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Smart Growth Policy Reform in Michigan

Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities

  • Program Environment
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $90,000
  • Grant Period August 1, 2003–July 31, 2006
  • Location Traverse City, MI, United States
  • Geographic Focus Michigan

About this grant

Recent awareness of the cost of sprawling, inefficient land-use patterns in Michigan has directed attention to the need for public policies that promote reinvestment in cities and older suburbs, regional strategies to enhance metropolitan equity, and tools to protect farmland and open space. In addition, the formation of the bipartisan Michigan Land Use Leadership Council in early 2003 sparked interest in addressing sprawl at the state level.Multiyear funding will support a project to increase reporting and media coverage that informs the public and local and state officials about smart growth activities and the work of the council; encourage collaboration with other organizations working on land-use issues across Michigan; cultivate new support for land-use policy reforms within business, local government and agricultural sectors; and provide information resources that enable citizens to understand the issues and become engaged.The Michigan Land Use Institute, founded in 1995, is a nonprofit economic and environmental policy research organization.