City of Wixom Kicks Off Economic Development Strategy

US EDA funding spurs economic development project in southeast Michigan The planners at Clearzoning, Inc. have recently been tapped to assist the City of Wixom, MI with the preparation of an Economic Development Strategy. This study is funded, in part, with a US Economic Development Administration grant. We have assembled a team that includes Brent Eastman of Identity PR of Bingham Farms, MI, branding and public relations specialists based in Oakland County, and Howard Kohn of The Chesapeake Group of Cadillac, MI and Baltimore, MD to partner on this project. Howard Kohn, president of The Chesapeake Group has over 40 years of experience in market analysis and economic development planning. The project has three main components: Understanding the City’s assets and creating strategies fill gaps in the market for industrial, retail, and research and development businesses; Creating an efficient land development review process within the City; Assisting the City in the development of its unique “brand voice”—an understanding of who the City is, what it has to offer, and how that message is best shared. On May 15, Rod Arroyo met with several area businesses to give an overview presentation of the project. This summer, along with extensive research, our team will survey and interview local businesses and residents to learn more about the local workforce and the needs of local businesses. Strategies to strengthen the attractiveness of the workforce through education and specialized training will be developed. In addition, we will look for opportunities to facilitate collaborations between existing businesses and potential new businesses. We look forward to working with this community over the next several...

Meet Clearzoning at the APA Conference!

Attending the American Planning Association Annual Conference in Chicago April 13-17?   Stop by the Exhibit Hall and meet the staff at Clearzoning – and see a Clearzoning ordinance in action! Find us at Booth #533. In addition, Clearzoning’s Rod Arroyo and David Birchler will be presenting “The Little Suburb that Could” at a special event dinner on April 16 (6-8 p.m.). Rod and Dave will share the story of how, in the midst of Michigan’s severe recession, one city is looking for ways to position the community for future growth and improvement. Learn more about the positive steps taken by this small city over the past four years. Register here for this...

March News – Traffic Crash Studies

Make Your Roads Safer     The University of Michigan reports that a crash occurs on Michigan roadways about once every 2 minutes, on average.  Some crashes are largely attributable to single obvious causes, such as drunk driving or “texting” on a cell phone.  However, many crashes are affected by a combination of factors that might include: Unusual roadway design Traffic control feature(s) different than the driver expected Poor visibility due to darkness and/or weather An unforgiving roadside The likelihood of crashes and/or severe injuries occurring can generally be reduced by improving the roadway, roadside, and/or traffic controls (i.e., pavement markings, signs, signals). Learn more about how communities can direct their limited safety improvement funds by creating a more cost-effective local safety program based on a comprehensive traffic crash study. March 2013 – Traffic Crash...

City of Farmington Hills Transforms Ordinance

On January 28, 2013, the City of Farmington Hills adopted a new clearzoning ordinance. The process started in April and involved “taking apart” the old Zoning Ordinance and reorganizing the regulations into a more user-friendly format. The February 3 Observer & Eccentric news reports more about this exciting change for the City of Farmington...

February News – Big Changes

Clearzoning reflects on accomplishments of 2012 and looks ahead to 2013. Our biggest news is our official name change from Birchler Arroyo Associates, Inc. to Clearzoning. Clients of BA and Clearzoning know our great work, but many do not know that we are the same company. Read more about our exciting change….February 2013 News Social media...