Planner’s Moments is a project designed to give local planning officials a low-cost, easy way to learn more about important planning topics during their regularly schedules meetings.
Local land use experts recorded a series of twelve, 15-minute video DVDs or audio CDs on a variety of current land use and smart growth topics. These DVDs/CDs are available to play at the beginning of a planning commission meeting, one each month or as often as the planning commission meets. Additional fact sheets and other information are included for each planning commission member.
This project is sponsored by Michigan State University Extension in cooperation with the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments, Charlevoix and Emmet County Planning Departments and H.A.R.B.O.R., Inc.
Funding for Planner’s Moments was provided by the Charlevoix County Community Foundation and the Petoskey Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation.
Each Session is 15 minutes long and includes the following topics:
Session 1: Introduction to Smart Growth
Session 2: Workforce Housing
Session 3: Farmland Protection
Session 4: Why Master Plans Sit on the Shelf
Session 5: Joint Planning
Session 6: Access Management
Session 7: Creating Active Communities
Session 8: Density Defined
Session 9: Growth Boundaries
Session 10: How to Conduct an Effective Public Hearing
Session 11: Farmland Protection Perspectives
Session 12: Shoreline Buffers
Communities can receive hard copies of each session. Planner's Moments are available on-line.
New Designs for Growth
As part of the New Designs for Growth program, the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments is pleased to announce the release of planning resource guides for those that would like to become involved in the planning process. These guides are available on-line.
These documents are intended to provide basic information to citizens that haven’t been closely involved in the planning process, but would like to learn more about how the process works in their community. Included in this attachment are four fact sheets outlining basic planning information, as well A Citizen’s Guide to Planning and Zoning, which is a longer document for those that would like more detailed information. Please note that this is introductory information only, and citizens are encouraged to take advantage of other resources that are identified in the documents.