We've gathered all our research, documents, and toolkits and put them all right here. So whether you want to learn more about what placemaking is, researching State investment programs, or looking for a specific document, this is where you'll find what you need. Use the filters located to your left or the search directly below to easily find what you are looking for.

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Community Development Guidance


Download our Community Development Guidance to review our funding priorities and programs.

Detailed Step-by Step PlacePlanning Guide


PlacePlanning - A Detailed Step-by-Step Guide

Want to do something to improve a place in your neighborhood or community?

Courtesy of Project for Public Spaces (PPS) this document offers detailed steps for evaluating a place, making a place ‘plan’, and putting it into action. Read on to learn how to use the placemaking process to make your neighborhood a better place!

Steps in Summary

Getting ready

Step 1: Assess public space challenges.

Step 2: Select a site.

Step 3: Identify key stakeholders.

 Evaluating your neighborhood

Step 4: Collect data.

 Making a place plan

Step 5: Conduct place evaluation workshop.

Step 6: Translate the ideas into action with a working group.

Step 7: Develop a visual concept plan.

Step 8: Create a summary report and presentation.

 Implementing your place plan

Step 9: Implement short-term actions.

Step 10: Develop long-term design and management plans.

Step 11: Assess results and replicate.


Access the document here.

Downloadable Missing Middle Housing Plans


AVAILABLE Missing Middle Housing Plans for Download

The 18 plan sets which follow are publicly available for your review and download at no charge!

These are from a 2015 Design Competition principally sponsored by the following parties: AIA Michigan, Michigan State Housing Development Authority, MSU Land Policy Institute, Michigan Municipal League and the Michigan Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism. Other endorsing sponsors included the Michigan Historic Preservation Network, Michigan Association of Planning, Habitat for Humanity of Michigan and the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan.

Each set below consists of the following components:

A. Data Summary

B. Overhead (Plan) View

C. Perspective View

D. Limited Cost Specification Detail

Each of these sets are in the public domain and freely available for anyone to view, download, and use.  These are PDF documents, which may not scale to large sizes for viewing, and please note they are large file sizes to download!

Plan Set 1

Plan Set 2

Plan Set 3

Plan Set 4

Plan Set 5

Plan Set 6

Plan Set 7

Plan Set 8

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Plan Set 10

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Plan Set 13

Plan Set 14

Plan Set 15

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Plan Set 17

Plan Set 18

MEDC CD Factsheets


The MEDC CD Factsheets have been developed primarily as a reference tool for Michigan's communities. It is a free, in-depth resource for local officials and community developers and primarily identifies current community and economic development tools available within Michigan. It includes:

Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (PA 381)
Business Improvement District / Principal Shopping District / Business Improvement Zone (PA 120)
Commercial Redevelopment Act (PA 255)
Commercial Rehabilitation Act (PA 210)
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program Community Development Initiatives
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program Business Development Initiatives
Conditional Land Use Transfer (PA 425)
Core Communities
Corridor Improvement Authority (PA 280)
Downtown Development Authority (PA 197)
Local Development Financing Act
Michigan Community Revitalization Program (PA 395)
Neighborhood Enterprise Zone (PA 147)
MI Place Toolkit
Neighborhood Improvement Authority (PA 61)
Obsolete Property Rehabilitation Act (PA 146)
Opportunity Zone
Personal Property Tax Relief in Distressed Communities (PA 328)
Redevelopment Liquor Licenses (PA 501)
Redevelopment Ready Communities®

Please remember that this resource is a living document/work in progress and requires continuous updating to reflect changes in law and/or programs. This information is not intended to be, and should not be, regarded or act as a substitute for legal or other professional advice or opinion.  

Missing Middle Housing


What is Missing Middle Housing?

“Missing Middle” refers to a range of smaller multi-unit or clustered housing types compatible in scale with single-family homes that help meet the growing demand for walkable urban living. These types - including four-plexes, bungalow courts and row/townhouses, provide diverse housing options for affordability, locally-serving retail, and public transportation options. Missing Middle Housing offers a partial solution to the growing demand for walkable neighborhoods and community placemaking.

The current demand for affordable small-footprint or attached housing in Michigan exceeds supply, which is evident in recent market studies conducted across the State.  While zoning codes may limit the types of housing that can be provided, these Missing Middle housing types can meet the need for attractive, affordable, well-built housing within the existing framework of many existing neighborhoods.

Missing Middle housing types succeed best within a walkable neighborhood environment where there is less demand for off-street parking. A variety of building densities offer enough rooftops to support public transit, and safe streets that feature easy access to shops, services, and cultural amenities help to build a strong sense of community.

A complete display of background, descriptions, specifications, and other information is available at the website



We've gathered all our research, information and programs and put them all in our Resources section. So whether you want to learn more about what placemaking is, or you're trying to find programs to help make it happen in your community, you can find what you need there. Below are also additional blogs and podcasts that might be helpful resources as you get started.


Placemaking as an Economic Development Tool: A Placemaking Guidebook




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Redevelopment Ready Communities® Programs Resources Placemaking