This article discusses the innovative zoning techniques Flint, Michigan, is using to implement the place-based vision for community transformation outlined in the city's comprehensive plan.
About the Authors
John Houseal, FAICP
John is Principal and Co-founder of Houseal Lavigne, an innovation-based planning and design firm headquartered in Chicago. John has directed a wide variety of planning, design, zoning, and outreach related projects across the country for communities ranging from small farming towns to the nation's largest cities and metropolitan areas. John's work is widely recognized throughout the planing profession, having received numerous awards at the regional, state, and national levels for innovation, comprehensive planning, outreach, strategic planning, special area planning, implementaion, and overall planning and design excellence. John has been a featured speaker on issues related to urban planning, innovation, zoning, transportation, context sensitive design, graphic commuication, and the environment.
Brandon Nolin, AICP
Brandon Nolin is a Senior Planner at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) specializing in comprehensive planning and market analysis. A self-described “numbers guy,” Brandon uses his background in archaeology, statistics, and market research to develop data-driven plans that are both physically achievable and economically viable. Over the past 8 years, Brandon has worked in communities of all shapes and sizes. He has created award-winning plans to reposition shrinking cities like Flint MI, revitalize aging commercial areas in Milwaukee, and strengthen small rural towns and emerging suburban communities. Brandon is also actively involved in furthering the planning profession. He co-founded a young planners organization and serves on the board of the American Planning Association’s Chicago Metro Section. Brandon has a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from Michigan State University and two graduate degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago: a Master’s in Urban Planning and Policy and a Master’s in Urban and Environmental Geography.