About the Cleveland Township Master Plan Project

Established in 1871, Cleveland Township is located in Leelanau County in northwest Lower Michigan. Nestled on Lake Michigan’s Good Harbor Bay and dotted with six inland lakes, the Township includes more than 8,000 acres of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Cleveland Township is creating a new Master Plan, and it wants every resident to be involved! A municipal Master Plan is designed to take a long-range view of a community, guiding growth for 20 years and beyond, while also providing the flexibility to adapt to changing conditions, new ideas, and changes in available resources. Through a robust planning effort, residents and community leaders in Cleveland Township are working together to solidify the community’s vision for the future.  

The new Cleveland Township Master Plan process will include a broad look at land use in in the community as well as issues such as broadband accessibility, housing supply, water quality, and natural resource preservation. Preparing the new Master Plan will help the community evaluate existing opportunities and issues, and develop a framework for decisions regarding land use, zoning, public investment, and infrastructure improvements.

The Land Information Access Association (LIAA), a nonprofit community development organization based in Traverse City, is facilitating this work. Together with Cleveland Township leaders, the project team seeks to involve the community in a variety of public engagement events and activities to form the basis of the new Master Plan.