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  • Innovative budget process used by Muskegon county

    Published on December 3, 2019

    In 2012, Muskegon county utilized an innovative, collaborative budget process to solve revenue shortfalls and build teamwork that has proven to be successful over the past few years.

  • Charrette feedback loops used in the 101 Certificate Training materials from the National Charrette Institute.

    Not all public participation events are charrettes

    Published on November 6, 2019

    Charrette is a very specific type of public involvement system for design and planning projects. Do not be fooled by people calling every public participation event a charrette.

  • Source: Figure by the Land Policy Institute, Michigan State University 2015.

    Difference between a zoning ordinance and a master plan

    Published on October 10, 2019

    The zoning ordinance is a law with penalties and consequence for not following it. A master plan is a policy document that expresses intent. It is not an enforceable document and is not law.