“To encourage cooperation among neighboring units of government on area wide issues”
- The Macatawa Area Coordinating Council is designated and established as an Inter-Municipality Study Committee pursuant to Michigan Public Act 200 of the Public Acts of 1957, as amended, and pursuant to an Agreement dated the 1st day of April, 1993. Learn more about how the MACC was formed and its history through 2009.
- A Metropolitan Planning Organization or MPO is defined in Federal Transportation Legislation as the designated local decision-making body that is responsible for carrying out the metropolitan transportation planning process. An MPO must be designated for each urban area with a population of more than 50,000 people.
- As a Metropolitan Planning Organization, the MACC is federally mandated to administer transportation planning within its Metropolitan Area Boundaries
- Between 1993 and 2013, sixty-seven local roadway projects under the jurisdiction of cities and county road commissions have been completed utilizing approximately $33.5 million in federal funds programmed through the MACC.
- Between 1993 and 2013, an additional $57.8 million in federal funds programmed through the MACC has been spent on roadway and bridge projects under the jurisdiction of the Michigan Department of Transportation in coordination with the MACC.
- The MACC has also addressed significant area-wide issues including:
o Macatawa Watershed Project
o Green Commute
o Non-motorized Planning
o Clean Air Action Program
o Census 2010 Coordination
o Site Assessment Grant Program for Brownfields
o Crime Prevention
o Improving Service Delivery
- The actions of the MACC are guided by numerous local volunteers serving on various committees.
- The Macatawa Watershed Project works to improve water quality in Lake Macatawa and its many tributaries by increasing awareness of water quality issues and implementing practices that reduce stormwater runoff and minimize soil erosion.
- The MACC aims to increase the involvement of Allegan and Ottawa County stakeholders in the Macatawa Watershed Management Plan. This plan was recently updated to meet new EPA standards and was approved by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality in July 2012.