• How to take Minutes For Administrative Decisions

    Published on May 31, 2016

    Taking minutes for the county board, city council or township board is one task. But the job of taking minutes for an administrative body (like a planning commission, zoning board, appeals board) is very different.

  • Freedom of Information Act

    Published on May 31, 2016

    The Freedom of Information Act applies to nearly all records of a planning/zoning department, planning commissions, zoning boards and zoning boards of appeals. Includes 2018 amendments.

  • Check List #1B: Sample Planning Commission Ordinance

    Published on May 31, 2016

    Presents an example of an ordinance which creates a planning commission in Michigan. The sample includes a number of discussion points, presenting a number of options for a community to consider.

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

    Published on May 31, 2016

    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.

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