I Am NEWaygo

City Master Plan Update

Check out our 2019 Master Plan!

In 2018 and early 2019, the City along with citizens and community stake holders worked to update the City's Master Plan. The new Master Plan is complete and has been adopted by City Council at their meeting on 3/11/2019. We encourage you to download the new plan and check it out. Links to current documents can be found on this page.

The City continues to work on housing stock for the City and increasing walkability. Work on updating the City's zoning ordinance is on-going. We welcome your input and need your ideas to solve challenges and improve the community.

A good source for notices is the City's website or Facebook page.

We need your help to shape the future of Newaygo.

If you have ideas and wish to submit online, follow this link: Questions and Comments

Attend meetings to stay informed and voice your ideas.

  • City Council: 2nd Monday of every month
  • Planning Commission: Thursday before monthly Council Mtg
  • Or Click here to see other meetings and events: Calendar of events

To view existing documents please see links below:

Master Plan 2019

Zoning Ordinance

Zoning Map


In October 2017, walkability expert Jeff Speck evaluated the City of Newaygo on how to make the community safer and more attractive for pedestrians while addressing traffic circulation and parking challenges.

Click Jeff Speck Walkability Assessment link below for a report of his findings.

See also the book by Jeff Speck "Walkable City" that formed the basis for proposed improvements.

City Council has supported the walkability concepts. See link to resolution below.

Conceptual drawings to aid walkability and increase parking for M37, Quarterline, Justice, and Wood streets have been created. See links below. Please note that these concepts continue to evolve as input is received from MDOT, City/County officials, and citizens.


The City of Newaygo has been exploring the feasibility of installing a pedestrian bridge over the Muskegon River connecting from Wood St to Henning Park.
Plans are linked here and below showing locations and a sample design.


I Am NEWaygo

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Public engagement tool to discuss City initiatives and further solicit input on needs and strengths of the community.

Public engagement meetings happen on various topics. Stay tuned for details on future meetings.

To join the conversation on Facebook, go here:

If you prefer a more private way to share your ideas, use this email link.

Public Engagement Meetings

Public engagement meeting - 8/11/2020
Bring a neighbor and join us in Brooks Park on August 11th at 6pm for some lively discussion and YOUR input about our ongoing Newaygo Walkability improvements, this time focused on trails and trail-related projects in and around our city.

Topics on the evening of the 11th will include:

  • Riverfront Trail Enhancements along the North bank of the Muskegon River at the bottom of the hill on Water Street, and what can come next.
  • The Ravine Bridge project in the gully on The Riverfront Trail enhancements.
  • Newaygo Crossing Pedestrian Bridge Project

Plus- quick updates on Muskegon Bluffs Disc Golf Course, Christian Healthcare Center, the M37 Walkability Pilot Project and other high-impact, forward-looking projects. Newaygo Stakeholders: We want and need your input now and to see your smiling faces!

Please bring a comfortable (folding) chair, and we will ensure that 6' social distancing is implemented for your safety throughout the meeting. For those that are willing and able- we will conclude the meeting with a walk down and through the riverfront trail enhancement area.

See you on August 11th!

Public engagment meeting - 3/23/2020 - CANCELLED
There will no longer be an IAmNewaygo! Public Engagement meeting on Monday, March 23rd from 6pm-8pm at The Stream, One State Road (M37). This is due to safety precautions in light of the Coronavirus situation.

The meeting was planned for:
Education and discussion on the M37 Pilot Program for this Spring that will test a new lane configuration on M37 downtown between River St and Quarterline Rd. The new configuration will test allowing parallel parking on both sides of M37 while maintaining the center turn lane and a drive lane in each direction.
PILOT PROGRAM PLANS: Click here for plans.

Public engagment meeting - 2/20/2020
There was an IAmNewaygo! Public Engagement meeting on Thursday, February 20th at The Stream, One State Road.

The meeting covered these topics:
1. A proposed pedestrian bridge project that will span between the end of an “abandoned” section of East Wood street on the south side of the Muskegon River, and Henning Park on the north side. Click here for draft plans.

If ultimately approved by the MEDC, the "Newaygo Crossing" pedestrian bridge will be a spectacular 300’ span over the Muskegon River which will allow pedestrian and bicycle access to Henning Park. While the city has enjoyed widespread public support for this project, we are looking for more input.
Those that came were able to share their ideas, including things like public safety, increased pedestrian traffic, bicycle traffic, and parking. Thank you for your input and ideas!

2. A marketing/branding strategy for the City of Newaygo. Who are we and what do we want to portray as a community? Some ideas were shared and discussed. Click here to see a draft.

Public engagment meeting - 12/12/2019
2020 M37 Pilot Programs (to test different lane configurations).
A public meeting was held on 12/12/19 at The Stream building, 1 State Rd. The purpose of the meeting was to gather public input on the proposed M37 Pilot Programs that will test different lane configurations on M37 in Spring/Summer of 2020, including parking on both sides of the street.

City of Newaygo

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