Issues & Ideas Luncheon, May 2003

Listen to Expert Speakers Over Lunch

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy is pleased to host monthly Issues & Ideas Luncheons in Lansing. These luncheons, which feature experts on a diverse array of subjects, offer a forum that enhances and broadens the policy debate to include theoretical and philosophical ideals—and suggestions for achieving them.

Legislative staff, policy specialists, and other interested friends are cordially invited to our


“Improving Michigan Land Use Policy”


Samuel R. Staley, Ph.D.
President, the Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions


Thursday, May 22, 2003


12:00 - 1:15 p.m.


The Mackinac Room, 5th Floor
House Office Building
124 North Capitol, Lansing


Lunch is provided at no charge,
with reservation.

From town halls to the state Legislature, managing land use now ranks high on the policy agenda. Competing proposals run the gamut from strict limits on growth to the abolition of zoning. Lacking consensus, Michigan citizens, legislators and policy leaders must look elsewhere for guidance on crafting sound policy.

Such guidance can be drawn from the experiences of states such as Washington, Maryland, Virginia and California, where a variety of Smart Growth initiatives have been tested. Dr. Sam Staley, a nationally recognized expert on land use policy, will report on the results of these initiatives, and how Michigan can best put these lessons to use in improving state policy.

Dr. Staley is the author of Smarter Growth: Market-based Strategies for Land-use Planning in the 21st Century (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2001). He currently serves as president of the Buckeye Institute, an independent research and education institute in Columbus, Ohio, and chairs the planning board in Bellbrook, Ohio. Dr. Staley previously directed the Urban Futures Program at Reason Public Policy Institute.

The luncheon begins promptly at 12:00 noon. Please make reservations for yourself and any guests by noon on May 19, 2003, by calling the Mackinac Center at
(989) 631-0900 or send your e-mail to:

The Purpose of the Issues & Ideas Luncheon
The nature of the legislative process is such that public policy debates are often framed by specific constituencies and political pragmatism rather than sound principles. By offering a forum for wide-ranging discussion, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy hopes to broaden the debate to include theoretical and philosophical ideals—and how to achieve them. The best interests of Michigan citizens can only be served when legislation incorporates our best understanding of legal, economic, psychological, moral and scientific principles.


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