MSU, MML and MSHDA Partner on PlacePlans Statewide

PlacePlans is designed to help communities design and plan for transformative placemaking projects, and is customized to each project and community.

Detroit Renaissance Center and Riverwalk, photo by the Michigan Municipal League

Since 2013, PlacePlans has been a joint effort between Michigan State University (Land Policy Institute and the School of Planning, Design and Construction) and the Michigan Municipal League (MML), funded by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority through the MIplace Partnership Initiative. PlacePlans is designed to help communities design and plan for transformative placemaking projects, and is customized to each project and community. Each involves an intensive community engagement strategy, including a public visioning session, several public meetings to provide specific input and feedback on plans and designs, and direct work with key stakeholders along the way. Below is a listing of the communities that have completed the PlacePlans process. Seven additional communities were recently selected and announced by MML for 2015 PlacePlans, including Benton Harbor, Boyne City, Lathrup Village, Monroe, Niles, Saginaw and Traverse City.

  • 2014 – Cadillac, Detroit, Flint, Holland, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Marquette, and Midland; and
  • 2013 – Allegan, Alpena, Dearborn, and Sault St. Marie.

These plans are valuable “idea generators” to communities considering placemaking projects. To download a copy of a recent PlacePlan or to learn more, visit PlacePlans.

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