In 2011 and 2012, the Planning & Zoning Center conducted a series of public meetings and local government workshops as part of grant funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
With the help of the PZC Project Team and other local watershed groups, the PZC organized and led three public meetings in the Cass, Rifle and Pigeon/Pinnebog River Sub-Watersheds from April 21-28, 2011. These meetings were a catalyst for local citizens and stakeholder groups to learn how local planning, zoning and coordinated efforts among various stakeholder groups can play a larger part in protecting and improving water quality in the entire Saginaw Bay region. Subsequent public meetings on this project were held in December 2011 and June 2012.
Nine local government workshops (three within each of the three sub-watersheds) were held in 2011 and 2012 for the purpose of educating local elected officials and planning commissioners on what they can do to protect water quality in their communities. Sessions focused on the development of water quality protection measures in local master plans and zoning ordinances. This was done by providing sample language for master plans and zoning ordinances for contemporary Best Management Practices.