Michigan State University Citizen Planner Program

October 12-14, 2022


Special MAP Discounted Course Fee: $125 per person (in addition to the conference fee) 

Back by popular demand, conference attendees can complete the Michigan State University (MSU) Extension Citizen Planner Program in only three (3) days. All sessions will be available beginning on Wednesday morning, October 12, 2022, and ending Friday afternoon, October 14, 2022. Only registrants 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 $125 and includes the MSU Extension Citizen Planner Program; notebook with extensive handout materials; lunch during the classroom session Wednesday; the general sessions Wednesday and 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 Schedule

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

11:00 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
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.
Tyler Augst, Extension Educator

2:30 - 5:00 p.m.
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.
Harmony Gmazel, AICP, Extension Educator

Thursday, October 13, 2022

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1:45 - 2:45 p.m.
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, AICP, Extension Educator

2:45 - 5:15 p.m.
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.
Brad Neumann, AICP, Senior Extension Educator

Friday, October 14, 2022

8:30 - 11:00 a.m.
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 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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
Kambriana Crank, Extension Educator; Harmony Gmazel, AICP, Extension Educator


Learn more about the Master Citizen Planner Credential