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  • The precautionary principle: Good or bad?

    October 14, 2014 | Steve Lovejoy | Life is full of costs and benefits, the best actions are those that maximize benefits and minimize costs. Playing it safe is not always the best policy!

  • Parliamentary “requests”: Part 2

    September 23, 2014 | Bethany Prykucki | Differentiating between a Parliamentary Inquiry and a Request for Information.

  • Conflict of Interest rules apply to all communities, regardless of size

    September 22, 2014 | Kurt H. Schindler | Often a small community struggles to avoid a “conflict of interest” situation – particularly hard because of its small size. But there are not any exceptions or special dispensation due to the size of a community.

  • FEMA offers disaster resources for tribal communities

    September 22, 2014 | Elaine M. Bush | Tribal members can learn how to prepare themselves and family members for an emergency by visiting Ready Indian Country.

  • Streamlining the zoning ordinance

    September 22, 2014 | Kurt H. Schindler | Zoning can be confusing and hard to understand. There are several zoning streamlining techniques to make zoning easier to understand and use.

  • Land Division Act basics for landowners

    September 22, 2014 | Brad Neumann | Current and prospective owners of land in Michigan will benefit from understanding some basics of the Land Division Act.

  • Property taxes 101 part two: Administration

    September 8, 2014 | Terry Gibb | Everyone pays property taxes but many citizens do not understand the process used to determine their tax bill.

  • Property taxes 101

    September 4, 2014 | Terry Gibb | The role of government is to provide for the health, safety and welfare of its citizens. To fulfill this role, governments at all levels need resources to provide goods and services.

  • Rural Smart Growth to reinforce regional placemaking: Part 2

    August 27, 2014 | Brad Neumann | Regions are the smallest geographic unit of sustainable growth and development. Rural Smart Growth strategies combined with urban Placemaking efforts contribute to a region’s quality of life and sense of place.

  • Rural Smart Growth to reinforce regional placemaking: Part 1

    August 27, 2014 | Brad Neumann | Regions are the smallest geographic unit of sustainable growth and development. Rural Smart Growth strategies combined with urban Placemaking efforts contribute to a region’s quality of life and sense of place.

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