Sharon Township Planning Commission Chair Kathy Speigel wants to help farmers raising local food in Sharon Township. So when local farmers asked if they could add a distillery or solar energy generation to supplement their farm operations, Carlisle|Wortman Planner Megan Masson-Minock suggested that the commission update the zoning ordinance to allow value-added and other activities […]
“Customers aren’t just comparing you to your competitors anymore. They are comparing you to the best service they have ever received – from any company they do business with,” we read in Forbes. Community leaders are consumers, too, and want to give the same high level of service at city hall as they expect from […]
Use the stats and tools in this article to make your case for more sensible (lower) parking requirements in your community.
Following up on last month’s guest column by Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim tells us what planners can do to anticipate and mitigate changes in the retail sector.
Carlisle/Wortman’s top 10 2017 blog posts: Signs, RTFA, fracking, economic development, invasive species, civic engagement and pocket parks.
Local communities, not Lansing, should control zoning for short-term rentals.
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 powerful anecdote puts a face on the dilemma of aging in a community designed around cars.
An entry from Carlisle/Wortman Associates’ glossary of planning terms, provided free to all clients.
Here’s a seminal case study on urban agriculture by Michigan food policy expert Megan Masson-Minock.