PROGRAM: Kathleen Kline-Hudson, director of the Livingston County Planning Department, told the club about the department and the work that is going into an update of the county-wide master plan.
 
PROGRAM: Kathleen Kline-Hudson, director of the Livingston County Planning Department, told the club about the department and the work that is going into an update of the county-wide master plan.
GUESTS:  Allison Anderson, Bill’s daughter who was visiting from San Diego; Scott Phillips, new pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Brighton.
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
  • Nancy Johnson, on behalf of the Livingston County United Way, presented corporate excellent awards to firms run by Brighton Rotarians: George Moses Company and Schafer Construction.
  • Nancy also reminded us about this month’s book sale by the Friends of the Brighton District Library.
  • Maribeth Regnier said that the fall picnic and barbecue is October 8 at the home of April Dertian. Guests are asked to bring a dish to pass and folding chairs. This is a kids-friendly event although there will be beer. Please sign up if coming.
  • Peggi Bourke is looking for Rotarians to help Mt. Brighton with a clean-up project Saturday morning beginning at 8:15 at Bishop Lake Recreation Area. It’s a good chance to show Mt. Brighton that we appreciate their Dash or Crash support.
  • Piet Lindhout passed around a great photo of the last Rotary Raider ramp build. Help is needed tomorrow for the Make A Wish gazebo but … this time only …. talent is a requirement.
  • Mike and Jane McManus visited a fly-in at Fowlerville Rotary as well as the 100th anniversary celebration at the Ann Arbor club. They were reminded that all Rotary clubs do great work in their own individual ways.
  • Beth Walker noted that Monday is the registration deadline for the practice SAT test.
 
INDUCTION: Club members enthusiastically greeted new/returning club member Shane McKenzie.
PROGRAM:
Suzy Lewis introduced Kathleen Kline-Hudson who has been with the Livingston County Planning Department for about 25 years, the last 7.5 years as director. They have three full-time staff and answer to a 7-member board of commissioners (that includes Bill Anderson).
The department has a number of mandated responsibilities including the review of zoning amendments and master plans in townships; preparing a five-year county master plan; and producing an annual capital improvement plan for the county.
The department is currently in the midst of updating the county master plan which was first created in 2002. The master plan is a blueprint for future county development that can be implemented through zoning ordinances. The plan addresses and described areas such as demographics, transportation, land use, housing and economic development. It can identify issues and suggests goals and strategies to address them. For instance, the department found that there is a shortage of apartments suitable for families, mostly because they are too small; a solution would be increasing the square footage of apartments or reducing minimum lot sizes.
Changes in the law require an update of the master plan which, in any case, is outdated because of a variety of a wide variety of changes, such as medical marijuana laws, wind turbines and the completion of the I-96 interchange at Latson Road.
The revision of the master plan began in May 2015. Community involvement includes a brown bag lunch, a Facebook photo contest, a six-part education series, surveys, and a visions session which will be October 20.
The Master Plan will include sections on: Community Profile, Land Use, Natural Resources, Parks and Open Spaces, Transportation, Housing, and Agricultural and Rural Environment.
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The Ace of Spades proved elusive for Anne Belser, Dennis Whitney and Stan Schafer.