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  • 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.

  • Local government strategies to protect groundwater

    Published on October 8, 2019

    Groundwater can, and in some places has, become contaminated. Local government is best-suited to prevent contamination from occurring but seldom uses these 11 zoning tools at their disposal to do so.

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