Continuing Projects and Initiatives
Updated April 1, 2021
Holiday Woodlands Natural Area
In December 2019, East Bay Township was awarded a grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund to acquire and expand the Holiday Woodlands Preserve as a public natural area, to be known as the Holiday Woodlands Natural Area. The Holiday Woodlands Natural Area will incorporate the 80-acre preserve with an additional 65 acres adjacent to Mt. Holiday. East Bay Township is proud to partner with the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, which has dedicated matching funds, and Mt. Holiday, which has agreed to handle maintenance duties of the new natural area. The next steps for the project will be to form subcommittees and gather public feedback to establish the community’s vision and goals.
The stretch of US-31 in East Bay Township between 3 Mile Road and Holiday Road, historically known as the “Miracle Mile,” is one of the defining features of East Bay Township. The Planning & Zoning Department is currently in a visioning phase of revitalizing the corridor under the working name of the “Beach District.” In partnership with property and business owners, the Planning & Zoning Department will facilitate an updated vision for the district that will be more welcoming for residents and visitors, and encouraging for economic growth.
The East-West Corridor Transportation Study, authorized by the Grand Traverse County Road Commission, analyzed and provided recommendations for the current transportation network connecting the Grand Traverse region. Included in the study’s recommendations were improvements for select high-traffic intersections within East Bay Township. As the County Road Commission nears construction on these projects, the Planning & Zoning Department will advise on the inclusion of community-focused infrastructure, including elements such as streetscape, beautification, and placemaking additions.
Safe Routes to School
As part of the Safe Routes to School initiative, East Bay Township is seeking to improve pedestrian access to area schools in the vicinity of the 3 Mile Road and Hammond intersection, while also furthering the enhancement of regional trail connectivity. The Township has contracted with Prein & Newhof to assist the Township in applying for Safe Routes to School funding. This project is supported by our partner at TART, the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, and Norte.