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A Behavioral Approach to Avoid Regulatory Takings

This outlines the type of behavior local zoning authorities engage in which are likely to get them in trouble for taking a persons property without just compensation. The pamphlet outlines three ways that happens and techniques to stay out of such trouble. This has been updated to reflect P.A. 110 of 2006, as amended, (being the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act, M.C.L. 125.3101 et seq.). 7 pp.



Administering Township Zoning: A Basic Guide for Citizens and Local Officials

This is the second edition. It has been updated by Mark Wyckoff and Kristine Williams based on statutory and case law changes since the first edition, prepared in 1979 and contains information through the July 1990 legislative session.

The first edition was edited and supplemented by Mark Wyckoff from a text originally prepared by Ronald Lee, when he was a planner at the West Michigan Regional Planning Commission. CES is jointly publishing this second edition with the Michigan Society of Planning Officials. The guidebook borrow thoughts, ideas, phrases and graphics liberally from other smiliar documents prepared by public planners in many other states over the past thrity years.

64 pages



Are We Supporting Sprawl Through Aid to High-Growth Communities? Revisiting the 1998 State Revenue Sharing Formula Changes

This publication describes a 1998 law that changed the way state revenue was distributed among cities, villages, townships and counties. It describes how fast growing communities are benefiting at the expense of Michigans slow-growth central cities and inner ring suburbs? 29 pp.



Better Designs for Development in Michigan: Putting conservation into local land use regulations

Discussion of a new way to build residential developments on land so that conservation of the land is maximized while still allowing the developer to benefit. 11 pp.



Can Small Towns Be Cool? Study Translation Paper

"Cool Cities" has become a buzzword among both community and economic development practitioners. This paper reports the results of research on how small towns and rural areas can also be "cool cities". The paper examines the differences between those communities which are teetering on the brink of extinction while others enjoy prosperity. The main body of the paper presents 10 keys for success; the 10 things the communities that enjoy prosperity have in common. They might be viewed as the 10 best practices for community prosperity. 5 pp.



Check List #2; For Adoption of a Zoning Ordinance in Michigan

This series of pamphlets present a chronological step-by-step checklist to walk a county, village and city, or township through the process of adopting a zoning ordinance in Michigan.  The checklist follows Michigan Zoning Enabling Act of 2006 statutory requirements, superceding the old acts as of July 1, 2006.   The checklist also indicates what documentation should be kept on file. Written by Kurt H. Schindler, MSU Extension Regional Land Use Educator. (Please make sure your copy is not dated before May 1, 2008.)



Community Planning & Zoning Audit Site Plan Review

Site Plan Review (E-3058) provides a review of the administrative structure for handling site plan reviews: applications, public notification, record keeping, and use of standards in making decisions.

Brad Neumann, Joseph County, Kurt H. Schindler, Wexford County, Jasneet Sharma, Hillsdale and Lenawee counties. July 2010, 18, PLANNING AND ZONING*A*SYST #8



Conditional Land Transfer Agreements: Michigan's Alternative to Annexation
A review of Michigan's Conditional Land Transfer Act, Public Act 425 of 1984, including its unique land transfer and reversion provisions. 25 pp.

Congress Passes, President Signs the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000. S 2869 of 2000 (106th Congress)
This publication describes the Religious Land use and Institutionalized Persons Act. Includes description of each section of the act and discusses implication for local governments. 5 pp.

County Planning; Its Legal Authority and Coordinated Planning

Plans adopted by a county have a unique position, and function in Michigan – used for coordination between townships, villages, cities and other government agencies. This is done with review of township, village and city plans and township zoning ordinances; review of capital improvement projects undertaken by several different government agencies. This bulletin presents a brief overview of the unique aspects of a county plan. This pamphlet reflects the 2001 amendments to the three planning enabling acts. This has been updated to reflect P.A. 110 of 2006, as amended, (being the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act, M.C.L. 125.3101 et seq.). 8 pp.



Expanding Education and Training Opportunities for Michigan Local Government Land Use Planning Officials
MSU Extension Service
MSU Agricultural Experiment Station
Michigan State University
Research Report RR574

This publication describes how the job of land use decision makers has changed in recent years. It discusses the need for further education and training for planning and zoning officials. Includes sections on land use decision making in Michigan, education through online programming, training method preferred by officials, etc. 27 pp.


Archive copy of bulletin. Do not use for current recommendations. For current recommendations contact your local Michigan Extension office.

Farm A Syst for Michigan Producers

Some farm practices practices present a significant hazard to drinking water supplies, while others present none. The best way to protect drinking water supplies is to prevent contamination rather than to try to clean it up. Farm A Syst is a program that provdes producers with accurate information on how their structures and activities may be affecting groundwater supplies. Provides illustrated graphics, as well as risk assessment charts. 36pp.



Focus on Michigan's Land Use Changes: Aerial Photography - A Space Age Tool for Planning Effective Land Use Change

How to use aerial photography to track and plan land use changes in Michigan. Photographs included for examples. 22 pp.

Archive copy of bulletin. Do not use for current recommendations.



Form Based Codes and Michigan Zoning Enabling Acts

With neo-traditional development, and development attempting to follow traditional patterns, a new type of zoning is starting to catch on in Michigan: Form-Based Code, or Form-Based Zoning. This type of zoning places more emphasis on the design (form) of development and redevelopment and less on the type of use. This pamphlet is to discuss its legal application under Michigan's zoning enabling statutes. By Steve Langworthy formerly of Langworthy Strader LeBlanc & Associates, Inc. This has been updated to reflect P.A. 110 of 2006, as amended, (being the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act, M.C.L. 125.3101 et seq.). (A copy of Michigan's first form based zoning ordinance, Village of Suttons Bay in Leelanau County, is available here.)



How a Planning Commission Should Respond to Submissions

In 2002 Michigan Planning Commissions had another series of steps added to the process of adopting a plan. One of those steps is to solicit comments from neighboring governments on one's own proposed plan. After those submissions are received each should be assessed and action taken. This publication reviews the duty of looking at each submission received and responding to those submissions, how long one waits for submissions, what to do with the comments on one's plan, examples of submissions and responses, as well as other tips. (Please make sure your copy is not dated before December 15, 2006) 6 pp.



How Governments Make Submissions on a Neighbor's or County's Proposed Plan

In 2002 Michigan Planning Commissions received a new duty, to review the plans of neighboring governments and their county's plans. This publication reviews the duty to conducting those reviews, how long you have to do the review, what the review is for, examples of submissions made in review of a plan, what the county planning commission reviews for, as well as other tips. (Please make sure your copy is not dated before December 15, 2006) 6 pp.



How to Deal with Accumulated Junk Problems

Trash, or junk left on the landscape is one of the major issues identified by local government officials in northern Michigan. It is also one of the easier problems to solve. This publication presents a five-activity process a local government can undertake to help reduce the problems associated with accumulated junk. The pamphlet also includes sample zoning amendments and a sample junk ordinance for consideration. This has been updated to reflect P.A. 110 of 2006, as amended, (being the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act, M.C.L. 125.3101 et seq.). 14 pp.



How to Participate in the Zoning Process for Appeals & Variances

A series of three flyers designed to help a neighborhood association, citizen group or other member of the public to be more effective in presenting information at a zoning hearing. The flyer can be used for distribution by an Extension Office and can be used by local government to enclose with notices of a proposed zoning permit, appeal/variance, and amendment. The three flyers cover the three situations. Each is two sides of one sheet of paper. These pamphlets are also handouts for an Extension program intended for an audience of neighborhood association, citizen group or other members of the public to help them be more effective in presenting information at a zoning hearing and influence a zoning decision. These pamphlets were translated into Spanish by PST Translations, Isabel Borgstrom, Interpreter. Spanish language version available here



How to Participate in the Zoning Process for Special Use Permits (including PUD)

A series of three flyers designed to help a neighborhood association, citizen group or other member of the public to be more effective in presenting information at a zoning hearing. The flyer can be used for distribution by an Extension Office and can be used by local government to enclose with notices of a proposed zoning permit, appeal/variance, and amendment. The three flyers cover the three situations. Each is two sides of one sheet of paper. These pamphlets are also handouts for an Extension program intended for an audience of neighborhood association, citizen group or other members of the public to help them be more effective in presenting information at a zoning hearing and influence a zoning decision. These pamplets were translated into Spanish by PST Translations, Isabel Borgstrom, Interpreter. Spanish language version available here



How to Set Permit Fees

This bulletin is a discussion of the philosophy of what should be paid by fees and  what should be covered by general fund moneys.  It also presents work sheets for a municipality to establish zoning, land division, and other permit fees. Written by Kurt H. Schindler, MSU Extension Regional Land Use Educator.



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