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Upcoming meetings focus on building local support for shaping state land use
“Setting the Course for Land Use Policy in Michigan”

EAST LANSING, Dec. 13, 2002 - Local land use initiatives are surfacing
across the state, but what is happening at the state level and what can
local leaders do to get involved in shaping Michigan’s smart growth and land
preservation efforts?
A series of six regional forums, “Setting the Course for Land Use Policy in
Michigan,” are scheduled between Jan. 5 and Jan. 13 for anyone interested in
learning about local land use efforts, what other parts of the state are
doing and how to stand up and be heard at the state level. The meetings are
funded through a grant by People and Land and are being hosted by Michigan
Land Use Partners (MLUP), a statewide initiative to further positive land
use efforts in Michigan.
“With a new governor, there is good reason to believe that there is an
opportunity to create a new vision for land use in Michigan,” said Scott
Everett, director of the Central Great Lakes Region of American Farmland
Trust and a MLUP member. “There are numerous grass-roots efforts across the
state. These meetings are designed to share information, bring people
together on a regional level and create greater statewide momentum for land
use policies that preserve farmland, encourage urban redevelopment and
innovative new growth strategies.”
The meetings are free and open to the public. Registration is not required.
Directions are available online at
“These meetings will allow local leaders to network,” explained Dr. David
Skjaerlund of Rural Partners of Michigan and a MLUP member. “We’ll also
discuss how to handle some of the challenges in addressing land use,
including opposing special interest groups.”
Central, January 6, 6:30-9 p.m.
Alaiedon Township Hall
2021 W. Holt Rd.
Mason, MI  48854
Contact: Stacy Sheridan (517) 702-1530

Southeast, January 7, 6:30-9 p.m.
Human Services of Lenawee County
(Extension Office) Adrian
1040 S. Winter St.
Adrian, MI  49221
Contact: Jennifer Vincent (517) 324-9276

West, January 8, 6:30-9 p.m.
Alpine Township Hall
5255 Alpine Ave. NW
Comstock Park, MI  49321
NW corner of 6 Mile Rd.
Contact: Dennis Pennington (616) 948-4862

Southwest, January 9, 6:30-9 p.m.
Michigan Technical Education Center at Kalamazoo Valley Community College
(Mtec Ctr. @ KVCC)
7107 Elm Valley Dr.
Kalamazoo, MI  49003
Contact: Jennifer Bomba (269) 781-9841

East, January 11, 9 a.m. to Noon
Yale High School
247 School Dr.
Yale, MI  48097
Contact: Bill Vandercook (810) 664-0895 ext. 3

Northwest, January 13, 6:30-9 p.m.
MSU Horticulture Research Station
6686 South Center Hwy.
Traverse City, MI  49684
Contact: Doug Krieger (989) 834-0146


Mary Beth Doyle, MPH
Environmental Health Project
Ecology Center
117 N. Division
Ann Arbor MI 48104

734-663-2400 ext 108
734-663-2414 (fax)

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