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

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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2019 Scenic Michigan Photo Contest Winners

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We are excited to announce the winners of Scenic Michigan’s 2019 Photo Contest. This year, thanks to our partnership with MLive, we received over 2,000 submissions. We are thankful to everyone who participated in this contest. Our judges definitely reported that they found it challenging to select just one winner…

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2019 Photo Contest

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We are excited to announce the beginning of our 2019 Photo Contest. This year we’re taking it up a notch and we have partnered with MLive to increase the visibility of the contest. We’re thrilled that we’ll be able to share the many amazing photos we receive with a broader…

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Scenic Michigan 2018 Scenic Heros

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Last night we presented Troy resident, Alec Peeples (Keep Troy Beautiful) and the City of Troy with Scenic Hero Awards! Thanks to good community organizing (following the permitting of 5 digital billboards in Troy) and a responsive City Council, the City of Troy adopted a new sign ordinance in 2018…

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