Public input wanted on Paint Creek Trail recreation master plan

Community invited to complete online survey through July 22

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published July 16, 2019

 The Paint Creek Trailways Commission recently began work on its 2020-24 Paint Creek Trail recreation master plan and is looking for the public to weigh in via an online survey.

The Paint Creek Trailways Commission recently began work on its 2020-24 Paint Creek Trail recreation master plan and is looking for the public to weigh in via an online survey.

Photo provided by the Paint Creek Trail

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ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — The Paint Creek Trailways Commission is revising its recreational master plan and would like citizen input on potential trail improvements.

The commission — in conjunction with the Paint Creek Trail planning consultant, Giffels Webster — recently began work on its 2020-24 Paint Creek Trail recreation master plan.

The public can participate in the process by completing a 25-question online survey through July 22.

Officials said the survey should take six to eight minutes to complete and can be accessed at www.survey monkey.com/r/paintcreek2019. Paper copies of the survey are also available at the Paint Creek Trailways Commission office, 4480 Orion Road in Rochester.

The survey will help identify trail use, needs, preferences, potential projects and the satisfaction of trail users, according to Paint Creek Trail Manager Melissa Ford.

“It’s a great way for us to reach out to the public and get some input on what the trail users think about the trails, what they would like to see in regards to projects or improvements, and evaluate how we’re doing within the community,” she said.

The feedback will be used in the overall recreation master plan updating process, which officials said will help the commission forecast current, short-term and long-term trail facility needs and conditions.

Commission Chairperson David Becker said the recreation master plan is a strategic document for the Trailways Commission.

“It’s a five-year plan for what we hope to accomplish in the next five years, set out on an annual basis year by year,” Becker said. “It’s really very important for the Trailways Commission to keep track of what it’s doing and to stay on target to accomplish what we’d like to accomplish … and we do look at it.”

The master plan also allows the Paint Creek Trailways Commission to submit grant requests  in the future to the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund for trail development projects.

“The trail is required to have a recreation master plan in order to get certain grants from the state from the DNR, so that’s something that is updated every five years,” Ford said.

Updating the recreation master plan is a yearlong process, according to Ford.

“We’re still in the draft process, so we’re kind of tackling it a chapter at a time,” she said.

She said that in late fall, the draft report, including survey results, will be presented to the Trailways Commission for discussion and refinement through a public hearing.

“The first draft of the plan that would be available for public viewing is tentatively scheduled for November, and then we will have a public hearing in December where the public can come and make comments on the overall draft of the plan,” Ford said.

Ford said the Trailways Commission is tentatively scheduled to consider adopting the 2020-24 recreation master plan on Jan. 21, 2020.

The Paint Creek Trail is an 8.9-mile linear park that runs through Rochester, Rochester Hills, Oakland Township, Orion Township and the village of Lake Orion in northern Oakland County.

For more information on the trail or the recreational master plan, call Paint Creek Trail Manager Melissa Ford at (248) 651-9260.

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