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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.

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Click here to learn about membership and to join.

Training for Officials

This March, MAP offers training for newly elected officials to provide a better understand their roles and responsibilities and reacquaint experienced officials with innovative planning tools and techniques. Click here to learn more and to register online.


MAP Creates Resource for Master Planning for Resiliency and Sustainability

This information portal is designed to help communities plan for, protect, and preserve their waterfronts. Michigan is a state rich in lakes and rivers and home to the longest freshwater coastline in the world. The list of communities that do not have some sort of waterfront is much shorter than the list of communities that do. http://www.michigancoastalcommunities.com


Planning Excellence & Leadership Award Winners Announced

A jury of APA Wisconsin planners reviewed and scored projects and plans from all over the state.  Nine submissions were selected.

Project partners and leaders were awarded at the Planning Excellence Awards Banquet on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Downtown Kalamazoo.

Link to the full list of winners HERE.


MAP Board Adopts Updated Housing Policy

On August 12, 2016, the MAP Board adopted an updated Housing Policy.  Originally included in MAP’s policy book in 2005, this update simplifies and contemporizes our policy.

Download a .pdf version of the policy.

MAP Board Adopts Regional Planning and Coordination Policy

On June 10, 2016 the MAP Board of Directors adopted a Regional Planning and Coordination Policy.   The policy was reviewed by MAP members, regional planning professionals, and others who provided input to add fullness to the final policy.  MAP uses its adopted policies to guide legislative and programmatic solutions.  Professional planners are encouraged to use the policy to direct local planning efforts that integrate best planning practices.

MAP’s Language of Equity project set out to elevate conversations about social equity through the lens of health and transportation, and to provide community planners with words and phrases to frame messages that will positively affect, and fundamentally change, the way we plan.

We formed a steering committee which was convened several times throughout the project to provide input and guidance. We hired three consultants to help us frame the messages to share the value and benefits of planning through a lens of social equity. We tested the language at for separate meetings using audience polling devices to learn which words and phrases work, and which don’t. We compiled those results, developed a draft report and vetted that with a half dozen national equity experts.Their input was incisive, and we refined the report and the language further. The final results and report were published in the spring issue of the Michigan Planner magazine.


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.


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.

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)
1919 W. Stadium Blvd., Suite 4
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 913-2000

This page last updated on 1/5/2017.


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