I have a couple of questions, but first some background.
In January of 2002, Michigan passed Public Acts 263, 264, and 265 of 2001 to amend our planning laws in several significant ways. Four major points are:
1) All municipal jurisdictions are to first notify neighboring jurisdictions, the county, the region, and any registered public utility company, railroad, or other governmental entities (such as a DDA) of the municipality's intention to amend, revise or create a totally new plan.
2) The notice requests the recipient's cooperation in the planning process and asks for the recipient's comments. Once a draft plan is created and authorized for distribution by the proposing community, the notified entities are asked to review and make comment on the proposed plan.
3) The review comments are transmitted to the jurisdiction proposing the new plan. Additionally, the neighboring jurisdictions and the regional planning commission must also send a copy of their comments to the county government within which the proposing municipally resides.
4) The county then provides comments, including a two-part consistency review. First, the county must make a statement regarding whether the proposed plan is inconsistent with the neighboring jurisdiction’s plan, and second, determine whether the proposed plan is inconsistent with the county’s plan, if such a county plan exists.
All municipalities need to be in conformance with the new legislation by January 9, 2003.
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First, regarding point #1, how many of you have received cooperation from adjacent municipalities and registered entities? Second, what exactly is a registered entity? Can anyone, say Joe and Jane Citizen, become a registered entity, or is that limited to entities such as utilities and other groups or individuals that service the municipality? And finally, even though the new laws don't require the municipality to incorporate comments into the new plan, it seems like the right thing to do, especially if it is a small municipality where everyone knows everyone else. On this point, when comments are incorporated into the plan, can you just add them to an appendix to the plan, or do you have to make a good faith effort to incorporate them into the actual text of the plan? If you do incorporate the comments in the plan, then inevitably some comments won't make it in and some will. So if the plan is from a small community and everyone know everyone else, and if you selected good comments from irrelevant comments and included just the good ones, then how do you deal with the people who will be offended becasue you didn't include their comments?
Thanks! I look forward to your helpful comments.