Scenic Easements and View Protection

We are blessed in Michigan with an abundance of beautiful landscapes and visual assets both in urban and rural areas. While scenery is important to the overall quality of our communities and essential to promoting tourism across our state, scenic vistas and viewsheds are often destroyed during rapid change, both in the natural and built environments. Identification and protection of these assets is an important component of smart growth and scenic stewardship.  Scenic Michigan is working to develop resources and guidance for individuals and communities interested in protecting. Please reach out to us with any questions you have. 

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News and Updates

Scenic Michigan Releases 2nd Edition of Michigan Sign Guidebook and Offers May Trainings

By Billboards and Sign Control, News

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 decision in Reed v. Town of Gilbert significantly impacted local governments’ approach to sign regulation. The case’s application of the content neutrality doctrine rendered most of the local sign regulations in Michigan unconstitutional. Recent Sixth Circuit court decisions challenge local governments’ ability to continue with longstanding modes…

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Celebrating the “Magic of the Open Road” with Revival of the National Scenic Byways Program

By News, Scenic Byways

Your support at work! Thank you, supporters of Scenic Michigan and Scenic America. We celebrate the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Feb. 16, 2021 announcement of 49 new designations to the America’s Byways® program, including 15 All-American Roads (AAR) and 34 National Scenic Byways (NSB) in 28 states.  Michigan’s Copper Country Trail, River Road Scenic Byway…

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2020 Scenic Michigan Photo Contest Winners

By News

We received over 1,400 entries this fall from photographers all across our beautiful state, showcasing everything from Michigan’s inland lakes, rivers, and country roads to our signature sand dunes, starry nights, and spectacular Great Lakes.  Selecting just six winners was a daunting task, but we’re excited to announce this year’s…

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In Billboard Company’s Challenge to a Michigan Sign Ordinance, the Sixth Circuit Finds That Content-Based Commercial Speech Regulations Are Now Subject to Strict Scrutiny

By Billboards and Sign Control, News

Source Rocky Mountain Sign Law , Author Brian J. Connolly on September 15, 2020 A billboard company’s challenge to the Troy, Michigan sign variance standards–which we reported on three years ago–has now resulted in an appellate decision that has the potential to greatly change commercial speech regulation as we know it.  Two…

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