Michigan Citizen Planner

Citizen Planner Program - $125 (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, September 27, 2017, and ending with an afternoon session on Friday, September 29, 2017.


Citizen Planner provides time-tested educational programs on important local issues that are proven to be comprehensive without being overwhelming. The complete program is offered at the Planning Michigan Conference to provide a convenient way for busy volunteer community leaders to obtain the latest technical knowledge and information they need to perform their duties more effectively and responsibly. 


The Citizen Planner Classroom Program consists of a seven-session course leading to a certificate of completion awarded by Michigan State University Extension. The course is intended for local appointed and elected officials, zoning administrators and interested citizens.  


Participants may also choose to continue on with the program and earn the Master Citizen Planner (MCP) credential by completing the entire course, an final exam, and a capstone presentation. Master Citizen Planners receive course discounts, exclusive training opportunities and other incentives. 


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 $125 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 9/19/2017.


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