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.
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 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 association’s 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.
Please update your records accordingly, and feel free to stop in and visit our new offices!
Ann Arbor Office:
1919 W. Stadium Blvd., Suite 4
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 913-2000 Phone
(734) 913-2061 Fax
This page last updated on 2/23/2017.