A bill authored by State Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Ogden Dunes, that would merge
two agencies dealing with development along the Lake Michigan shoreline
corridor has cleared a Senate committee.
The Senate Committee on Natural Resources on Monday unanimously approved S.B.
339, which would create a new entity known as the Lake Michigan Marina and
Shoreline Development Commission. The new commission would merge the Lake
Michigan Marina Development Commission and the Shoreline Development
The bill is now eligible for consideration by the full Senate.
“Merging these commissions would allow the issues and concerns that come
before both groups to be handled at the same time,” Tallian said in a press
release. “Developing the lakeshore, while maintaining the area’s
environmental stability, is a great concern of mine.”
Tallian said the combination of these two commissions into a single body
would potentially reduce the costs and streamline coordination of shared
The marina commission studies various plans for marina development, while
the Shoreline Development Commission coordinates the plans of development
and redevelopment along the Lake Michgian corridor. However, the shoreline
commission has not been appointed for several years.
If approved, the new commission would take effect July 1 of this year.