The project was funded by the C.S. Mott and W.K. Kellogg Foundation with a grant we received in 2002. We were one of five counties to receive funding for a demonstration project begun by the Michigan Council of Local Governments (MCOLG), an afilliation of representatives from the Michigan Municipal League (MML), Michigan Townships Association (MTA), Michigan Association of Counties (MAC), Michigan Association of Regions (MAR), and Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB). The project was led by the Land Information Access Association (LIAA), in Traverse City. The project was begun to demonstrate how emerging information technologies can support greater intergovernmental cooperation in land use planning through information sharing, computer-based analyses, and public participation. The county, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians, all 11 townships, 3 villages, the public schools, libraries, and several non-profit organizations, supported the project and helped fund it.
The web site is operated by the Leelanau County Information Technology Department. Information is updated on a weekly basis by the Equalization, Planning, and Treasurer's Departments. Deeds information is updated daily by the Register of Deeds Department. Other departments and township update information on an as-needed basis.