Michigan Citizen Planner

Citizen Planner Program - $95 (in addition to the conference fee)


Once again we are providing the opportunity for conference attendees to earn the Michigan Citizen Planner Certificate. All sessions will be available beginning on Wednesday morning, October 26, 2016, and ending with an afternoon session on Friday, October 28, 2016.

Michigan Citizen Planner is a non-credit course series leading to a certificate of completion awarded by Michigan State University Extension (MSUE  This program is intended for new planning commissioners, ZBA members, elected officials, zoning administrators and interested citizens.  The course covers job basics for planning and zoning, new economy principles, best practices, court decisions, conflict of interest and effective meetings.


The course is a widely recognized certificate training program for local land use decision-makers.  Participants can continue on to earn the Master Citizen Planner credential.


Complete the entire course in three days!  To earn the certificate of completion, you must attend all of the following core sessions:

  • Introduction to Planning and Zoning
  • MAP's Planning and Zoning Essentials (equivalent of two core sessions)
  • Legal Foundations of Planning and Zoning
  • Plan Implementation - Tool and Development Controls
  • Best Practices for Innovative Planning and Zoning
  • Art of Community Planning

The program cost is $95 and includes the MSUE Citizen Planner Program;  notebook with extensive handout materials; and lunch on Wednesday and Friday. This fee is in addition to your conference fee.  Sign in and out required.


The Master Citizen Planner Credentialing Program

This year all sessions (except the Citizen Planner Program core sessions) are designated for Master Citizen Planner Continuing Education Credits. The Master Citizen Planner (MCP) certification was developed to provide advanced skill development and a benchmark for continuing education among Michigan elected and appointed officials and citizen volunteers. The MCP program involves completing the Citizen Planner course of core sessions, passing an online examination, deliver a capstone presentation, and completing a minimum of six continuing education credit hours every  year. 


The MCP designation is an achievement recognized as the standard of excellence among planning officials and community leaders in Michigan.

This page last updated on 8/26/2016.

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