Planning and Zoning *A*Syst

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1.Community Planning & Zoning Audit, Basic Setup

A performance audit on the Basic Setup (E-3051) to make sure your planning commission, and zoning board of appeals are set up properly a system is in place to make sure the community keeps up-to-date. By Brad Neumann, Land Policy Educator, MSU Extension, St. Joseph County; Kurt H. Schindler, Regional Land Use Educator, Northwest Michigan; and Jasneet Sharma, Land Policy Educator, Hillsdale and Lenawee counties.

Community Planning & Zoning Audit, Basic Setup

2.Community Planning & Zoning Audit, The Plan

A performance audit on the The Plan (E-3052) reviews the process of plan and plan amendment adoption (to make sure that it was done properly) and a review of an existing plan to determine if it needs to be updated, and reviews what should be in a plan. By Brad Neumann, Land Policy Educator, MSU Extension, St. Joseph County; Kurt H. Schindler, Regional Land Use Educator, Northwest Michigan; and Jasneet Sharma, Land Policy Educator, Hillsdale and Lenawee counties.

Community Planning & Zoning Audit, The Plan

3.Community Planning & Zoning Audit, Planning Coordination

A performance audit on the Planning Coordination (E-3053) covers the process of coordination with neighboring government planning (review of each other’s plans); coordination with state, federal and other government agencies; coordination practices; and joint planning commissions. By Brad Neumann, Land Policy Educator, MSU Extension, St. Joseph County; Kurt H. Schindler, Regional Land Use Educator, Northwest Michigan; and Jasneet Sharma, Land Policy Educator, Hillsdale and Lenawee counties.

Community Planning & Zoning Audit, Planning Coordination

4.Community Planning & Zoning Audit, The Zoning Ordinance

A performance audit on the The Zoning Ordinance (E-3054) reviews the process of zoning ordinance and zoning amendment adoption (to make sure that it was done properly) and what needs to be in the file to document that the proper steps were taken. This publication also reviews what should be in a zoning ordinance. By Brad Neumann, Land Policy Educator, MSU Extension, St. Joseph County; Kurt H. Schindler, Regional Land Use Educator, Northwest Michigan; and Jasneet Sharma, Land Policy Educator, Hillsdale and Lenawee counties. 

Community Planning & Zoning Audit, The Zoning Ordinance

5.Community Planning & Zoning Audit, Administrative Structure

A performance audit on the Administrative Structure (E-3055) provides a performance audit for the operation of the planning commission, zoning administrator, and zoning board of appeals. It covers office procedures, job descriptions, filing systems, bylaws, rules of procedure, compliance with the Open Meetings Act, minutes, and process for meetings and decision making. By Brad Neumann, Land Policy Educator, MSU Extension, St. Joseph County; Kurt H. Schindler, Regional Land Use Educator, Northwest Michigan; and Jasneet Sharma, Land Policy Educator, Hillsdale and Lenawee counties.

Community Planning & Zoning Audit, Administrative Structure

6.Community Planning & Zoning Audit, Special Land Uses

A performance audit on the Special Land Uses (E-3056) provides a review of the administrative structure for handling special use permits: pre applications, applications, public notification, record keeping, and use of standards in making decisions. By Brad Neumann, Land Policy Educator, MSU Extension, St. Joseph County; Kurt H. Schindler, Regional Land Use Educator, Northwest Michigan; and Jasneet Sharma, Land Policy Educator, Hillsdale and Lenawee counties.

Community Planning & Zoning Audit, Special Land Uses

7.Community Planning & Zoning Audit, Planned Unit Development

A performance audit on the Planned Unit Development (E-3057) provides a review of the administrative structure for handling planned unit development handled as a special use permit and as a zoning amendment: pre-applications, applications, public notification, record keeping, and use of standards in making special use decisions or basis in the plan for zoning amendment decisions. By Brad Neumann, Land Policy Educator, MSU Extension, St. Joseph County; Kurt H. Schindler, Regional Land Use Educator, Northwest Michigan; and Jasneet Sharma, Land Policy Educator, Hillsdale and Lenawee counties.

Community Planning & Zoning Audit, Planned Unit Development

8.Community Planning & Zoning Audit, Site Plan Review

A performance audit on the Site Plan Review (E-3058) provides a review of the administrative structure for handling site plan reviews: applications, public notification, record keeping, and use of standards in making decisions. By Brad Neumann, Land Policy Educator, MSU Extension, St. Joseph County; Kurt H. Schindler, Regional Land Use Educator, Northwest Michigan; and Jasneet Sharma, Land Policy Educator, Hillsdale and Lenawee counties. 

Community Planning & Zoning Audit, Site Plan Review

9.Capital Improvement Programming

Capital Improvement Program (E-3104) provides a review of the process of creating an annual capital improvement program (CIP). By Jasneet Sharma, Land Policy Educator, Hillsdale and Lenawee counties; Brad Neumann, Land Policy Educator, MSU Extension, St. Joseph County; and Kurt H. Schindler, Regional Land Use Educator, Northwest Michigan. 

Capital Improvement Programming

10.Subdivision and Land Splitting Reviews

Subdivision and Land Splitting Reviews (E-3105) provides a review of the administrative structure for handling land divisions, subdivisions or plats, site-condominiums, lot splits, and certified plats: pre application meetings with the developer, public notification, plat review, record keeping, and use of standards in making decisions. By Kurt H. Schindler, Regional Land Use Educator, Northwest Michigan; Brad Neumann, Land Policy Educator, MSU Extension, St. Joseph County; and Jasneet Sharma, Land Policy Educator, Hillsdale and Lenawee counties. 

Subdivision and Land Splitting Reviews

11.Capital Improvements Review

Capital Improvements Review (E-3106) provides a review of the process for the planning commission to review and comment on local government construction projects (which are otherwise not subject to zoning), and outlines how this review can be used as a constructive way to ensure that government-funded projects comply with the adopted plan and local ordinances. By Brad Neumann, Land Policy Educator, MSU Extension, St. Joseph County; Kurt H. Schindler, Regional Land Use Educator, Northwest Michigan; and Jasneet Sharma, Land Policy Educator, Hillsdale and Lenawee counties.

Capital Improvements Review