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MAP: Making Great Communities Happen

The Michigan Association of Planning (MAP) is a 501 c 3 organization, dedicated to promoting sound community planning that benefits the residents of Michigan.



Register now for Spring Institute

April 9, 2015 | Lansing Radisson

MAP continues its commitment to provide inspirational national speakers and state and local planning and equity experts to provide professional planners and local decision makers with the necessary tools to create prosperous, safe, healthy, and equitable places.

Anita Hairston, AICP, Associate Director, PolicyLink,  will discuss priorities that relate to promoting equitable and fair infrastructure investments, with a focus on transportation. Learn more



Michigan Chapter Reception in Seattle at APA National Conference

Monday, April 20, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Planning to attend the national conference?  Join us!  The reception is always loads of fun, and a great way to connect with fellow planners from Michigan. Click here to learn more and to register.



MAP's Moved!

Please update your records accordingly, and feel free to stop in and visit our new offices!

Detroit Office:
Grand Park Centre
28 W. Adams Ave., Suite 1000
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 962-3800
Ann Arbor Office:
(Central Mailing Address)
Realtor Building
1919 W. Stadium Blvd., Suite 4
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 913-2000


Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Declares October Community Planning Month



Michigan Planner Special Edition: PLACEMAKING 

Summer 2014

To provide community leaders with resources to understand the power of the placemaking approach to community planning and to recognize the myriad tools available to implement best practices at the local and regional level, MAP has devoted the summer issue of the Michigan Planner magazine to placemaking. This super issue covers innovations in the master planning process; the street and place; centers, nodes and corridors as a basis for form; target market analysis; and the use of more contemporized tools like
Form-Based Code, Charettes, and Transportation Oriented Development. 

To link to this issue of the Michigan Planner magazine, click here.



Recently adopted MAP Policy:

In June 2014, MAP adopted a Food Systems Planning Policy.


The Michigan Association of Planning exists to promote quality community planning through education, information and advocacy, statewide. With this as its mission, MAP offers the following planning principles for consideration to all cities, villages, townships, counties and regions in Michigan. These principles were developed and advanced nearly 20 years ago and are just as relevant today in defining what constitutes quality community planning.

Download a pdf. version of the Community Planning Principles.

View or Download (MS Word format) a sample resolution that can be used to adopt these principles in a community.

View a complete list of communities that have adopted the principles. You can become one of the elite members of our principles communities list by downloading the principles and sample resolution for use in your meeting. Once adopted please transmit a copy of the signed resolution of minutes to the MAP office.


MAP Completes PAR (Plan, Access, and Redevelopment) grant project.

In 2012, MAP received grant funding from the CS Mott Foundation and MSHDA to a deliver a planning program to integrate three distinct focus areas into a process that had a foundation in placemaking: transportation, planning, and redevelopment

The hope was to better connect these often disparate planning functions into a cohesive whole and to provide a how to guide for local planners to replicate the process in their communities.   

A comprehensive guidebook was developed which summarizes the findings of the national literature search, and also presents project principles, best practice language for each focus area, and tools and resources. The project is now complete and plans have been delivered to two pilot communities:  Bay City and Coldwater.  

Click here for more resources from the PAR Project!

Save Gas Money! MAP Workshops Come to You

Your community's planning officials don't have to spend money on gas to drive very far to attend MAP training programs. MAP's on-site workshop program brings the training to you. At an on-site workshop an instructor comes to your location, at a time and date convenient for your participants, and presents a comprehensive educational program, addressing the specific needs of your community. Click here to learn more about the program.

Thank you to our Corporate Members!
The MAP Corporate Membership provides an opportunity for members to further the associationís mission, and provides recognition to the corporate member who says: I want MAP to be more involved, I want MAP to have a louder voice. Click here to view MAP's current Corporate Members and learn how your company can join at this membership level.

This page last updated on 3/19/2015.


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