Live TC: Abundant Housing for Traverse City

Live TC is a YIMBY ACTION chapter (Michigan’s first!) and pro-housing citizen-led movement with one agenda and one agenda only: to advocate for abundant homes on Traverse City’s eight square miles.

We’re here because we care about Traverse City’s future.

We’re here to advocate, educate, and build political will for more housing with our partners.

We’re here to fight for an inclusive, sustainable, and economically thriving Traverse City for all.

2023 GOALS

Build public support/political will to help those who work in Traverse City (social workers, teachers, nurses, firefighters, etc) also be able to live in Traverse City by lobbying to:

  1. Approve the Planning Commission’s 2022/2023 zoning reform goals to increase housing options
  2. Deliver on the City Commission’s #1 strategic priority (housing), specifically building homes on City-owned land like the parcel next to Oak Wood cemetery on Airport Access, surface lots downtown (Lot T, G), and landbank parcels (Boardman Lake Avenue)
  3. Create strong new progressive ordinances including PILOT, NEZ and housing fund.
  4. Connect people in need of a home in Traverse City with people who may know of available homes in Traverse City.

2022/2023 accomplished goals:

  1. Approve HomeStretch’s Lot O project (Cass/State)
  2. Approve another underutilized City-owned parcel that’s appropriate for workforce housing to be put in the pipeline. Beitner was approved for an RFP in late 2022.


  • Advocate for progressive zoning reform
  • Support the creation of a forward-thinking housing fund to support workforce housing
  • Advocate for more housing in Traverse City, especially more workforce and affordable housing on City-owned land
  • Support strong progressive PILOT policy, including opportunities for tax abatements for neighbors (new state law)
  • Build and strengthen relationships with elected and appointed officials on the TC City Commission, DDA Board, and TC Planning Commission
  • Educate elected and appointed officials and residents on evidence-based pro-housing policies and practices
  • Build and strengthen relationships with organizations, including local businesses, supporting more TC housing
  • Support the election of pro-housing City Commissioners and appointment of pro-housing DDA board members/TC Planning Commissioners
  • Advocate and educate on the value of low-carbon footprint housing


Currently, we are made up of four interconnected, interdependent teams:

  • Zoning Reform
  • Other City-owned parcels
  • Ordinances (PILOT/NEZ/housing fund)


Yes to people.
Yes to housing.
Yes to climate action.
Yes to more neighbors.
Yes to a fair and equitable community.
Yes to a strong economy and workforce.
Yes to fewer cars and shorter commutes.
Yes to health and walkable neighborhoods.
Yes to Traverse City.

Live Traverse City.




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