On Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, MSU Land Policy Institute’s associate director Mary Beth Graebert and Robert Dalton, PhD student in the School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC), presented the “Core Elements of a World Class Built Environment” at the World Scientific and Engineering Academy and Society (WSEAS) Conference, which took place at the MSU Union Sept. 20-22, 2015.
In this era of shifting demographics, fossil fuel energy scarcity and global economic and environmental challenges, what defines a “world class” city? During their presentation, Graebert and Dalton shared the ten most important and prevalent factors of world class communities that were identified and applied in a design for the 4.5-mile Michigan/Grand River Avenue corridor in Lansing-East Lansing, MI. These factors included functional and attractive; private-public partnerships with anchor institutions; compact, connected and oriented downtowns; diverse, affordable housing options; livable neighborhoods; resilient and scale-appropriate infrastructure; carbon neutrality, and building and community scale; regional interdependence and community vision; green, resilient ecosystems; and inclusivity and innovation. They also discussed that during the design process, which engaged many stakeholders, the key needs and opportunities for development in the corridor were identified as connectivity (transportation), opportunity (jobs) and density and mixed use (housing). The result was a vision for a creative and globally competitive atmosphere where individuals can work, live, learn, and play.
As the MSU Planning & Zoning Center (PZC), a part of the MSU Land Policy Institute, gears up for its 8th annual Zoning Administrator Certificate Training Program, it also looks forward to increased partnership with MSU Extension’s (MSUE) Michigan Citizen Planner Program. The Zoning Administrator Certificate training is recommended for all new and current Zoning Administrators, along with private consultants and county planners who consult with local Zoning Administrators. This year, the Training Program will take place in Muskegon at the Shoreline Inn & Conference Center, Feb. 23-25, 2016.
To receive a certificate upon completion of the Zoning Administrator Certificate program, participants must also complete the Michigan Citizen Planner Fundamentals of Planning & Zoning Program as a prerequisite or be AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners) certified, and successfully pass a multiple choice examination.
The Michigan Association of Planning (MAP) is hosting their Annual Conference Oct. 7-9, 2015, at the Marriott at the Renaissance Center in Detroit. Planning Michigan 2015 will celebrate Community Planning Month with inspirational national speakers and industry experts in the largest city in Michigan. With featured speakers: Stephen Dane, Esq. from Relman, Dane & Colfax; Liz Keegan and Nancy Haynes from the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan; Brett Lenart, AICP, from Washtenaw County; Karina Ricks from Nelson Nygaard Associates; Amber Miller from the Ann Arbor DDA; Jim Ferner from the Southwest Michigan Sierra Club; Suzanne Schulz, AICP, from the City of Grand Rapids; Daniel Parolek, AIA, from Opticos Design, Inc; Jim Tischler from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA); the Land Policy Institute’s Mark Wyckoff; Sharon Woods, CRE, from LandUse|USA; Patrick Sloan, AICP from McKenna Associates; Daniel Dalton from Dalton & Tomich PLC; Kenny Peskin from the International Sign Association; and Scott Bernstein from the Center for Neighborhood Technologies. As in previous years, attend the Michigan Citizen Planner Program in just three days!
On Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, from 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Holly Madill, outreach specialist for LPI, will teach the first session (Introduction to Planning and Zoning) of the Michigan Citizen Planner Program. Mark Wyckoff, senior associate director of the MSU Land Policy Institute and director of the Planning & Zoning Center at MSU, will teach the second session (Legal Aspects of Planning and Zoning) from 10:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP)—Researchers at Michigan State University will be working to help study the economic and social effects of efforts to fight blight in Michigan cities.
Federal funding has supported local efforts to deal with blighted buildings in recent years, with a goal of stabilizing neighborhoods.
The MSU Land Policy Institute will work with the Michigan Homeowner Assistance Nonprofit Housing Corporation on the study.