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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.



The Michigan Association of Planning’s education programs provide participants with the skills and knowledge to make better land use decisions. Our knowledgeable and experienced instructors enable new elected and appointed officials to better understand their roles and responsibilities, and reacquaint experienced ones with innovative planning tools and techniques.

This year, MAP is offering the Planning and Zoning Essentials workshop at four locations, and four additional workshops will cover MAP’s most in-demand specialty topics:  Capital Improvements Programs, Community Engagement, and Site Plan Review.  For dates and locations, see the MAP calendar on this page.  Several sites reached capacity last year, so register early.  Online registration is now open!

Form Based Code 301

April 20-21 | Lansing

14 CM Credits | $150

MAP is once again partnering with the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) and the Form Based Code Institute (FBCI) to deliver FBC training.  FBC 301, a two day, high level training,  will be offered on April 20 and 21 in Lansing.  14 CM credits are offered (including 1.5 law).

FBC 101 is a prerequisite which must be completed to be eligible to register for the 301 course.  101 is an online course offered through Planetizen https://courses.planetizen.com/track/form-based-codes-101; 8 CM credits are offered for the FBC 101. 


Thanks to MSHDA's generous sponsorship you won't find the Form Based Code course less expensively anywhere.  Contact Andrea Brown at abrown@planningmi.org to register or for additional information.

MAP Language of Equity (LOE) Report

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.

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

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!


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'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

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 2/10/2016.


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