Events & Education

The Michigan Association of Planning's education programs provide participants with the skills and knowledge to make good land use decisions. Our instructors enable new community planning officials to better understand their roles and responsibilities, reacquaint experienced officials with current planning tools and techniques, provide the professional planner with professional development opportunities, and broaden urban planning students knowledge of statewide best practices.


Annual Training Programs


Planning Michigan Conference

  • MAP’s premiere, annual educational event
  • General sessions, national experts, breakouts, mobiles, networking, basic and advanced courses
  • #1 source of best planning practices in Michigan                          

Student Conference

  • MAP is dedicated to supporting student development in the planning profession
  • Connects the future generation of planners from 8 Michigan universities to seasoned planners and state land use leaders
  • Student led and managed, the event attracts more than 125 students annually.


Specialty Programs

  • Spring Institute  - Recent topics have included: Social Equity Aging in Place, Climate Adaptation, as well as Entrepreneurs and Economic Development
  • Transportation Bonanza - Safe Routes to School implementation, multi-modal transportation 
  • Webinars - featuring hot topics and legal issues, these webinars provide convenient and free training.  


Our On-Site Program offers a menu of topics to choose from with the option to customize programming for your community’s needs.

  • These programs come to you!  We deliver the instructor and curriculum, you coordinate invitations and the facility:  cost effective training convenient and close to home.
  • Topics include Planning and Zoning Essentials, Site Plan Review, Zoning Board of Appeals, Complete Streets, CIP, and more.

Planning and Zoning Essentials

MAP provides the nuts and bolts of planning and zoning for Michigan’s elected and appointed officials. Ideal for brand new officials, and seasoned officials in need of a refresher, these trainings are offered annually at two central locations in early Spring.


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This page last updated on 5/14/2018.

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