Carlisle/Wortman Associates’ planners routinely train officials around Michigan, both for the Michigan Municipal League (MML) and for specific communities. In February, John Enos taught roles and responsibilities to planning commissioners in Ida Township and he, Chris Atkins and Dave Scurto did MML weekenders on role and responsibilities and economic development.
In March, Laura Kreps was in front of MML members from the Grass Lake area with site plan reviews. Roles and responsibilities will be the topic in April for Ben Carlisle in New Buffalo and in May for John with the Ohio chapters of the American Planning Association.
“Carlisle Wortman has been assisting with League trainings for several years now,” said Kelly Warren, director of affiliate engagement for the Michigan Municipal League. “They are always a pleasure to work with and they thoroughly understand the challenges and needs of our elected and appointed officials….They are always well-prepared and tailor each course for the individual community and officials.”
In May, John Enos and David Scurto presented a Michigan Municipal League planning and zoning workshop to more than 20 elected and appointed officials in the City of Allen Park. The curriculum covered master plans, zoning ordinances, conduct of the zoning board of appeals, proper procedure and risk management.
Carlisle/Wortman Associates teaches many planning-related topics for MML’s education branch. John and Dave will present a workshop to the City of Benton Harbor at the end of June on site plan review. If interested in having a class brought to your community please call the MML at 734-669-6311.
By Paul Montagno
More than 50 residents and stakeholders gathered at Bay City’s city hall to comment on topics that will frame the strategic plan being developed by Carlisle/Wortman Associates. The topics, or themes, of the plan are
- Community identity
- Housing and neighborhoods
- Connections (transportation)
- Environmental resiliency
- Recreation and entertainment, and
- Economic development.
Each topic was represented at a station with informational material and a unique activity that allowed participates to answer questions, prioritize direction, and/or provide written comments. For example, participants were asked to place different colored dots on a paper map of the city to identify locations for various transportation options (transit, vehicular, pedestrian, bicycles). Another station asked specific questions about ways the community could develop economically. Participants were invited to respond to the questions by taking a green card for “yes” or a red card for “no,” writing the reason for their answer on the back of the card, and depositing the card into an individual box for each question. In addition to this event, people can also comment on the master plan website, http://baycitymasterplan.com/ using the MiCommunity Remarks map-based input tool. They can provide location-based comments on these topics throughout the process.
Carlisle/Wortman experts often serve as speakers and panelists for professional associations and train planning commissioners and zoning board members.
- Sally Elmiger spoke on a panel at the Michigan Barn Preservation Network’s annual conference.
- John Enos, Dave Scurto and Ben Carlisle taught two different classes on roles and responsibilities for the Michigan Municipal League’s newly-elected officials academy
- John presented a workshop on planning and zoning to the Southgate Board of Zoning Appeals and Southgate Planning Commission
- Ben presented a workshop to the City of Linden Downtown Development Authority and an advanced workshop on redevelopment to the City of Oak Park Planning Commission and planning staff.
- CWA was one of the sponsors of the Michigan Association of Planning Student Conference on Jan 31.
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