Up next: Micro-units and dorms for grown-ups?

“Rental rates are out of reach for Michigan residents,” said a June 13 Community and Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM) news release reporting the results of a new report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC). The report says that the market rate for a two-bedroom apartment in Michigan is $876 a month […]

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CWA will help Ferndale plan a food-based campus

By Megan Masson-Minock, AICP The Michigan Municipal League has contracted with Carlisle/Wortman Associates to help the city of Ferndale develop a food-based campus on vacant industrially-zoned land on the east side of the city. The study’s funds come from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Project specifications: Analyze the space and usage gaps/demand of Ferndale’s existing […]

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Two sources of green infrastructure information plus a work in process

By Sally Elmiger and Laura Kreps Using green infrastructure or low impact development (LID) solutions for stormwater in developed areas has long been considered too difficult and expensive to implement.  However, the EPA has put together a guidebook describing 12 case studies that show local governments, developers, and other stakeholders what is possible and how […]

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Good graphics improve planning processes

Planners talk about creating a sense of place. Local governments want development that is consistent with the community character. Developers want successful projects and shorter timelines. Our master plans and zoning ordinances call for high quality development, context-sensitive design, compatible building types and land uses and unifying streetscape elements. But what does that look like? […]

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