Master Plan Educational Series
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Master Plan Educational Series

As we all engage in the process of drafting a new Livingston County Master Plan and five-year updates of local community master plans, this six-part educational series re-familiarizes us with important components of the master plan document.

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MSU Extension Educator Glenn Pape and Livingston County Planning conducted a six-part series on the following planning subjects that will shape the 2016 Livingston County Master Plan:

Master Plans and Planning
Adaptive Reuse
Placemaking

Smart Growth
Green Development
Complete Streets

CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO ACCESS THE MSU/LAND POLICY INSTITUTE GUIDEBOOK:

PLACEMAKING AS AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TOOL

ALSO RECOMMENDED BY GLENN PAPE:

TED TALK: "RETROFTTING SUBURBIA" - By Ellen Durham-Jones

Can we rebuild our broken suburbs? Ellen Dunham-Jones shares a vision of dying malls rehabilitated, dead "big box" stores re-inhabited, and endless parking lots transformed into thriving wetlands.

SPRAWL REPAIR MANUAL - By Galina Tachieva

The Sprawl Repair Manual draws on more than two decades of practical experience in the field of repairing and building communities to analyze the current pattern of sprawl development, disassemble it into its elemental components, and present a process for transforming them into human-scale, sustainable elements. The techniques are illustrated both two- and three-dimensionally, providing users with clear methodologies for the sprawl repair interventions, some of which are radical, but all of which will produce positive results.

SPRAWL RETROFIT INITIATIVE - BY CNU - CONGRESS FOR THE NEW URBANISM.pdf

Sprawl Retrofit, developed by CNU members, works to repair and retrofit sprawling developments into the vibrant, high-performing walkable places that are growing in popularity. In less than a decade, Sprawl Retrofit has demonstrated that rehabilitating traditional suburbs is achievable through existing policy and design approaches.

Sprawl Retrofit creates policy proposals, regulatory frameworks, databases of successes, and design toolkits to empower communities seeking to reclaim the lost potential of their paved-over land. Sprawl repair projects in Georgia, California, Maryland, Colorado, Massachusetts, Arizona, and countless other locations are already reshaping how citizens and elected officials look at their existing places and imagine their communities’ futures. In a time of converging economic, social, and environmental momentum with worldwide consequences, Sprawl Retrofit is setting a new global standard for how we incorporate our burdensome built legacy into a more sustainable future.

  MSU EXTENSION / COUNTY PLANNING EDUCATIONAL SERIES                 

SESSION 1: February 23, 2016: Topic: Basics of Master Plans and Planning -

This session will discuss the Basics of Master Plans and Planning, includiing:

  • What is a Master Plan?
  • What is Included in a Master Plan?
  • How is a Master Plan Developed and Adopted?
  • The Plan Adoption Process
  • Plan Implementation

Session 1 Presentation - The Basics of Planning.pdf

SESSION 2: March 22, 2016: Topic: Smart Growth -

Smart Growth is development that serves the economy, community and the environment. Smart Growth means using comprehensive planning to guide, design, develop, revitalize, and build communities with attributes such as:

  • A unique sense of community and place;
  • Natural and cultural resources that are preserved and enhanced; and
  • An expanded range of transportation, employment and housing choices

This workshop will discuss:

  • Principles of Smart Growth
  • Outcomes of Smart Growth
  • Financial benefits to communities
  • Using Smart Growth frameworks for economic development

Session 2 Presentation - Smart Growth.pdf

SESSION 3: April 26, 2016: Topic: Adaptive Reuse -

Adaptive reuse is the process of adapting old structures, sites and communities for new purposes. It is a required component for all masterplans in Michigan. This workshop will discuss:

  • Historical Development Patterns
  • Types of Adaptive Reuse
  • Master Planning for Reuse

Session 3 Presentation - Adaptive Reuse.pdf

SESSION 4: May 4, 2016: Topic: Placemaking -

Placemaking is the process of creating quality places where people want to live work and play. Quality places are places with good form, function and social opportunity. Quality places have a lot of activity and a strong sense of place. This session will discuss the different types of placemaking, the economics behind placemaking, market preferences and changing demographics.

Session 4 Presentation - Placemaking.pdf

SESSION 5: June 1, 2016: Topic: Green Development -

Green Development results in fundamentally more efficient, healthier and more cost effective buildings and neighborhoods that recognize the importance ofopen spaces, parks, natural drainage, vegetation and other natural resources. This session will discuss green development principles and examine the best
practices at various geographic scales.

Click here for Session 5 Flyer.pdf

SESSION 6: June 22, 2016: Topic: Complete Streets -

Complete Streets is a policy objective to create streets for all users. This session will discuss:

  • · Overview of Complete Streets
  • · How did we get here?
  • · Benefits of Complete Streets
  • · Shifting to Complete Streets
  • · Michigan legislative changes
  • · What can be done at the local level?
  • · Common design elements

Click here for Session 6 Flyer.pdf