First formed in 1979, Protect the Peninsula (PTP) is a volunteer organization comprised of a diverse cross section of OMP residents committed to preserving this beautiful community and future generations and the common good of everyone: farmers, winery owners, and residents. PTP has been recognized as the Environmental Group of the Year by the Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council. For decades, the organization has been instrumental to refining and preserving the winery rules in the zoning ordinance through litigation and referendum. 

Other PTP efforts to protect the agricultural character and residential interests in the area include; helping develop the Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) program, which has successfully protected thousands of acres of scenic and farmland in the township; creating and enhancing township parks; assisting with the development of the scenic turnout above Chateau Grand Traverse; and advocating for sensible infrastructure projects, such as sewer and water districts and roadway designs. 

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