Since 2009, the MSU Planning & Zoning Center (PZC), a part of the MSU Land Policy Institute, has offered the Zoning Administrator Certificate Training Program in 15 different locations around the state. Zoning Administrators make up the majority of participants attending the training. However, the program has attracted private consultants and county planners who consult with local Zoning Administrators, local elected officials and State agency staff as well. It has even attracted some unexpected participants who may have taken on the responsibility of the Zoning Administrator, due to lack of staff and funding at the municipal or county levels.
The PZC will be offering the Training Program in Muskegon at the Shoreline Inn & Conference Center on Feb. 23-25, 2016. Space is available and early registration ends on Monday, Feb. 13, 2016, so be sure to reserve your space today!
All Zoning Administrators should attend this program at some point in their career. The sooner they take the classes after becoming a Zoning Administrator, the better able they will be to do their job well. The Zoning Administrators who have attended the training program have had varying levels of experience and all have benefitted from the program.
Those who really know the city of Detroit are aware of its countless triumphs, big and small, and its enduring spirit. Stories of renewal and resurgence abound, as many, including Spartans, continue to invest in the city, its work, and its people.
Detroit is one of the seven metro areas that are part of the Michigan Walkable Urban Places study led by MSU’s Land Policy Institute.
Michigan State University’s Land Policy Institute is helping conduct the Michigan Walkable Urban Places study to assist in planning future development blueprints for the state of Michigan.
The study will assess walkability trends and real estate demand in seven metro regions: Detroit-Ann Arbor; Flint; Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland; Kalamazoo-Battle Creek; Lansing; Jackson; and Saginaw-Midland-Bay City.
The Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council (Mid-MEAC) is hosting their next monthly Land Use Lunch Series event at noon on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, at the Michigan Municipal League office in Lansing. Mary Beth Graebert, associate director of the Land Policy Institute, will be the featured speaker. She will share results from the recently released study on Economic Impact Analysis of the Ingham County Property Tax Auction by the Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing and LPI. The Treasurer’s office has utilized Property Tax Foreclosure Auction and Land Bank Fast Track Authority programs since 2006 to address foreclosure, abandonment and blight in Ingham County neighborhoods. The study examines the economic impacts of tax auction sales, rates of return to foreclosure, and the relationship between tax auction property sales, renovations and property prices in Ingham County neighborhoods between 2008 and 2014. Study results show that tax auction activities can play a positive role in neighborhood revitalization, which has been especially important during the economic recession and housing market decline, but strategic use of property disposition tools is key to success.
The Michigan Association of Planning (MAP) hosted their Annual Conference Oct. 7-9, 2015, in Detroit. Planning Michigan 2015 celebrated Community Planning Month with inspirational national speakers and industry experts in the largest city in Michigan. Mark Wyckoff, FAICP, senior associate director of the MSU Land Policy Institute and director of the Planning & Zoning Center at MSU; and Holly Madill, outreach specialist for LPI were on hand to make presentations during the conference.
On Wednesday, Oct. 7, Madill taught the Introduction to Planning and Zoning session of the MSU Extension Michigan Citizen Planner Program, while Wyckoff taught the second session on the Legal Foundations of Planning and Zoning to about 30 interested citizen planners from across the state.
On Thursday, Oct. 8, Madill co-presented the breakout session on Finding Common Ground: Planners and Public Health Officials Working toward Resiliency. This interactive session explored the intersection of community planning and local public health, the cross-over issues that decision makers from both disciplines will likely face in the future resulting from climate change, processes and tools that exist for collaboratively facing those challenges, and how the community benefits. Other co-presenters included Aaron Ferguson from the Michigan Department of Community Health, and Claire Karner from the Land Information Access Association.