Planning and Zoning for Watershed Protection: Tools for Local Officials

Date: April 24, 2013 - May 2, 2013
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, 500 W. Fletcher St., Alpena, MI 49707
Contact: Northeast Michigan Council of Governments, 989-705-3730,

Northeast Michigan is blessed with outstanding water resources. Protecting those lakes, streams and wetlands is vital for economic development.This special two-part workshop will help local elected and appointed planning and zoning officials learn about basic planning and zoning practices, water resources in Northeast Michigan, and specific techniques for water resource protection.

Part 1: Thursday, April 25. Planning and zoning refresher:

Applying best practices for watershed protection requires an excellent working knowledge of basic planning and zoning laws and their application. This session will highlight basic planning and zoning enabling legislation, master planning, zoning practice and recent legislative changes.

Part 2, Thursday, May 2: Best planning and zoning practices for watershed protection:

This session will introduce specific planning and zoning techniques to promote economic development while protecting water quality. The second session builds on the first one, so participant should plan to attend both.

All attendees will receive two outstanding reference publications. Thanks to a grant from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the registration fee for this program is only $20 per person, covering both parts of the workshop, materials and refreshments. This event is sponsored by the Northeast Michigan Council of Governments and Michigan State University Extension. Preregistration is required. This same program is also offered in Gaylord on April 24 and May 1.

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