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Community Assessment Tools

There are several community assement tools available.  

Community Assessments

This link will take you to a webpage with that contains several assessment tools for communities.  Some of the topics include community development, tourism, conducting community surveys, community programs for youth, etc.



Master Plan Checklist
SWMPC developed a smart growth assessment checklist for community master plans in cooperation with the Van Buren County Planning Commission. Master/Land Use Plan Smart Growth Assessment Checklist



Recreation Plan Checklist

A Recreation Plan Checklist for Green Infrastructure was developed by SWMPC.  SWMPC has assessed several current Recreation Plans in Berrien, Cass and Van Buren Counties using this checklist.  Please contact Marcy Hamilton at hamiltonm@swmpc.org to see if your plan has been assessed.  Click here to download the checklist for your use.


Other Useful Information for Municipalities: 


Steps to Adopt a Township Land Use or Master Plan

A summary of steps for adopting a Township Land Use or Master Plan.

This page last updated on 5/23/2016.
Southwest Michigan Planning Commission  
376 West Main Street  Suite 130  Benton Harbor, MI 49022-3651
Phone: 269.925.1137  Fax: 269.925.0288  

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