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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Right to Farm Act can preempt local regulation authority, but not all local regulations

    August 26, 2014 | Kurt H. Schindler | Many statutes and laws result in limiting local government’s ability to adopt and enforce regulations. Most are straightforward, but the Right to Farm Act preemption is confusing, changing and only preempts local regulation of certain things.

  • Time to require training and certification of your zoning administrator

    August 26, 2014 | Kurt H. Schindler | Zoning has become more complex. The zoning administrator, responsible for the day-to-day operation of a zoning ordinance, should have a higher degree of skill and training. This article suggests ways to accomplish that.

  • Crowdfunding placemaking

    August 13, 2014 | Brad Neumann | For years, crowdfunding has been a popular way to raise money to develop the latest gadgets. Now, Michigan communities can utilize crowdfunding to launch placemaking projects for economic development.

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