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 […]
Congratulations to our client, the City of Plymouth and its downtown development authority. The conversion of a historic downtown post office into a boutique grocery store has earned them the 2018 Michigan Downtown Association award for Best Economic Development Project over $1 million.
By Lauren Carlson Over the past 10 years I’ve seen so much great innovation in the public engagement processes that planners use to help communities build consensus on their futures. One of my favorite tools, because of the unique process and individualized outcome, is the charrette as created by the National Charrette Institute (NCI), now […]
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 […]
If you only take one idea away from this post, make it this: Subscribe to the Strong Towns newsletter. It inspired this post on our blog last fall about how planners can accommodate older residents. Today it prompts us to write about traffic congestion. This essay gives two reasons why the American approach to congestion […]
Throughout Michigan we find 36-square-mile townships, many of which want to preserve their rural character, surrounding villages or cities that want to concentrate development around existing infrastructure. A joint master plan, like the one Carlisle/Wortman Associates completed for Manchester Township and the Village of Manchester a year ago, can help both communities accomplish their goals. […]
When the Plymouth Downtown Development Authority sought a developer for a new, multi-use project that included a public parking deck, they turned to Carlisle/Wortman Associates Principal Sally Elmiger to help them vet the proposals. The DDA purchased a two-acre property on the southeast corner of W. Ann Arbor Trail and Deer Street that contained a […]
Carlisle/Wortman Associates has hired planner Tyler Lasser as a GIS technician.
Ann Arbor Township and Washtenaw County shared SEMCOG’s Regional Showcase Award for connecting two regional trails to the Matthaei Botanical Gardens.
Carlisle Wortman’s Dick Carlisle is leading the effort to establish a Michigan chapter of Best Buddies, a nonprofit serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.