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March 4, 2015 | Brenda Long | Nearly 600,000 foreclosed homeowners will be receiving supplemental payments from Rust Consulting.
March 4, 2015 | Brad Neumann | Communities with zoning must regularly update their ordinance to reduce legal risk. The process for doing so is not difficult, but it is detailed and requires adopting an amending ordinance.
March 3, 2015 | Gerald May | Community Considerations for Raising Livestock in Populated Areas is a workshop discussing local planning for livestock facilities in urban and suburban areas.
February 24, 2015 | Brad Neumann | A statewide series of placemaking workshops delivered as part of the MIplace Partnership Initiative will help communities improve quality of life and economic prosperity.
February 24, 2015 | Brenda Long | Michigan’s four new foreclosure laws are aimed to prevent foreclosure, keep people in their homes, increase property tax revenues and prevent delinquent taxpayers from purchasing additional foreclosed properties.
February 24, 2015 | Kurt H. Schindler | Michigan law provides three options for who decides to issue zoning permits. There is a way to determine which option is best for a local government to use.
February 24, 2015 | Kurt H. Schindler | Michigan zoning is set up to mimic the three branches of federal government with separation of powers. But it is not done perfectly, and requires some careful consideration when thinking about how things are done in your community.
February 18, 2015 | Kurt H. Schindler | The Federal Communication Commission issued new rules on regulation of wireless communication facilities. The rules continue to restrict local government’s ability to regulate wireless antenna and tower placement.
February 11, 2015 | Brad Neumann | Solar energy systems are increasingly common around the nation. Local governments can help this technology expand through proactive planning and reasonable regulation.
January 26, 2015 | Kurt H. Schindler | Zoning ordinances are often not very flexible, requiring neighborhoods or commercial areas to appear the same. Planned unit development is one tool which can provide more flexibility and innovation for development.
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Date: Mar 22, 2015 - Mar 25, 2015
Location: Quality Inn, 3121 E. Grand River, Lansing, MI 48912
Date: Mar 23, 2015 - May 31, 2015
Date: Mar 28, 2015
Location: Cranbrook Institute of Science West Entrance, Multipurpose Room 39221 Woodward Avenue Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
- 2014 Statewide Ballot Proposal
- Addressing School District Fiscal Stress in Michigan
- Detroit Consent Agreement and Emergency Manager Laws
- F65 Fiscal Data Portal
- Lansing-East Lansing Metro Region Fiscal Scorecard
- Municipal Bankruptcy
- Parliamentary procedure resources
- Planning & Zoning Center at MSU
- Statewide Ballot Proposals 2012 (GE49)