Public Policy News Archive

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October, 2016

  • Starting a home occupation can be quick and easy through minimized regulation

    October 31, 2016 | Kurt Schindler | A community can make starting a home occupation easy to do by minimizing regulation. Changing zoning to allow home occupations to automatically be part of a dwelling can help economic development.

  • Beware of zombie planning commissioners this Halloween

    October 24, 2016 | Brad Neumann | When one member of a planning commission attends training, they sometimes return to the next meeting with the others staring as if they'd been abducted, filled with ‘alien’ information, and turned back to the community as some sort of zombie.

  • Zoning approvals should be prompt

    October 24, 2016 | Kurt Schindler | A zoning decision should be prompt and without any undue delay. Incorporating deadlines for decisions into a zoning ordinance, or office policy, is a best practice.

  • What does a drain commissioner do?

    October 21, 2016 | Eric Walcott | Make sure you know the job you’re voting for on Election Day.

  • Extraordinary governance for county boards

    October 19, 2016 | John Amrhein | Key points for all boards to ensure top-notch governance for your county.

  • New County Commissioner Workshop registration now open

    October 12, 2016 | John Amrhein | MSU Extension and the Michigan Association of Counties co-sponsor the 2016 New County Commissioner Workshops for newly elected commissioners, experienced commissioners, elected officials, and staff interested in learning more about county government.

  • The one question every municipality should ask itself before adopting an ordinance

    October 11, 2016 | Ryan Coffey | There are many considerations when developing and adopting a new ordinance, but perhaps the most important of all is determining whether the municipality has the will to enforce the new zoning regulations.

  • Walkability is key to economic development

    October 10, 2016 | Brad Neumann | In the New Economy, it is all about creating communities with amenities and high quality of life to retain and attract talent. Talented individuals, who are mobile and can live anywhere, want a walkable, bikeable community to call home.

  • Looking to boost tourism revenue? Start with placemaking

    October 10, 2016 | Brad Neumann | In the New Economy, placemaking must be part of an economic development strategy. For the tourism industry, businesses and communities can enhance the tourist experience through placemaking, which serves as a population attraction strategy.

  • Engaging community stakeholders for water quality in lakes

    October 10, 2016 | Ryan Coffey | When conducting water quality studies on local lakes, it is important to have sound scientific methods guiding the investigative process. Equally important is the need to reach out to community members who have a vested interest in the health of the lake.

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