The Michigan Association of Planning (MAP) and Michigan Municipal League (MML) joined their annual conferences September 19-21. Carlisle/Wortman Associates sponsored the Friday keynote luncheon, provided speakers for three sessions and saw two clients honored in MAP’s annual Planning Excellence Awards.
Dick Carlisle was a panelist in the general session “Townhall Live! Bridging the Gap Between Local and State Government” organized by Bridge Magazine and The Center for Michigan. John Enos joined other consultants in a session advising communities how to write effective request for proposals (Here’s that presentation) and Paul Montagno presented “Help! Can We Really Afford What We Want to Build?” which explored the long term municipal fiscal cost of building new infrastructure.
The firm successfully nominated two clients for awards. The Bay City Master Plan received the Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan and Pittsfield Township Supervisor Mandy Grewal received the Outstanding Community Administrator award.
Captions clockwise, starting from top left. 1. Paul Montagno with Terry Moultane, AICP, planning and zoning manager for Bay City and City Commission President Andrew Niedzinski. 2. Dick Carlisle, Laura Kreps and John Enos in CWA’s booth. 3. Pittsfield Township Supervisor Mandy Grewal with John and Laura. 4. Our team: Dick, Paul, Sally Elmiger, John and Laura. 5. Paul Montagno with Saline City Councilperson Christen Mitchell. 6. Dick, second from right, in the Center for Michigan panel.
In the Bay City plan, each topical chapter (housing and neighborhoods, connections, resiliency and infrastructure) can be used as a stand-alone policy. Community leaders learned new methods of community engagement and the process resulted in broadly-supported new policies for the community’s future.
. This plan was one of six pilot plans that received a grant from MDEG through MAP to develop a resiliency based comprehensive plan for coastal communities.
Mandy Grewal has initiated, overseen and implemented multiple planning projects in Pittsfield Township including the 2010 master plan, the zoning ordinance rewrite in 2014 and most recently a joint recreation and master plan. Due to her support and promotion of planning, Pittsfield has experienced an expansion of its multi-modal network, a public arts program, agricultural preservation, and installation of high-speed fiber connectivity. She serves on many boards and commissions including SEMCOG and Ann Arbor SPARK.