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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.



Training Schedule for Elected and Appointed Officials

Our knowledgeable and experienced instructors enable elected and appointed officials to better understand their roles and responsibilities, and innovative planning tools and techniques. Click here to learn more about training for Capital Improvement Programs, Site Plan Review, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Planning and Zoning Essentials.



2018 Planning Excellence and Leadership Awards


Michigan Association of Planning is now accepting nominations.  Deadline is May 1, 2018.  Click here for details.  



Call for Applications: Planning for Health Technical Assistance

The Michigan Association of Planning (MAP), in association with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), is seeking applications from communities interested in incorporating health into their master plan and associated land use policies and codes.  

Details about this technical ass asp?pmtinit=iXwb7CsbWnL7qsFr&li istance opportunity and the eligibility requirements are provided in the Request for Applications.  Applications are due by Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at noon. For more information, visit the MAP Planning for Health webpage and contact Wendy Rampson at wrampson@planningmi.org.


Legislative Alert:  URGENT Call to Action


The Michigan Association of Planning is closely following the Short Term Rental Bills (SB 329 & HB 4503) and we expect that Senate Bill 329 will receive a hearing in the local government very soon.  If you’ve not voiced your opinion or sent letter to committee chairs please do.  MAP opposes both bills.  A confirmation that the hearing is confirmed will be sent as soon as we know, so watch for an email with the subject LEGISLATIVE ALERT in the next few days.


The Bills would preempt local municipalities from regulating short-term rentals, eliminating all local zoning control over these uses. Under these bills, Short Term Rentals are re-classified from commercial land uses to residential land uses and would be exempt from reasonable local land use regulations.  Language in the bills would allow any existing lease to be amended to a 28-day or less reoccurring lease and to qualify as a short-term rental and be exempt from local regulation.


A dangerous precedent would be set if the bills pass, paving the way for additional preemptions to local zoning and potentially leading to further erosions to local control. 


MAP urges you to help defeat these bills.  Call, email and send letters to your legislators.  ATTEND the committee hearing if you are able, and plan to testify against the bill. 


It is very important to reach out to your local legislators, especially your senator, and the senate members of the committee where this bill has been referred to!


MAP is part of a coalition seeking to defeat these bills.  Here are MAP talking points. We are collaborating with the Michigan Municipal League (MML) (find their talking points here) and with the MI Lodging & Tourism Association (see their press release).   


Share this information with your elected and appointed officials, staff, neighborhood groups, concerned citizens, colleagues, and others.


Find your State legislator HERE.


Find Senate Local Government Committee Members HERE.


For additional information or to sign up for alerts, click HERE.



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



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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.


MAP's Moved!

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 1/18/2018.


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