The Michigan Land Use Institute report offers 10 ways state government can improve its spending on economic development, and here are five of those.
- Establish state land-use goals and spending priorities that help the state’s cities become better places to live and work, and conserve the farmland and countryside.
- Establish economic incentives that foster regional planning by local governments and collaborate on appropriate development and proper use of their capital expenditures to follow those plans.
- Authorize local governments to require that concurrency — defined as adequate roads, sewers, and other infrastructure — is in place before approving new developments.
- Direct state financing for schools and other public facilities to urbanized areas whenever possible.
- Reward local governments for capital spending that follows state land-use goals.
The full MLUI report can be read at www.mlui.org