MAP: Creating Great Communities For All

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 exists to promote quality community planning through education, information and advocacy, statewide. 

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2020 Planning Awards

The 2020 Planning Excellence and Leadership Award recipients have been decided.  Read all about them.  


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MAP is celebrating its 75th anniversary!  Check out this  timeline of important events during the last 75 years.  

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. 





MAP Board Elections

The American Planning Association will again this year manage the Michigan Chapter 2020 Election. There are 4 open seats, and two incumbents are running for reelection. Kelly Freeman and Brad Kaye, AICP, CFM are each running for a second term. Running for open Board seats are Christina Anderson, AICP, City Planner with City of Kalamazoo and Shari Williams Senior Program Manager with Detroit Future City. Look for election notices from APA - AND from MAP – in mid-July, with voting ending August 17.

 If you do not receive a ballot, check your spam box or email [email protected] to request a ballot.

MAP Reads Pivots to Seize the Moment

Between COVID and the concurrent racial equity issues that have reemerged – once again – in the wake of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the police, we find ourselves in a moment that demands a particular focus.  To that end, we have identified a series of book titles and articles to see us through to the end of the year. Read more . . .   

The event calendar to the right has details, too.   

 Why Planning is Still Important

10 Things Planners Can Do Now

Even when faced with dire emergencies like the pandemic the world is experiencing today, the work of government must continue.  In fact, it is more important than ever during these times, and planners can be leaders in implementing local emergency response efforts.  Read more . . .

MAP Workshops Come to You

MAP is offering virtual workshops!  Please contact Amy Vansen at [email protected] if you are interested in hosting one of our workshops.  All of the same great resources, just remotely.