Example community design charrettes took place in New Baltimore, Pentwater, Au Gres, and Ontonagon in 2015. The results from these community interactions are available on the official project website: MI Sea Grant Small Harbors Study.

Charrette Process:

Day 1: Introduction presentation to community members and identifying community constraints and cautions.

Charrette Process: Day 1

(A few weeks later)

Day 2: Community members participate in activities identifying strong and weak places, aspects of their community they would like to change, and identifying locations.

Charrette Process: Day 2

Day 3: The design team generates three alternative designs based on information gathered during day 1 and 2. In the evening the public return to vote on their favorite design and give feedback.

Charrette Process: Day 3

Day 4: Community feedback from the previous evening is incorporated into the highest voted alternative and the design is further developed by the design team. The final design is presented to the community and evaluated by them. 

Charrette Process: Day 4

(One month later)

Day 5: Final design with additional graphics is presented at a Municipal Meeting.


The community receives a final report containing graphics and descriptions of the alternatives and final design. The process is documented for inclusion in the sustainable small harbor management study.