A New Chapter for Michigan Urbanism

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Michigan new urbanists will soon have a new chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism to help focus their efforts in creating a more walkable, sustainable, neighborhood-based Michigan. On January 23, 15 CNU members came together in Lansing, Mich., for the second meeting of the organizing committee to form a CNU Michigan chapter. The group is off to a strong start and has already formed partnerships with the Michigan Association of Planning (a Chapter of the APA), Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), and Michigan Municipal League (MML). The committee developed by-laws, created a three-year plan and elected its initial officers at the meeting: Leslie E. Kettren, AICP, PCP, president of Kettren & Associates, Inc. and former board member of APA, as chair; Terry Sanford, AIA, director of planning and design at Nederveld Associates, as vice chair; and Denise Cook of the City of Adrian as secretary/treasurer.

The next meeting of the Michigan chapter organizing committee is scheduled for March 12, 2008, 1:30 – 3:30 PM, at the MSHDA Lansing offices, 735 E. Michigan Avenue. All CNU members are invited to be a part of the chapter organizing committee to help guide the founding of the Michigan Chapter. Please contact Leslie Kettren at michigan@cnu.org for more information.

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New secretary/treasurer elected

James Bedell, Planning Division Manager for the City of Bay City, has been elected to replace Denise Cook as secretary/treasurer. Denise regretfully resigned because of scheduling conflicts with her job at the City of Adrian. We thank Denise for her leadership participation in organizing a Michigan Chapter of CNU.

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