Twin Cities: St. Joseph-Benton Harbor 2018-2020

Project background and rationale

The goal of this project is to assist the City of St. Joseph, the City of Benton Harbor, and the Charter Township of St. Joseph in developing long-term sustainable strategies to maximize the benefits of their harbor and waterfront assets.   

Community meetings and discussions have led to a shared vision for the Twin Cities Harbor. This vision is important for the community and its future because it is constructed by all affected parties and is a compilation of everyone’s ideas and voices. The implementation of this shared vision will increase public confidence, participation, and support in the community as well as economic, cultural, social, and environmental community sustainability, adding value to the harbor.

Process

Phase 1 – Research, outreach, charrette preparation

During an initial visioning meeting (September 19, 2018), attendees weighed in on the future of the Twin Cities waterfront. Community members helped identify assets linked to existing or potential public waterfront uses and/or facilities.

July – September 2018

Phase 2 – Charrette process

The team then followed up with a three-day design charrette to reflect on the communities shared vision (October 9-11, 2018). The charrette concluded with a “work in progress” presentation to summarize the proposed vision for the Twin Cities future waterfront.

While the presentation linked below represents the “preferred” vision based on the community feedback over the past month, and more significantly, the past three days (Oct 9 – Oct 11), the harbor/waterfront plan depicted in the presentation is not the “final” shared vision for the harbor. There will be additional opportunities for comment and revision as the team transitions into the next phase of the project. In addition, the images in the presentation are representative sketches or renderings from the design team to demonstrate the iterative design process. The images included are not all encompassing of the work produced during the charrette and should not be construed as final.

Host multiple community engagement meetings at Kinexus, 499 West Main Street, Benton Harbor, MI.

Phase 3 – Post-charrette

November 2018 – January 2020

Community engagement meetings at Kinexus, 499 West Main Street, Benton Harbor, MI.

January 2020 Community Presentations

Community Harbor/Waterfront Vision

The documents linked below represent the “preferred” future vision based on community input over the duration of the project. The proposed land use plans and renderings are based on input from hundreds of community members during dozens of meetings. The harbor/waterfront vision that emerged from this project should not be construed as a comprehensive master plan. Any long-term planning or future development within the project area would remain under local control.


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Community photos


Diagram showing 3 visits to the community and what they accomplish each day

What is a charrette?

A design charrette is a facilitated planning process that is open to the public. Participants offer ideas for amenities and improvements they feel would generate more waterfront activity and improve their community. The Twin Cities Harbor Visioning Charrette process will include multiple visits to the community including an initial visioning meeting, a multi-day series of public design sessions where the project team facilitates community discussion and stakeholder meetings, and a final presentation to the community.

The projected outcome of the Twin Cities Harbor Visioning Charrette is that the community, stakeholders, and local units of government will have worked together to create a strategy for implementing a shared harbor vision that will lead to a vibrant and prosperous community.

Attendees label their choices for project options

Final Project Documents

Final Report, March 31, 2020

Community Planning Meeting, June 2018

Workshop Notes – June 6th, 2018

Workshop Notes, Small Group – June 7th, 2018

DRAFT SJBH Guiding Principles

Pre-Populated Draft Goals for Charrette Workshop

TCH Visioning Workshop – Stakeholder Analysis, Engagement, and Road Map

Twin Cities Charrette Study Area Map

Initial Community Commission Presentations, August 2018

Twin Cities Sustainable Harbor Commission Intro Presentation

Initial Community Visioning Meeting, September 19, 2018

Twin Cities Strategy Introduction Presentation

Focus Group and Technical Meetings

Twin Cities Commercial Meeting Notes 10-1-2018

Twin Cities Environmental Meeting Notes 09-25-2018

Twin Cities Residential Meeting Notes 09-24-2018

Ministerial Focus Group 10-2019

Focus Group Detailed Agenda

Focus Group Agenda

Focus Groups Final Report

Charrette, October 9-11, 2018

Twin Cities Harbor Sustainability Design Charrette Schedule

Introduction Presentation, 10-9-2019

Build Your Own City Exercise 10-09-2018

Build Your Own Twin Cities – Data Table 10-09-2018

Top 3 Ideas by Table

Preferred Alternative Circulation Plan

Preferred Alternative Plan 10-11-2018

Twin Cities Design Charette Build Your Own Summary

Final Presentation 10-11-2019

Interim Stakeholder Meetings

TC Sustainable Harbor BH Stakeholder Group Invitation 03-22-2019

TC Sustainable Harbor BH Stakeholder Group Meeting Agenda

TC Sustainable Harbor SJ Stakeholder Group Invitation 03-26-2019

TC Sustainable Harbor SJ Stakeholder Group Meeting Agenda

TC Sustainable Harbor SJT and Berrien Co Stakeholder Group Meeting Agenda

Community Vision

Twin Cities Charrette Vision Map 04-2019

Twin Cities Charrette Vision Map 10-2019

Twin Cities Work in Progress Preferred Alternative October 2018 V1

Twin Cities Work in Progress Preferred Alternative January 2019 V2

Twin Cities Benton Harbor Preferred Alternatives and Renderings

Twin Cities St. Joseph Preferred Alt (+renderings) 12-20-2019

Final Community Meeting Presentations

Final Community Presentation 10-14-2019

Twin Cities Harbor Vision 2040 – October 2019 Public Input Summary RED

Governance

September 2019 Governance Retreat

Invitation Letter TCHSI 8-13-2019

Twin Cities Harbor Government Retreat Summary 09-20-2019

TBG Retreat Goals and Agenda Draft 09-20-2019

TBG Retreat Goals and Agenda Draft with facilitation notes 09-20-2019

TCHSI Process One-Pager Timeline Draft 09-2019

October 2019 Governance Retreat

Governance retreat meeting notes 10-23-19

Invitation Letter TCHSI 10-23-2019

Final Presentations to City Commissions and Township Board of Trustee, January 2020

Twin Cities Sustainable Harbor Revitalization: Benton Harbor Commission Presentation 01-2020

Twin Cities Sustainable Harbor Revitalization: St. Joseph Commission Presentation 01-2020

Twin Cities Sustainable Harbor Revitalization: St. Joseph Charter Township Board Presentation 01-2020

Resolution – 1-2020 Twin Cities Sustainable Harbor Project 1-6-2020 Township

Resolution – 1-2020 Twin Cities Sustainable Harbor Project 1-6-2020 Benton Harbor

Resolution – 1-2020 Twin Cities Sustainable Harbor Project 1-13-2020 St Joseph City

Special Joint Meeting, January 22, 2020

Special Joint Meeting Presentation

Final Agenda – Special Joint Meeting 01-22-2020

Resolution 2 – 2020 Joint Special Meeting 1-20-2020 Benton Harbor

Resolution 2 – 2020 Joint Special Meeting 1-20-2020 St Joseph City

Resolution 2- 2020 Joint Special Meeting 1-20-2020 Township

Communication Materials

The Process of a Sustainable Small Harbors

Spring Southwest Michigan Leadership Council Summit Harbor Presentation 2019

Twin Cities Sustainable Harbor Strategy 2 Page Handout

Twin Cities Sustainable Small Harbor Planning Flyer

TCSHI Ministerial Alliance Meeting PowerPoint 06-10-2019

Twin Cities Harbor Visioning Communication Plan

Twin Cities Harbor Preferred Plan Refinement Engagement Strategy 01-10-2019

Sign In Sheets

We are sensitive to the privacy of those who attended harbor planning sessions. The sign-in sheets for those meetings are available but only by request. To access them we ask that you separately request the sign-in sheet(s) you are interested in. Contact: martink@swmpc.org or (269) 925-1137 ext.1521

Final Twin Cities SHI Process Timeline 01-24-2020

Twin Cities Meeting List 01-27-2020