Michigan State University Extension Citizen Planner Sessions

Citizen Planner Program - $125 (in addition to the conference fee)

We are providing the opportunity for conference attendees to complete the Michigan State University (MSU) Extension Citizen Planner Program in only three (3) days. All sessions will be available beginning on Wednesday morning, September 25, 2019, and ending Friday afternoon, on September 27, 2019. Only people who register for the program (and pay the additional fee) can attend the Citizen Planner Program sessions.

The Citizen Planner Program consists of a six-session course leading to a certificate of completion awarded by MSU Extension. The course is intended for local appointed and elected officials, zoning administrators, and interested citizens. The program cost is $105 and includes the MSU Extension Citizen Planner Program; notebook with extensive handout materials; lunch during the classroom session Wednesday; the general session Thursday, the Keynote Luncheon Thursday, and lunch during the classroom session Friday. This fee is in addition to your conference fee. Sign in and out required.

Participants may also choose to pursue the Master Citizen Planner (MCP) credential by completing the entire course, passing a final exam, and delivering a capstone presentation to their community.

Michigan State University Extension Citizen Planner Program Draft Schedule

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

11:30 AM - 2 PM
MSU Extension Citizen Planner Session 1: Understanding the Planning and Zoning Context
Learn the legal sources and limitations of planning and zoning authority and explore your understanding of ethical decision-making (lunch provided).

2 - 4:30 PM
MSU Extension Citizen Planner Session 2: Planning for the Future of Your Community
Recognize the function and importance of a master plan, know the process for developing one and its relationship to zoning. Lunch provided.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

10:30 AM - 12 PM and 1:45 - 2:45 PM
Citizen Planner Session 3: Implementing the Plan with Zoning
Discover the importance of zoning, learn how zoning is administered and gain confidence in your zoning reviews, including site plans.

2:45 - 5:15 PM
Citizen Planner 4: Making Zoning Decisions
Learn how to adopt and amend a zoning ordinance, understand the role of the zoning board of appeals and obtain skills in basic property development methods.

Friday, September 27, 2019

8:30 - 11:00 AM
Citizen Planner 5: Using Innovative Planning and Zoning
Strategize with placemaking and design-based solutions for local and regional success in the New Economy.

11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Citizen Planner Session 6: Successfully Fulfilling Your Role
Strengthen your ethical decision-making skills, apply standards to your decision-making and know when to ask for help (lunch provided).


Learn more about the Master Citizen Planner Credential


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