Land Use Planning, Policy and Education

Greening Mid-Michigan

Greening Mid-Michigan is a regional vision for green infrastructure planning for Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties.This visionis the result of many key regional groups collaborating over a three year period. Partners include TCRPC, the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, The Greater Lansing Regional Committee for Stormwater Management, Clinton and Eaton ConservationDistricts, the Land Use and Health Resource Team, local and county park and recreation departments, Ingham and Clinton Agricultural and Open Space Preservation Programs, and many others.

Greening Mid-Michigan: A Vision for Green Infrastructure releases a 28-minute video highlighting green infrastructure success stories in the region. The video is available at

The Greening Mid-Michigan team is pleased to provide four new videos for Greening Mid-Michigan: A Vision for Green Infrastructure! Each video is approximately 4-6 minutes long and pertains to each of the three audiences: general public, local planners and local elected officials. In addition, a video describing the work of our Conservation Districts in Eaton, Clinton and Ingham Counties has also been developed. Please view, share and post them with the appropriate audiences. We hope that the videos will inspire everyone to create new “green” success stories in the years to come. Enjoy! 

Videos: Greening Mid-Michigan: A Vision for Green Infrastructure
Video: Greening Mid-Michigan for Conservation Districts

Video: Greening Mid-Michigan for Planners


Video: Greening Mid-Michigan for Politicians
Video: Greening Mid-Michigan for the Public

Imagine Mid-Michigan Project

The Imagine Mid-Michigan project has been a peer-exchange of regional leaders from Clinton, Eaton, Ingham counties learning best practices for land use. Stay tuned for more project outcomes and materials! If you are interested in learning more about the project, please contact Susan M.C. Pigg at or call (517) 393-0342.



Plans around the Red Cedar River Trail

See a brief video summary, developed by students at Michigan State University, of the Red Cedar River Corridor Trail Plan that was administered by TCRPC and MSU. The plan highlights the many opportunities for a trail within the jurisdiction of Williamstown Township and the City of Williamston and how community members would benefit from such a trail.

The Urban & Rural Services Management Committee

Map of Tri-County Region showing Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties in Michigan.The Urban and Rural Service Management Committee (URSM) is the second of the ongoing Regioanl Growth implementation committees. This Committee meets bi-monthly to discuss regional cooperation in designating an urban service (water and sewer) boundary and the efficient sharing of services between jurisdictions.

The URSM Committee was awarded a Partnerships for Change: Sustainable Communities research grant through the Land Information Access Association (LIAA). LIAA is a non-profit planning firm based on northern Michigan with staff who work across the state to facilitate regional cooperation and other local service partnerships. LIAA staff facilitated the development of a Tri-County Urban Services Management Study.

The Study outlined a feasible strategy for implementing an urban service boundary within the committee membership's jurisdictional boundaries. The Committee members include Lansing, East Lansing, the nine urbanized townships surrounding the two cities, Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties, and a few outlying county jurisdictions such as Williamstown Township and the City of Mason. Prior to the commencement of the Study, the Committee members completed a Community Collaboration Survey, reporting that almost every member felt that the time was right for the development of an urban service boundary. With this understanding, committee attendance has been engaging and conversations related to the development of a boundary have been notably positive between members.


Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan was adopted July 2015. It provides updated data, opportunities, and recommendations to address hazards in the Tri-County Region. The Plan provides the process for evalutation of land use and development from a hazard mitigation perspective that will protect lives and property. TCRPC prepared it to renew eligibility of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) programs and funding in our regional community. FEMA requires local governments to develop and adopt hazard mitigation plans as a condition for receiving certain types of non-emergency disaster assistance, including funding for mitigation projects. By locally adopting the Tri-County Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan, your community can meet FEMA pre-requisites for hazard mitigation programs and funding such as the Hazard Mitigation AssistancePublic Assistance Grant Program, or Fire Management Assistance Grant Programs. (see for more information).

If you have questions about the Tri-County Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan, please contact Land Use Planner Ken Hall at (517) 393-0342 or email

Tri-County Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan

Letter to Community Leaders



The Regional Growth Project

Tri-County Regional Growth: Choices for Our Future LogoRegional Growth: Choices for Our Future — This project, which began in 1997, was developed on the premise that some growth trends have very negative impacts on the quality of life in our region but with proper planning and management these trends could be modified to minimize impacts. One of these impact areas is transportation and the demands that new growth places on the system and its users. With this in mind, we linked the Regional Growth project to the Long Range Transportation plan which establishes future priorities for transportation projects.

This initial planning phase of the project was completed in 2003 with adoption of the Regional 2025 Transportation Plan. Most recently, the Regional Growth project policy map and 29 regional themes have been re-endorsed and adopted as part of the updated Regional 2030 Transportation Plan. This important step has set the path for implementation of the findings of this project by utilizing the themes and principles, along with the policy map, as criteria for establishing priorities for transportation funding handled by the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the region.

Since its inception, the project has acquired Resolutions in Support of the policy map and principles. At this time a total of 43 cities, villages, townships and counties have adopted a Resolution of Support. In addition to these resolutions by local government bodies, thirteen letters of support have been received from area non-profits, non-governmental agencies, transportation agencies and state departments. Implementation of the Regional Growth project is ongoing. Three committees have been meeting regularly to address issues that have been highlighted as part of the Regional Growth project (RGP) planning process. These Committees are facilitated by the Land Use program at TCRPC.


AICP Certification Maintenance Program

TCRPC is a provider of credit opportunities under the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Certification Maintenance program. The AICP organization launched an ongoing professional development program that requires an AICP planner to completed 32 training credits, acquired by attending 32 hours of training, within a two-year period. As a provider, TCRPC has provided free credit opportunities to the region's practicing planners.


Tri-County Planners' Brown Bag Lunch Series

TCRPC continues a monthly series of brown bag lunches for all area planners. The lunches are hosted by planning departments located throughout the region, and are well-attended by regional, county, state and local planners, and planners from academia. Local policy makers have also attended the lunches. At most of the lunches, special presentations are made by either the host community, or by a guest speaker. This informal networking opportunity for the area's eighty or so practicing planners has been well-received and will continued on a monthly basis.

Mid-Michigan Historical Sites

Do you know where the region's historical sites are located? TCRPC collaborated with MSU Urban Planning Students to create the Mid-Michigan Rural Historic Structure Preservation Plan [Click here] Contact us for more information.