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…
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.