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Administering County Zoning: A Basic Guide for Citizens and Local Officials E-1739

This is an old Extension bulletin (1979, reprinted in 1985) and now out-of-print. This is out-of-date, with changes brought about by the adoption of the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act of 2006. This publication is replaced by Michigan Zoning Guidebook: for Citizens and Local Officials by Mark Wyckoff.

Administering County Zoning: A Basic Guide for Citizens and Local Officials E-1739

Administering Township Zoning: A Basic Guide for Citizens and Local Officials E-1408

This is an old Extension bulletin (1979, revised in 1996) and now out-of-print. This is out-of-date, with changes brought about by the adoption of the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act of 2006. This publication is replaced by Michigan Zoning Guidebook: for Citizens and Local Officials by Mark Wyckoff.

Administering Township Zoning: A Basic Guide for Citizens and Local Officials E-1408

Anti-S.L.A.P.P. Bills introduced in State House

Discussion on law suits filed to stifle public participation at public meetings Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (S.L.A.P.P.). A public policy paper by Gary Taylor.

Anti-S.L.A.P.P. Bills introduced in State House

Check List #C1: For Adoption of a County Plan

This series of pamphlets present a chronological step-by-step checklist to walk a county, village and city, or township through the process of adopting a plan or amending a plan. The checklist followed pre September 1, 2008 Michigan statutory requirements for plan adoption or amendment.  The checklist also indicates what documentation should be kept on file. These reflect the 2001 amendments to the Planning Acts.

For Adoption of a County Plan

Check List #M1: For Adoption of a City and Village Plan

This series of pamphlets present a chronological step-by-step checklist to walk a county, village and city, or township through the process of adopting a plan or amending a plan.  The checklist followed pre September 1, 2008 Michigan statutory requirements for plan adoption or amendment.  The checklist also indicates what documentation should be kept on file.  These reflect the 2001 amendments to the Planning Acts.

For Adoption of a City and Village Plan

Check List #T1: For Adoption of a Township Plan

This series of pamphlets present a chronological step-by-step checklist to walk a county, village and city, or township through the process of adopting a plan or amending a plan.  The checklist followed pre September 1, 2008 Michigan statutory requirements for plan adoption or amendment.  The checklist also indicates what documentation should be kept on file.  These reflect the 2001 amendments to the Planning Acts.

For Adoption of a Township Plan

Check List #3: or Adoption of an Interim Zoning Ordinance in Michigan

This pamphlets present a chronological step-by-step checklist to walk a county, village and city, or township through the process of adopting of an interim zoning ordinance in Michigan. Only a "zoning commission" can recommend adoption of an interim zoning ordinance. However as of July 1, 2011 "zoning commission" no longer exist (powers and duties are transferred to a planning commission) -- and thus interim zoning can no longer be adopted.  The checklist follows Michigan Zoning Enabling Act of 2006 statutory requirements, superceding the old acts as of July 1, 2006.   The checklist also indicates what documentation should be kept on file. Written by Kurt H. Schindler, MSU Extension Regional Land Use EducatorEnabling Act of 2006. This publication is replaced by Michigan Zoning Guidebook: for Citizens and Local Officials by Mark Wyckoff.

For Adoption of an Interim Zoning Ordinance in Michigan

Check List #C2; For Adoption of a County Zoning Ordinance

This pamphlet present a chronological step-by-step checklist to walk a county, village and city, or township through the process of adopting of a zoning ordinance or amending a zoning ordinance back when there was a separate zoning enabling act for each form of government. These checklists followed pre July 1, 2006 Michigan statutory requirements for zoning ordinance adoption or amendments. The checklist also indicates what documentation should be kept on file. This is now out-of-date, as a result of changes made by adoption of the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act of 2006.

Check List #C2; For Adoption of a County Zoning Ordinance

Check List #M2; For Adoption of a City & Village Zoning Ordinance

This pamphlet present a chronological step-by-step checklist to walk a county, village and city, or township through the process of adopting of a zoning ordinance or amending a zoning ordinance back when there was a separate zoning enabling act for each form of government. These checklists followed pre July 1, 2006 Michigan statutory requirements for zoning ordinance adoption or amendments. The checklist also indicates what documentation should be kept on file. This is now out-of-date, as a result of changes made by adoption of the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act of 2006.

Check List #M2; For Adoption of a City & Village Zoning Ordinance

Check List #T2; For Adoption of a Township Zoning Ordinance

This pamphlet present a chronological step-by-step checklist to walk a county, village and city, or township through the process of adopting of a zoning ordinance or amending a zoning ordinance back when there was a separate zoning enabling act for each form of government. These checklists followed pre July 1, 2006 Michigan statutory requirements for zoning ordinance adoption or amendments. The checklist also indicates what documentation should be kept on file. This is now out-of-date, as a result of changes made by adoption of the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act of 2006.

Check List #T2; For Adoption of a Township Zoning Ordinance

Limits and parameters on local and state regulation of wireless communication

At the start of 2013, significant new restrictions were placed on local governmental authority to regulate the expansion and location of wireless service facilities, in addition the restrictions on local regulations already in place.  This publication reviewed and explained those the limits on local authority from (1) the Federal Telecommunication Act, (2) the Sequestration Act, and (3) the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act. But in 2014 the FCC Rule on this subject was adopted (effective January 15, 2015). Thus this publication is now out-of-date. By Kurt H. Schindler, AICP.

Limits and parameters on local and state regulation of wireless communication

Michigan Land Use Guidelines for Siting Wind Energy Systems (WO-1053)

The October 2007 ‘Michigan Siting Guidelines for Wind Energy Systems’ provide local land use leaders with a menu of provisions to select from and offer useful background and guidance to answer some of the questions local officials will undoubtedly hear from neighbors of proposed wind power developments. It provided some of the information and discussions behind the 2008 state sample zoning for wind energy. Current sample zoning along with discussion about the sample can be found at http://msue.anr.msu.edu/resources/sample_zoning_for_wind_energy_systems_2017. 

Michigan Land Use Guidelines for Siting Wind Energy Systems (WO-1053) 

Planning and Zoning for Animal Agriculture in Michigan: A Handbook for Local Governments Revisions and Updates

Many local governments in Michigan are currently attempting to address issues related to the siting and expansion of new and existing large-scale, intensive animal production facilities. This handbook is designed to provide assistance to those units of government as they plan for animal agriculture in their jurisdictions. This handbook pulls together in one document information on planning, zoning, sources of data and detailed information important to the planning process, and examples of planning and zoning approaches.

Planning and Zoning for Animal Agriculture in Michigan: A Handbook for Local Governments Revisions and Updates

Public Policy Analysis: Michigan's Right to Farm Act and New Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices

Amendments to the Michigan Right to Farm Act significantly changed the control local ordinances –including zoning– has over animal farms.  A major change is the state, through establishing Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices (GAAMP) establishes the criteria for siting, odor control, setback  distances, and several other things.  In many situations local ordinances and zoning can not regulate these issues.  This reviews GAAMPs for site selection and odor control for new and expanding livestock production facilities and addresses the local government role in this process.

Public Policy Analysis: Michigan's Right to Farm Act and New Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices

Repealed County Planning Act

This is the repealed County Planning Act, This is now out-ofdate, as a result of changes made by adoption of the Michigan Planning Enabling Act of 2008.

Repealed County Planning Act

Repealed Municipal Planning Act

This is the repealed Municipal (city, village, some townships prior to 1959) Planning Act, This is now out-of-date, as a result of changes made by adoption of the Michigan Planning Enabling Act of 2008.

Repealed Municipal Planning Act

Repealed Township Planning Act

This is out-of-date, as a result of changes made by adoption of the Michigan Planning Enabling Act of 2008.

Repealed Township Planning Act

Repealed County Zoning Act

This is the repealed County Zoning Act, This is now out-ofdate, as a result of changes made by adoption of the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act of 2006.

Repealed County Zoning Act

Repealed City or Village Zoning Act

This is the repealed City or Village Zoning Act, This is now out-of-date, as a result of changes made by adoption of the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act of 2006.

Repealed City or Village Zoning Act

Repealed Township Zoning Act

This is the repealed Township Zoning Act, This is now outof-date, as a result of changes made by adoption of the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act of 2006.

Repealed Township Zoning Act

Sample Zoning for Wind Energy Systems 2008

These guidelines were developed by the Energy Office, Michigan Dept. of Labor and Economic Growth (DLEG) in April 2008 to assist local governments to develop siting requirements for wind energy systems. This material is not intended to apply in urban areas. These guidelines were developed with the intention of striking an appropriate balance between the need for clean, renewable energy resources and the necessity to protect the public health, safety, and welfare. The guidelines represent a 2008 suggested zoning language for local governments to use if they amend their zoning ordinance to address wind energy systems. The Energy Office, DLEG has no authority to issue regulations related to siting wind energy systems.  This material has not been updated or reviewed since 2008 by the state. Current MSU Extension sample zoning along with discussion about the sample can be found at http://msue.anr.msu.edu/resources/sample_zoning_for_wind_energy_systems_2017.

Sample Zoning for Wind Energy Systems 2008 

Summary of Property Takings Case Law

This pamphlet reviews the court cases which have established the rules and considerations for taking of private property by government and by government regulation. The pamphlet reviews “exactions,” Michigan takings case law, taking valuation and the newest court involving land at Lake Tahoe.

Summary of Property Takings Case Law

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