March 18, 2019  Note by Jim Nelson

This was once my favorite article.  It linked to a legal note on Township Attorney Paul Burns' decisive victory over Grand Sakwa.  The links were provided by Kurt Schindler of MSU. 

In 2017, Kurt retired and his amazing collection of planning and zoning links has vanished.  Reading between the lines it seems that Michigan's interest in educating its citizens with the tools of planning have vanished as well. 


The remains of Kurt Schindler's article collection

MSU Land Use Education Services   ??

Greening Michigan Institute Government and Public Policy First point of contact geography


MSU Extension Citizen Planner Program 

Planning and Zoning Center at MSU

Faculty & Staff

There are no people at this time !!


3-18-2019:  None of the below links work.

Kurt Schindler has organized a deep collection of Land Use and Planning information at his Michigan State University website.  Recently I found the legal abstract of Northfield Township's win over Grand/Sakwa.  (Kudos to Township Attorney Paul Burns.)

Selected Planning and Zoning Decisions: Low Density Zoning is not a Takings.  Court: Michigan Court of Appeals (Published No. 305594, 2014 Mich. App. LEXIS 220, February 4, 2014) Case Name: Grand/Sakwa of Northfield, LLC v. Township of Northfield

Click here to view or download the full abstract.  The case is on page 8.


For more perspective on Planning, visit Kurt Schindler's MSU Land Use website.