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Attendees from the 2017 Zoning Administrator Certificate Program working in groups.

New or “seasoned,” the 2018 Zoning Administrator Certificate Program can apply to you!

Published on October 5, 2017

If you are a new Zoning Administrator, there is no better way to start the position out right than the Zoning Administrator Certificate Program Jan. 18–19, 2018, at the Ramada Grayling Hotel and Conference Center in Grayling.

Photo of Mark Wyckoff.

Wyckoff presented on placemaking for quality places at 2017 Oakland Heritage Conference

Published on October 5, 2017

Mark Wyckoff, interim director of the MSU Land Policy Institute, gave the opening address on “Placemaking for Quality Places” on Sept. 15 at the Heritage Conference 2017 kickoff in South Lyon.

MSU Detroit Center building.

Three MSU Urban & Regional Planning faculty spoke at IGLUS training in Detroit

Published on October 5, 2017

The IGLUS hosted the Detroit-NYC module Sept. 4-15, 2017, where three MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC) faculty presented during a five-day seminar.

No wake zone on Lake St. Clair, MI, showing several recreational boats forming a chain with boaters relaxing on board and a U.S. Coast Guard vessel ensuring boaters and swimmers safety.

RTI International and MSU receive $1.5M grant from U.S. Coast Guard to conduct the National Recreational Boating Survey

Published on August 31, 2017

RTI International and the MSU Center for Economic and Spatial Analysis for Planning and Management in the Land Policy Institute recently received funding from the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) to conduct the National Recreational Boating Survey.

Back by popular demand. . . the ZAC Program and the Michigan Citizen Planner Program

Published on August 29, 2017

The LPI’s Planning & Zoning Center will offer the next Zoning Administrator Certificate (ZAC) Program Jan. 18–19, 2018, at the Ramada Grayling Hotel and Conference Center in Grayling.

Photo of Mark Wyckoff, interim director of the Land Policy Institute.

LPI’s Wyckoff to present at Innovative Governance of Large Urban Systems training in September

Published on August 29, 2017

On Sept. 13, 2017, Mark Wyckoff, LPI’s interim director will present on Planning and Regulating Vacant Land for Open Space and Green Development in Legacy Cities at the IGLUS training in Detroit.

Photo of Mark Wyckoff.

LPI’s Wyckoff keynote speaker at Oakland County’s Heritage Conference 2017 in September

Published on August 2, 2017

Oakland County is hosting the Heritage Conference 2017 on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, at The Lyon Theater in South Lyon. The keynote speaker is LPI's Mark Wyckoff. He will discuss strategies of quality placemaking.

Shield graphic element that includes text for the Zoning Administrator Certificate Program.

Register today for Planning & Zoning Center’s 10th annual Zoning Administrator Certificate Program in January

Published on August 2, 2017

The Zoning Administrator Certificate Program will take place Jan. 18–19, 2018, at the Ramada Grayling Hotel and Conference Center in Grayling. The MSU Land Policy Institute’s Planning & Zoning Center is pleased to announce that registration is now open.

Children sitting in kayaks on a lake.

MSU receives $104K grant from USACE to study web-based GIS tool for natural resources management

Published on June 22, 2017

The MSU Land Policy Institute recently received funding from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to study a web-based GIS system in support of USACE’s Visitation Estimation and Reporting System and the Natural Resources Risk Assessment Tool.

Groups participate in the 2017 Zoning Administrator Certificate Program. Photo courtesy of Kurt H. Schindler, AICP.

LPI associates busy sharing knowledge at conferences and workshops over last four months

Published on June 2, 2017

One of the important missions of the Land Policy Institute is to share knowledge from research and outreach with broad audiences to help them solve existing problems and prevent future ones.

Mimi Gong, ORISE fellow with USACE, and LPI geospatial analyst

LPI welcomes ORISE Fellow Mimi Gong to the team

Published on May 2, 2017

The MSU Land Policy Institute is pleased to welcome Mimi Gong to the team. She is an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education fellow working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Marijuana plant in the early flowering/budding stage, growing indoors inside a grow tent. Photo courtesy of MSU Extension.

MSUE & LPI delivered Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act trainings, launch resources web page

Published on May 2, 2017

MSU Extension and the Land Policy Institute recently collaborated to deliver training to more than 800 people on the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act passed in 2016.

Land Bank economic impact: $42.9M

Published on April 28, 2017

The Kent County Land Bank Authority did more than save land, it helped generate $42.9 million in the county during the past four years and was responsible for 266 jobs in the same period.

Community impact assessment of the Kent County Land Bank Authority released

Published on April 26, 2017

Findings from an internal investigation by the Kent County Land Bank authority were released this week, and the study's conclusions were welcome news to county officials.

'Our role is not done,' says Kent County Land Bank chairman

Published on April 25, 2017

Kent County Treasurer Ken Parrish, chairman of the Kent County Land Bank Authority, said there always will be a role for the Kent County Land Bank, which puts blighted and abandoned property back on the market.

Study praises Kent County Land Bank for creating economic impact of $43M

Published on April 25, 2017

The Kent County Land Bank has generated an economic impact of $42.9 million over the past four years, according to a study by Michigan State University Land Policy Institute.

737 Madison Ave. SE in Grand Rapids after a renovation to historic standards. Photo by the Kent County Land Bank Authority.

Study: Kent County Land Bank generates $42.9 million economic impact in four years

Published on April 25, 2017

Over the last four years, the Kent County Land Bank Authority generated $42.9 million in estimated economic impact and 266 jobs in Kent County, according to an economic impact analysis by the MSU Land Policy Institute released today.

URP's Rex Lamore, CANR Dean Ronald Hendrick, MSHDA’s Gary Heidel, MML’s Luke Forrest & Assoc. Provost for UOE Hiram Fitzgerald.

Wyckoff & MIplace team receive MSU Distinguished Partnership Award for Community-Engaged Teaching

Published on April 6, 2017

The MSU University Outreach and Engagement recently held their Awards Ceremony on Feb. 21, 2017.

Sewer covers provide a quick point of access to underground infrastructure in legacy cities.

LPI/SPDC to present joint study on integrated asset management at Green Infrastructure Conf. in May

Published on April 6, 2017

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and its partners are hosting the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Green Infrastructure Conference May 31-Jun. 2, 2017, at the Cobo Center in Detroit.

Mark Wyckoff, Interim Director of LPI, formerly sen. associate director, and current director of Planning & Zoning Center.

Wyckoff to lead MSU Land Policy Institute

Published on March 17, 2017

Michigan State University's Land Policy Institute transitioned to new leadership this month. Dean Ronald Hendrick from CANR named Mark Wyckoff, the senior associate director of LPI since 2006, as interim director of LPI for the balance of 2017.

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