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Michigan currently has seven planning and zoning enabling acts.8 The Michigan Chapter of the American Planning Association(MAPA) has suggested unification of all seven statutes into one unified planning enabling statute with clear legal authority.9 Other recommendations include a growth mangement system which would implement consistency between local decisions and state goals and objectives, concurrency between project approval and existing infrastructure, the promotion of compact urban growth patterns, provisions for affordable housing, and natural resource protection.10 Among other things, this type of growth management system requires strong political leadership, a comprehensive state land use system, and an advocacy organization, such as a 1000 Friends of Michigan group.11
During the 1997 legislative session, two land bills were introduced. One would have provided for township planning and the creation of township planning commissions.12 The second initiative, enacted into law, provides for planning at the city, village and municipal levels, the creation of planning commissions, and the regulation and subdivision of land.13
The above material is excerpted with permission from "Smart Growth at Century's End: The State of the States" by Patricia E. Salkin, published in The Urban Lawyer, Sumr 1999 v 31 n 3, p. 601. For a complete copy of the article, please contact The Urban Lawyer.
Brownfield Tax Credit
"The Price of Sprawl," The Detroit News. June 6, 2001.
"Poll: Most Favor Transit," The Detroit News April 23, 2001.
"A river runs through our future," Detroit Free Press. April 1, 2001.
"Make Mass Transit Work," The Detroit News (Editorial). March 27, 2001.
"Railways Reveal Nature: Rails-to-Trails Open to Walking, Jogging, Cycling," The Detroit News. March 23, 2001.
"Townships Embrace Simple Life: New Urbanism Calls for a Slow-Pace and Improved Downtown Business Areas," The Detroit News. March 19, 2001.
"Odometer tax proposal likely to stall," The Detroit News. March 9, 2001.
"Visions of Green: Fundraising Efforts Target Development of Region's Natural, Recreational Resources," The Detroit News. March 1, 2001
"Cost of Containing Sprawl Splits County: Macomb Fights Over Farmland," The Detroit News. February 28, 2001.
"Sterling Heights offers cleanup help. It joins other cities creating tax breaks to eliminate brownfields" The Detroit News. December 27, 2000.
"U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is second in a year to criticize Grand Traverse County Road Commission's $1 million bridge study," Michigan Land Use Institute. December 6, 2000.
"Churches Unite to Lobby Lansing." The Detroit News. July 24, 2000.
Michigan Land Use Institute
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1 "Michigan's Environment and Relative Risk," released by Governor John Engler in June 1992.
2 "Toward Integrated Land Use Planning," Planning and Zoning News, Vol. 14, No. 5, March 1996, p. 5-6.
3 Id. at 6.
4 Id. at 8.
5 Id. at 8-9
6 Id. at 11-12.
7 Id. at 12.
8 The Municipal Planning Act: the Township Planning Act; the County Planning Act; the Regional Planning Act; the Township Rural Zoning Act; the County Rural Zoning Enabling Act; and the City-Village Zoning Act. House Republican Policy Committee Task Force Report on Land Use, April 1994, p.3.
10 DeGrove, John M. "State Growth Management Systems That Integrate and Coordinate Land Use Planning: An Overview," Land Use Issues and Alternatives, Planning and Zoning News, Vol. 14, No. 3, January 1996, p.9.
11 Id at 10.
12 1997 MI H.B. 5149. This bill was intorduced into the legislature on September 30, 1997. No further action was taken.
13 1997 MI H.B. 4034 amends 1983 PA 285; and MCL 125.32 and 125.33.