires, severe weather, floods, invasive species, drought, and public health emergencies can have significant impacts on the the built and natural environments, economy, and the health and wellbeing of community members. The natural hazard mitigation plan identifies and reduces the risks presented by these hazards through development of mitigation strategies that build sustainability and resiliency in communities.


Meetings and Documentation

Hazard Mitigation Plan-related work meetings and documentation will be posted here as they become available. 

GTB Tribal Local Planning Team meetings (via Zoom and/or in person at Tribal Police Dept. Conference Room, unless otherwise stated)

  • October 21, 2021 10:00 am 
  • January 14, 2022 10:00 am
  • March 11, 2022 10:00 am
  • April 14, 2022 at 10:00 am: Combined LEPC/LPT meeting with Leelanau County/ Public input session on Hazard Identification
    • Presentation, Notes, Mapped Hazards
  • August 18, 2022 at 11:00 am
  • October 7, 2022 at 10:00 am
  • December 20, 2022 at 10:00 am
  • February 9, 2023 at 10:00 am
  • April 18, 2023 at 10:00 am
  • May 3, 2023 2:30-4:00 pm  special meeting with Tribal Council to review draft plan, maps, and strategies
  • September 28, 2023 at 11:00 am


Update Process
Phase I: Data collection and community survey

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 Tribal Council and local officials.

Our Township greatly benefits from Network Northwest's experience, depth of knowledge and understanding. Because they work with so many diverse communities in our ten-county region they understand the local land-use issues and are already working on solutions by the time we realize we need some help.
- Susan Odom, Chair, Suttons Bay Township Planning Commission