Mid-Michigan is blessed with the Michigan Avenue/Grand River Avenue Corridor, which is the Lansing Region’s “main street.” Traversing eight jurisdictions, the Corridor includes the State Capitol, central business districts, regional health science clusters, internationally recognized educational institutions, suburban shopping districts and seven of the region’s 10 largest employers. This corridor (extending all the way to Webberville) was part of a HUD Sustainable Communities grant to the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission from 2011-2014 that resulted in the Mid-Michigan Program for Greater Sustainability, for which the Land Policy Institute was one of several partners. As part of MMPGS, the Corridor was studied to identify opportunities for many placemaking projects that would support Bus Rapid Transit along most of the Corridor.
The Corridor was also examined to identify a wide range of sustainable community best practices that would become part of a portfolio developed using examples from this Corridor. The resulting Corridor Design Portfolio, produced by LPI, highlights 159 common techniques that communities use today to meet sustainability needs. Designed for online distribution only, the 420-page Corridor Design Portfolio focuses predominantly on the built environment and placemaking. This publication includes five main chapters (Livability, Governance, Environment, Community and Economy), and features a multitude of links to other websites and online resources.
The LPI’s Planning & Zoning Center provided facilitation support for two charrettes that occurred in the Corridor to create a unified vision and design elements to spur implementation. The PZC supported these charrettes by providing technical assistance, consulting services and helping engage local stakeholders.