Napier Avenue Pedestrian & Bicycle Plan Builds Off Successful First Public Meeting



Additional input opportunities are available to the public, particularly those who were unable to attend the most recent public open house meeting on March 26.


April 2, 2018 – The Southwest Michigan Planning Commission hosted a well-attended Napier Avenue Pedestrian & Bicycle Plan public open house on Monday, March 26th. We are now seeking additional public feedback.

The Napier Avenue Pedestrian & Bicycle Plan is a community-driven plan to transform Napier Avenue into a more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly roadway. The planning team would like to hear from as many area residents, business owners, and users of the road as possible in order to gather a more complete picture of specific issues present along the corridor. Recognizing that several interested members of the public were unable to attend the first open house, web-based and paper surveys are available which allow residents to give their feedback.

A web-based survey can be obtained by going to For those who may wish to take a paper-based survey, that can be obtained by going to, calling 269-925-1137x1513, or by visiting one of the locations listed below:

Southwest Michigan Regional Planning Commission
376 W Main St
Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Benton Charter Township Hall
1725 Territorial Road
Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Saint Joseph Charter Township Hall
3000 Washington Ave.
PO Box 146
St. Joseph, MI 49085

The deadline for feedback is Friday, April 13th. Completed surveys should be returned or mailed to one of the locations listed above.

Surveys include background information and facts surrounding Napier Avenue today, questions regarding priorities for the future of the corridor, and maps that participants can use to identify opportunities for improving pedestrian and bicycle access along the corridor.

More information on the project may be found at

A second Public Open House Meeting will be held on Monday, May 21 from 4 pm – 7 pm at Napier Parkview Baptist Church located at 245 W. Napier Ave. Feedback gathered from the public during the first public open house meeting will be used to develop a set of design alternatives which will be presented during the second public open house meeting.


About SWMPC.  The Southwest Michigan Planning Commission (SWMPC) is one of fourteen state recognized regional planning governmental non-profit organizations in Michigan.  The organization was enabled by state legislation (the Regional Planning Act, 1945 PA 281) and formally created in 1971 by the three counties it serves, Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren.  SWMPC is a regional planning resource staffed with professional regional planners and is designed to be responsive to the planning needs of our region. SWMPC is the USDOT and MDOT recognized Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Twin Cities (Benton Harbor-St. Joseph) and the Niles-Buchanan-Cass County Area Transportation Studies, as well as the rural and small urban transportation Regional Planning Agency for Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren Counties.  SWMPC is the state designated area-wide water quality management planning agency under the Clean Water Act, and the SWMPC leads and participates in watershed management planning. SWMPC is the EDA designated Economic Development District for those same three counties.

Vision:  Planning great communities together.

Mission Statement:  Our team uses its passion and expertise to connect people, assist communities, and advance cooperative solutions to regional challenges experienced by the communities that created us.

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