The Carlisle/Wortman blog has shared planning information and ideas since 2010. The top stories from 2018 include some new content plus our greatest hits.
A new website brings attention to Code Enforcement Services, a subsidiary of Carlisle/Wortman Associates.
Dick Carlisle takes on two bills that would treat short term rentals as a permitted use in any zone and preempt communities’ ability to regulate them.
A U.S. Supreme Court decision says that municipalities can’t regulate signs based on their content but location, composition and duration can still apply.
How to avoid lawsuits, half-finished buildings, appeals, re-inspections, angry owners? Thorough, informed building plan reviews protect your reputation and your sanity.
Planning professionals and commissioners will appreciate this clear approach to reviewing a site plan. Best advice: Find a quiet place where you can spread out and work without interruptions.
Managing and enforcing zoning should be the zoning administrator’s primary – or only – job.
The conversion of a beautiful, historic barn in Michigan’s Scio Township into a special events hall drove the township to create a zoning category that provides a new and unique way to protect and preserve agricultural land.
Local governments must make themselves desirable places for knowledge workers, and that requires different tools than those with which we once chased smokestacks.