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A portal for MSUE 'Citizen Planners' and 'Master Citizen Planners' to ask questions related to policy, community planning, zoning and other land use/development related topics. This group does not field questions related to gardening, geology, horticulture.

(This group currently has 6 experts available to answer questions)

Questions asked to this group

Open meetings law

Does the same “Open meetings law” apply to Boards of County Commissioners as it does City Councils? What are the conditions that a “Closed Meeting” can be called?

Iosco County Michigan citizen planner online aabi cfei Posted 4 months ago

Dimension Variance

The city informed us all ordinance requirements are online at the city website. Section 12 talks about lot coverage and zones. However, nowhere in the ordinance does it state 25% lot coverage. We assumed a ince it was not written, it would be up to the home owner or at least 30%. We submitted our plans to the city and they were denied. Our addition would cause the lot coverage to be 26.5%. Building Director said it was 25%. Again I asked where this was written Nd he said it was online. They have now confirmed that it is not online and it was a mistake on their part for not including it. What are your suggestions. We have a meeting with the ZBA in 3 weeks.

Wayne County Michigan community planning and zoning zoning ordinance cfei lot coverage Posted 5 months ago

What body has authority and oversight?

In a Michigan municipality, does a city planning department exercise authority on the planning commission or does the planning commission have oversight on the planning staff?

Calhoun County Michigan local government planning commission good governance city planning cfei Posted 10 months ago

township property tax board of review policies

During a property tax board of review, can the assessor directly address and communicate with the person appealing their property designation? Does the assessor sit with the board after to make decisions about changes? Is the assessor required to contact the person appealing within a certain period of time with actual reasons for not changing a designation? Is the assessor allowed to tell the board of review that a change in designation "will only save him a couple hundred bucks?"

Chippewa County Michigan property tax appeals township property tax cfei local assessing Posted 11 months ago

property tax help please

was wondering if there was anyway to help my mother out Patricia Lucas on her property taxes. She is in behind on it and needs help veriy much.

Grand Traverse County Michigan personal finance cfei Posted about 1 year ago

Updated Township Master Plan

I'm with the Sherwood Township on their Planning Commission. We're trying to FIND our Master Plan.....and it is my understanding that the MP has to be updated every five years........I'm sure we are lacking. What information can you provide to HELP us?

Branch County Michigan community planning and zoning land use master plan michigan planning enabling act cfei Posted about 1 year ago

Planning and Zoning Board Alternates

Can you please tell me if the alternates to a board sit and listen to the discussions and deliberations, or can they participate? I know they cannot vote, but we need to know if they actually contribute to all board discussions, including site plans, variance requests, etc.

Thank you

Iosco County Michigan community planning and zoning good governance cfei Posted about 1 year ago

Planning Commission member/realtor conflicts of interest

Is a Planning Commission member/realtor in a small township (~900 residents), conflicted by the prospect of increased listings from the approval of a large multi-unit development?

Leelanau County Michigan community planning and zoning conflict of interest planning commission cfei Posted about 1 year ago

Eminent Domain and the Master Plan

Can a municipality seize property through eminent domain if it is not in their Master Plan or other planning document?

Oakland County Michigan community planning and zoning eminent domain master planning cfei Posted over 1 year ago

Special Meeting of the Electors - Minutes and Attorney Involvement

Our Township Board was petitioned for a Special Meeting of the Electors under MCL 41.25.

The Township attorney was present and advised the Board to not answer any questions and even intervened when an elector asked a question of the Board. The clerk took minutes and the attorney advised they are not to be posted online for the electors, nor should any action be taken as the special meeting was not a board meeting (or theirs).

What options do the electors have in getting the draft minutes online for electors, and was this advise wrong and illegal by the attorney ? It would appear the that the spirit of 41.25 is to get the Township Board and the residents communicating and the attorney underminded this. This same attorney is responsible for 4 of 5 of another Township's Board being recalled so no one trusts his advice.

Cheboygan County Michigan legal issues good governance cfei special meeting township board Posted over 1 year ago