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In partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Michigan Municipal League, as well as the AARP Livable Communities program and the Michigan Chapter of the American Planning Association, and with generous support from the Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame for Contributions to the Public Realm and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, CNU is proud to have developed Enabling Better Places: Users' Guide to Zoning Reform and Enabling Better Places: Commercial Corridors and Shopping Centers.
Enabling Better Places: Users' Guide to Zoning Reform responds to the common conditions found in towns and small cities, simplifying the challenge of changing zoning in order to empower better downtowns, main streets, and their adjacent neighborhoods. As this guide was being developed, it became clear that there were distinct circumstances relative to a more suburban context, that were distinct from the general challenges of most main streets, downtowns, and their adjacent neighborhoods. As a result, Enabling Better Places: Commercial Corridors and Shopping Centers was created to further the research and recommendations of the original document through a more specific lens.
These Guides are written to be adaptable, and CNU offers document customization and implementation training to municipalities, organizations, and groups interested in applying its recommendations to their local context. The template Sample Zoning Districts found within the Michigan-specific Guide are available for download below in editable format.
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