26 March 2014

Charrettes are Taking Hold in Mid-Michigan

“We wanted to bring charrettes to mid-Michigan as a model for involving the community in planning projects.”

This is typically how Susan Pigg, Director of the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (TCRPC), introduces the Michigan Avenue/Grand River Avenue Vision Project. For this project, NCI led a design team through two charrettes to complete a detailed vision plan for this 21-mile corridor. The results are contained in the full color Capitol Corridor Report available for download here. NCI and Dover, Kohl & Partners presented the report to a formal meeting of the TCRPC that voted to accept the report on the spot. Now that’s the way to conclude a project!

Charrettes are already taking hold as a way of doing planning in mid-Michigan. The Michigan Avenue/Grand River Avenue project was not even finished when the Capital Area Transit Agency (CATA) announced that they would use the charrette process for their East Lansing section of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project. This charrette, led by Dover, Kohl & Partners begins today through the 23rd of March.

The Michigan Avenue/Grand River Avenue Vision Project is now a featured case study in the NCI Charrette System™ Certificate training. See details below for our upcoming training in Washington, D.C. May 5-9.