MAP History

People, Planning, and Places - 75 Years of the Michigan Association of Planning


1945:  The Michigan County Planning Act and the Michigan Regional Planning Commission Act are signed into law.  

1945:  The Michigan Society of Municipal Planning Officials (MSMPO) is formed.  It is the 7th state planning association in the nation.


 1948 study on master plans  


1949:  Federal Housing Act is signed into law. Significantly increases the FHA mortgage insurance program for non-defense housing.


1949 Image


 1953:  MSMPO is renamed the Michigan Society of Planning Officials (MSPO).



1956:  Federal Highway Act is signed into law.


Federal Highway Act

1957:  The Mackinac Bridge is opened.

Mackinac Bridge

1950s Conference Programs

1960: Michigan becomes the first state to complete a border-to-border interstate highway (I-94). 1960
1963:  Michigan ratifies its fourth constitution.   1963
1964 - 1968:  Great Society is initiated including new programs, policies and laws. 1964
1966: MSPO is the largest state planning association in the nation, with 1,270 members.  
1967:  Detroit Rebellion. 1967
1960s Conference Programs  
1970:  The EPA is established. 1970
1972:  Clean Water Act is signed into law. 1972
1976: Referendum vote banned throwaway bottles in Michigan. 1976
1978:  The Headlee Amendment signed into law. 1978
1978:   The American Planning Association (APA) is formed from a consolidation of the American Institute of Planners (AIP) and the American Society of Planning Officials (ASPO).  Click on the APA logo to read more about the history of these two parent organizations. 1978
1978 Conference Program  
1981:  Michigan's Right to Farm Act signed into law 1981
1983:  MSPO obtains 501c3 status.  
1990: Americans with Disabilities Act signed into law. 1990
1995:  First Memorial Scholarship Golf Outing is held.  
1995:  MSPO turns 50! 1995
2000:  Michigan Society of Planning Officials and the Michigan Chapter of the American Planning Association merge. 2000
2006: Michigan Zoning Enabling Act.  MAP led effort to consolidate three zoning enabling acts into a single act.  
2007:  Lasting from December 2007 to June 2009, the Great Recession, was the longest economic downturn  since World War II. 2007
2008: Michigan Planning Enabling Act. MAP led effort to consolidate three planning enabling acts into a single act.  
2020: MAP has 3,992 members.  


For additional planning history, check out Professor Scott Campbell's planning history timeline or the American Planning Association's timeline