Michigan State University’s Land Policy Institute (LPI) transitioned to new leadership this month. Scott Witter, PhD, the interim director since 2011, and the former director of the School of Planning, Design and Construction, is retiring. Dean Ronald Hendrick from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources named Mark Wyckoff, the senior associate director of LPI since 2006, and director of the Planning & Zoning Center, as interim director of LPI for the balance of 2017. During that time a process for finding and securing a permanent LPI director will be initiated.
The Illinois Housing Council and Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) are co-hosting the 2017 Illinois Governor’s Conference on Affordable Housing Mar. 13-14, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago, IL. This one-and-a-half day’s event will offer networking opportunities, engaging sessions and the latest outlook from experts in affordable housing.
On Tuesday, March 14, 2017, from 9-10:30 a.m., the Land Policy Institute’s senior associate director Mark Wyckoff, will participate in the panel session on Current Trends for Housing and How to Plan for Them. Every community leader wishes they had a crystal ball to plan so their community can remain attractive for years to come to new generations of residents. During this session, panelists will discuss the findings of their research on current trends in homeownership and rental housing, and how community leaders can plan for housing development and redevelopment in urban and suburban areas that fits the needs of each generation.
For the second year in a row, the Zoning Administrator Certificate (ZAC) Program offered by the Planning & Zoning Center (PZC) at MSU has expanded its capacity to accommodate the growing interest in the program; and, for the second year in a row, it has filled all available seats for the training. The increased interest in the program is likely a combination of the value of the course in conjunction with local governments’ ability to invest in professional development of its staff again, a luxury that many communities couldn’t afford during the Great Recession.
To meet this growing demand, PZC has partnered with a few organizations to expand its own capacity for trainers. The MSU Extension (MSUE) land use educators are an easy fit, and have taught the program in years past. This year, three relatively new MSUE educators will audit the program in order to teach future programs.
Michigan State University (MSU) Extension has partnered with the Land Policy Institute in offering training to local government officials in Michigan on the new Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act, and related Law.
The workshops will be held from February through mid-March, from 6-9 p.m. at various locations. The schedule is listed below. Attendees will learn about options in prohibiting or accepting and regulating medical marijuana dispensaries, growing facilities, processing, product testing and transport facilities.