Projects

Greater Lansing Housing Coalition

HUD is partnering with public and non-profit housing agencies to create an analysis of data trends in the tri-county area and assess the anticipated housing needs in the upcoming years. These partners will make an inventory of planned housing projects from housing developers in the City of Lansing in alternating years as well as assess the needs reflecting on the opinions and needs of all community members. Much focus will be placed on traditionally underrepresented individuals in the community to ensure all the correct changes and building occurs in the Tri-County Area.

For more details on this project please visit:

Regional Affordable Housing Plan


Contacts for this project:

  • Julie Powers, Greater Lansing Housing Coalition (517) 372-5980, julie@glhc.org

Greater Lansing Housing Coalition

The School of Planning, Design, and Construction at Michigan State University, in partnership with the Greater Lansing Housing Coalition, is working to provide an accurate diagnosis of current housing and set goals to improve housing affordability across the region. With seventeen years of experience in housing research, Dr. Suk-Kyung Kim has been the project leader. The team will compare the changes of the information on demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of population and households in these areas and physical and socioeconomic characteristics of existing housing stock in Mid-Michigan using census data collected in 2000 and 2010. They will also use expert interviews, planner interviews, reviews of current housing programs and physical housing conditions, and community input from resident surveys to create a thorough study with recommendations for the future of Mid-Michigan’s affordable housing.  

For more details on this project please visit:

Regional Affordable Housing Study

Contacts for this project:

  • Suk-Kyung Kim, Michigan State University at (517) 353-9367, kimsk@msu.edu
  • Julie Powers, Greater Lansing Housing Coalition (517) 372-5980,
    julie@glhc.org 

Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council, in partnership with the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (TCRPC), is collaborating to promote community involvement in the regional planning process, offer information about the financial constraints and legal obligations of the municipalities involved, and involve community members in plans aimed to positively impact the Mid-Michigan area. The TCRPC will provide a framework from which organizations and individuals will be able to work together and utilize the tools the resources TCRPC offers such as educational information and grants as well as hosting public input sessions within neighborhoods and community centers. For applications and more information please

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To view a list of the Community Reinvestment Fund grantees please click here.

For more details on this project please visit: 

Community Reinvestment Fund

Contact for this project:

  • Jeremy Orr, Mid-Michigan Environrmental Action Council (517) 292-3078, midmeac@gmail.com

Michigan Energy Options (MEO) is conducting a complete energy audit of the existing buildings along the 19 mile Michigan/Grand River Avenue Corridor to identify and analyze the energy consumption as well as to project future energy needs. Working with local utilities, MEO will use the data to develop new strategies for increasing energy efficiency and to build new renewable energy programs.

Some of the buildings will also be inspected for health and safety issues to help improve the overall quality of life along the corridor. In addition, this project will also record and describe the auditing process to serve as a model for other communities in Michigan and around the country.

 For more details on this project please visit: 

Regional Energy Study 

Contact for this project:

Tri-County Regional Planning CommissionTri-County Regional Planning Commission (TCRPC) and the MMPGS partners are meeting as a regional Urban Service Management Committee to facilitate the adoption of urban service management areas and encourage municipalities to plan together for sustainable placement of future public water and sewer infrastructure. In order to build capacity for this regional urban service management area, TCRPC staff and consortium members will actively engage in outreach activities to formalize local commitment to its 2011 Urban Service Management Study. Engagement will include presentations to the public and local policy boards, educational materials to be shared amongst stakeholders, and sit-down strategy meetings with planners and policy-makers to address issues of partnership and future collaboration on the provision of services. A televised public media piece will also be developed to provide concise information on urban service management in the greater Lansing area.

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Tri-County Regional Planning Commission

The Greening Mid-Michigan is a three-part project taken on by the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (TCRPC), the Groundwater Management Board, and Middle Grand Regional Organization of Watersheds (MGROW). TCRPC’s goal is to first identify the current level of our region’s investment in green infrastructure planning and to then increase this investment using everyday activities and local policy. This includes:

  • Developing and hosting four workshops promoting inter-jurisdictional Parks and Recreation planning 
  • Hosting an annual community showcase involving the surrounding region’s work and examples of implemented green infrastructure projects
  • A public workshop highlighting existing green elements across our communities and digitizing the workshop results for community access
  • Setting up MSU Citizen Planning Program professional training for 60 or more elected officials 

Secondly, MGROW will assess the current groundwater/wellhead protection policy's levels of protection that was adopted by the local units of government located along the 19-mile Michigan Avenue/Grand River Avenue Corridor over the a three year period.


Lastly, the two organizations will collaborate to host two workshops to gain public involvement and input about some possible services provided by an area wide watershed organization. This organization is already in development, but community involvement is essential for these several smaller disconnected watershed groups to build a strong regional collaborative effort and presence.

For more details on this project please visit:

  Greening Mid-Michigan 



MGROW is pleased to announce a new water resources brand for the Mid-Michigan area: 


 Pollution Isn't Pretty


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Tri-County Regional Planning CommissionMSU LPI

Michigan State University School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC), the Michigan State University Land Policy Institute (LPI), and the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (TCRPC) are working together to develop a series of information resources, technical assistance, and tools to assist with planning the future of the Michigan Avenue/Grand River Avenue Corridor and the rest of the three-county region (Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties). This partnership with MSU is important, for it engages one of our region's major research institutions, brings in expertise in affordable housing and community planning and design, includes college students in the regional planning process, and provides local jurisdictions with valuable tools for sustainability planning.  This project consists of six sub-projects, one of which is managed by TCRPC and the other five by various planning groups located at Michigan State University. For more information on these sub-projects, please visit:

Six Sustainable Design Sub-Projects

Contacts for this project:

TCRPCMI Fitness Foundation

This project is a multi-faceted attempt to improve transportation, trail routes, roads, and other pathways in the Mid-Michigan Corridor that serve the needs of under-represented persons such as youth, the elderly, persons with disabilities, and other residents who cannot rely on a car for transportation.  The Complete Streets project has five sub-projects which will promote: complete streets, safe routes to school, and non-motorized planning and outreach.  

For full details on the sub-projects please visit:

Five Complete Streets Sub-Projects


Contacts for this project:

Michigan Energy Options

Michigan Energy Options, with local web developers at Gravity Works Design, led the creation of the MMPGS Portal, which includes this site, our community discussion forum on MindMixer, and many additional web-based resources. The focus has been developing this site and the MindMixer site to create digital spaces for citizens and stakeholders to share ideas and and shape future decision-making from the feedback received. This work has been continually refined throughout the course of the MMPGS by creating news rolls, enhancing the entire MMPGS social media presence, and using communications team to build stronger ties with all of our project partners and consortium members.

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