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E-M:/ Report calls for overhauling land-use laws

 I don't think I ever saw this posted. To view the whole report, go to the Michigan Society of Planning website at http://www.planningmi.org/resources/New%20Directions.pdf

Report calls for overhauling land-use laws

Wednesday, April 07, 2004

By Edward Hoogterp
Lansing Bureau

LANSING - Michigan's outdated and confusing land-use laws must be completely rewritten if the state is ever to get a handle on urban sprawl, according to a study released today by a group representing local planning commission members. 

In a 75-page report, the Michigan Society of Planning calls on the Legislature to adopt statewide land-use goals, consolidate planning and zoning statutes, revise the land-division act, strengthen local and regional land-use plans, make it harder to force referendums on zoning issues and take other action to protect farmland and open space.


Amy Spray, Consultant for Natural Resources

People and Land Assistant Program Manager


Public Sector Consultants Inc.

600 W. Saint Joseph St. Suite 10

Lansing, MI 48933-2267

Phone: 517.484.4954

Fax: 517.484.6549