LPI Partners with TCRPC and Others on $3M HUD Grant for Mid-Michigan

The 3-year grant will fund the Mid-Michigan Program for Sustainability focusing on regional planning, housing, land use, economic and workforce development, transportation and infrastructure development.

On November 21, 2011, the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (TCRPC), together with its many partners in the Greater Lansing Region of Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties, announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program had awarded the proposed "Mid-Michigan Program for Greater Sustainability" a $3 million, three-year grant. The Program will receive funding for regional planning efforts that integrate housing, land use, economic and workforce development, transportation and infrastructure development in a comprehensive and integrated manner.

With this funding from HUD and regional community participation, the TCRPC and its partners are empowered to consider how all of these factors will work together to bring economic competitiveness and revitalization to the Greater Lansing Region. This funding will help the Region to fully plan and implement a regional transformation that manages the declines of population, employment and fiscal capacity, while improving economic opportunity, social equity and environmental quality. Through this partnership and support from HUD, it is possible to make mid-Michigan and its Capitol City of Lansing into a 21st century model of sustainability.

HUD Grant and MSU
Partners from Michigan State University, including the Land Policy Institute, are pleased to be part of this effort to enhance and begin to implement the Regional Plan for Sustainable Development in the Greater Lansing Region, thanks to the HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant. Faculty from MSU will provide assistance with several elements of initiative, including a regional housing affordability study, sustainable development training for local officials, and creation of a Design Portfolio for the targeted implementation corridor, which incorporates a transect of the region from the Michigan State Capitol building through the cities of Lansing and East Lansing, to suburban areas and small towns. The Michigan/Grand River Corridor includes central business districts, regional health science clusters, suburban shopping districts, regional health science clusters, suburban shopping districts and seven of the region's 10 largest employers. It also runs through the northern portion of MSU's campus. The corridor carries more than 1.7 million transit trips annually.

The initiative also includes two MSU classes, a student planning practicum and a student design studio, which will allow students to become engaged in studies and design scenarios for specific locations along the corridor and in the region.

The list of MSU partners on this HUD Grant includes the School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC) and its Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, Urban and Regional Planning and Michigan Citizen Planner (CP)programs; the Planning & Zoning Center (PZC), the Center for Community and Economic Development (CCEC); the Institute of Public Policy and Social Research; and MSU Global. Investigators on this project include: Suk-Kyung Kim (SPDC), Rex LaMore (SPDC/CCED), Paul Nieratko (SPDC), Wayne Beyea (SPDC/CP), Mark Wyckoff (LPI/PZC) and Mary Beth Graebert (LPI).

More information about this exciting Program and the HUD award are available at Mid-Michigan Program for Greater Sustainability.

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