The Michigan Association of Planning offers a variety of resources to assist local planning officials, professional planners and planning students. Follow the links below to learn more.

Information Resources

Access valuable information and implementation tools on a variety of planning related topics and issues, including coastal resiliencysustainability and tourismplanning during a pandemic resourcesplanning and zoning lawcommunity planning principles and the planner's code of ethics.



MAP produces and distributes a wide variety of publications of interest to both professional and citizen planners, ranging from general topics to technical advice on specific issues.


Planning Quick Sheets

The Michigan Association of Planning (MAP) developed a series of more than 30 topical briefs for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).  These briefs and a collection of other resources are housed in the Redevelopment Ready Communities RRC Online Resource Library.  


Careers and RFP's

Job seekers: Search MAP's listings for planning jobs in the state.

Employers: Post positions and attract qualified candidates. 

Communities:  Advertise  Requests for Proposals (RFPs).




Since 2020, MAP has recorded a number of webinars on a wide range of planning and zoning topics that qualify for CM credits; some are free and some are available for small registration fee. Details on MAP's recorded offerings here.


U. S. Census Bureau

The U.S. Census Bureau latest data explorer tool, My Community Explorer (MCE) is an interactive map-based tool that highlights demographic and socioeconomic data that measure inequality and can help inform data-based solutions.


MAP Reads

The group was formed to bring together metro Detroit planners to discuss books related to planning, racial justice, and the City of Detroit, although the themes have expanded since the group’s inception. See list of past books here.  

You do not have to “join” to participate.  Attend when the title appeals to you, or come even if you would just like to sit in and listen.  We have some hard-core members who attend every discussion, some that come and go, and there are new members at every single meeting.  

Interested in joining MAP Reads but don’t live or work in Metro Detroit?  We are happy to help you establish a group for your area, or you can Zoom in.  Contact Andrea at the MAP office.