In 1996 the Michigan Land Information Access Association assisted seven Michigan communities in articulating their local character. Using Community Information Systems (CIS) plans were created to sustain and enhance these respective community values.
The Michigan Land Information Access Association (LIAA) assisted seven Michigan communities with a process that helped them articulate what they love and wish to protect. LIAA recognized that the problem created by sprawl and poor planning is “not an absence of concern or desire, but the absence of a method for injecting the qualities of places worth preserving into local land use decision making. While each individual decision may make sense, the cumulative effect of many decisions over years may be a drastic and undesired change in community character…”
Among the most innovative aspects of this program was the comprehensive community information system (CIS) that enabled the public to work toward sound decisions to build the community vision in the long-term. The process involved five major components, each with distinct time frames, goals, and outcomes.