Michigan State University Extension Citizen Planner Sessions

Citizen Planner Program - $105 (in addition to the conference fee)

Back by popular demand, 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 Thursday morning, September 20, 2018, and ending by lunchtime on Saturday, September 22, 2018. 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; the opening general session Thursday, lunch during the classroom session Thursday, and the keynote Luncheon 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.


Thursday, September 20, 2018 | 11:00 AM - 1:30 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 Included.
Harmony Gmazel, AICP, MSU Extension

Thursday, September 20, 2018 | 1:45 - 4:15 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.
Brad Neumann, AICP, MSU Extension

Thursday, September 20, 2018 | 4:30 - 5:30 PM & Friday, September 21, 2018 | 8:30 - 10:00 AM

MSU Extension 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.
Mary Reilly, MSU Extension

Friday, September 21, 2018 | 10:15 AM – Noon & 2:00 - 2:45 PM

MSU Extension Citizen Planner Session 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.
Wendy Walker, MSU Extension

Friday, September 21, 2018 | 3:00 - 5:30 PM

MSU Extension Citizen Planner Session 5 | Using Innovative Planning and Zoning
Strategize with placemaking and design-based solutions for local and regional success in the New Economy.
Crystal Wilson, MSU Extension

Saturday, September 22, 2018 | 9:00 AM – Noon

MSU Extension 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.
Lindsey Gardner, MSU Extension

The Master Citizen Planner Credential

This year all conference sessions (except the Citizen Planner Program core sessions) are designated for Master Citizen Planner (MCP) continuing education hours. The MCP credential was developed to provide advanced skill development and a benchmark for continuing education among Michigan elected and appointed officials and citizen volunteers making land use decisions. Maintaining the MCP credential involves completing a minimum of six continuing education hours each year.
The MCP credential is an achievement recognized as the standard of excellence among planning officials and community leaders in Michigan.

Learn more about the Master Citizen Planner Credential