Land use planning can affect our quality of life and the kinds of work people do in a community. Former Governor Jennifer Granholm stated that thousands of young adults are moving away from Michigan every year. They may be seeking a better quality of life and more rewarding work. Better land use policies may help keep young adults from leaving Michigan. The State of Michigan can only do so much to improve the quality of life in your area. Most of the improvements have to be made at the local level of government.
Your task is to write good land use proposals, which will increase the quality of life in your community and encourage you to stay there as an adult.
Here are the major steps of this project:
- Write Hypotheses: Students will write five initial proposal hypotheses. An hypothesis is a statement that may be true but needs to be studied and tested. Hypotheses on what would be good land use policies can never be proven, but can be disproved. First you will think of five ideas individually, then your whole class will decide on five hypotheses.
- List draft propsals, one to three sentences describing the proposal.
- Speak with an Expert: Test and discuss the hypotheses with experts and students from other classes.
- Review Your Hypotheses: Review and possibly revise the hypotheses and reduce the five to one.
- Research Your Hypothesis: Research the hypothesis by collecting data from websites, newspapers and journals, interviews and surveys.
- Refine the Hypothesis: Refine the hypothesis based on the research.
- Write and Present Policy: Write your proposal and action plan and develop a presentation.
- Present over Video Conference: Present to other classes, experts and audiences that write the policies in your community.