There are many local organizations that work in specific areas to improve the quality of life for all of us our communities. Please consider becoming a member of one of the following organizations, such as the Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society, the Holland League of Women Voters, the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, the Kalamazoo River Sturgeon for Tomorrow, Safe Routes to School, the Outdoor Discovery Center, the Kalamazoo River Protection Association, and/or any of the local land conservancies. Each of these organizations specializes in its focus to build a better tomorrow.

In terms of community resources, the Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance endorses the following recommendation from Ten Tenets Of Wise Land Use from The Michigan Land Use Council’s 2003 Final Report & the Tri-Community Plan:

  1. Create a range of housing opportunities and choices.
  2. Create walkable neighborhoods.
  3. Encourage community and stakeholder collaboration.
  4. Foster distinctive, attractive communities with a strong sense of place.
  5. Make development decisions predictable, fair, and cost-effective.
  6. Mix land uses.
  7. Preserve open space, farmland, natural beauty, and critical environmental areas.
  8. Provide a variety of transportation choices.
  9. Strengthen and direct development towards existing communities.
  10. Take advantage of compact development design.

To learn more about the issues within your community and become more involved, get to know your local officials, join a local organization that strives to improve your community, volunteer and participate in local events.

City of Saugatuck
The City of the Village of Douglas
Saugatuck Township
Laketown Township
Casco Township
Ganges Township
Manlius Township

To hear the voices of tomorrow’s generations, watch This is our Future by former SDCA youth Board Member Christian Birky.

To get involved with land use issues in our area:

Land Conservancy of West Michigan
Land Policy Institute
Michigan Land Use Institute
Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy
West Michigan Environmental Action Council

To read more about development that is environmentally, fiscally, and economically smart:

The Smart Growth Network
Natural Resources Defense Council
The United States Environmental Protection Agency
Smart Growth America
Charter For the New Urbanism

To become more aware about building sustainable communities:

Institute for Sustainable Communities
Sustainable Communities Network

To learn more about how the Kalamazoo River Protection Association (KRPA) and the Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance (SDCA) partnered to protect endangered species and rare habitats of the Saugatuck Dunes, read our Environmental Area Application to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment. This document is a 55 page long PDF.