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.
Transportation Bonanza 6
MAP, in partnership with the Michigan Safe Routes to School Program, is launching the 6th annual Transportation Bonanza! This multidisciplinary event brings together professionals from planning, education, transportation, health, engineering, natural resource and environmental protection, architecture, landscape architecture—and more—to mobilize around the topic of community building for health and accessibility.
Training Workshops for Elected and Appointed Officials
MAP training workshops for 2015 are scheduled! This year, in addition MAP's basic training Planning & Zoning Essentials, we're offering training in Community Engagement, Site Plan Review, and Advanced Zoning Board of Appeals: Beyond the Basics.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Declares October Community Planning Month
Michigan Planner Special Edition: PLACEMAKING
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:
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 12/15/2014.