Planning Conference | October 7-9, 2020 | Virtual

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Special MAP Discounted Course Fee: $100 per person (in addition to the conference fee)

Regularly $225! | Scholarships/reimbursement info available 

  • An Online Intensive in Land Use Training
  • A Certificate Course for Community Land Use Decision-Makers
  • Interactive & engaging, this course is proven to increase job confidence and decision-making.
  • Taught by a team of statewide Michigan State University Extension Educators 

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 $100 and includes the MSU Extension Citizen Planner Program; notebook with extensive handout materials. 

Only people who register for the program (and pay the additional fee) can attend the Citizen Planner Program sessions.  Citizen Planner Program attendees will receive a separate registration confirmation from MSUE staff that will provide a link for the citizen planner zoom classes. 

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 

 


Monday, October 5, 2020

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 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. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2020                                                                                                           

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 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. 

Monday, October 12, 2020                                                                                                   

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 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. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2020                                                                                                         

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 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. 

Monday, October 19, 2020                                                                                                   

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.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. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020                                                                                                         

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 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. 

 

Learn more about the Master Citizen Planner Credential

 

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