Planning Department releases county-wide trail plan

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The Livingston County Planning Department has released the first-ever county-wide trail plan for the community.

A planning assistance program grant from the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments allowed county planners to hired the consulting services of The Greenway Collaborative of Ann Arbor.

The plan begins with an inventory and analysis of the existing trails and desired connections in Livingston County and the Southeast Michigan region. A subsequent public engagement section explains public input obtained through a project website, Trail Summit event, surveys, and a crowdsourcing map. Lastly, the recommendations of the plan are divided into two groups:

Near Term Network – focuses on how to improve the safety and connectivity of the existing trail network.

Priority Routes – focus on providing new connections that link major park and recreation areas and population areas to the Mike Levine Lakelands Trail State Park/Great-Lake-to-Lake Trail Route #1. Priority routes were determined based on public input, feasibility, connectivity and safety. The proposed priority routes and the trails/pathways and parks they connect, include:

Maltby-Hamburg-Bauer Road Trail – connects the existing pathway on Bauer Road to the Fieldcrest Pathway/Great-Lake-to-Lake Trail Route #1, Huron Meadows Metropark and Island Lake Recreation Area.

Latson-Chilson-Brighton Road Trail – connects existing pathways on Latson and Brighton Roads between the cities of Howell and Brighton.

Chilson-Swarthout-Pettysville Road Paved Shoulder – proposes paved shoulders on Chilson Road between Brighton Road and M-36 to connect to the Mike Levine Lakelands Trail State Park/ Great-Lake-to-Lake Trail.

• The Trails Plan & map can be viewed/downloaded from the Livingston County Parks & Open Space website.

• The Plan, map and the entire process of creating the plan, can also be viewed/downloaded from the project website.

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