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Planning and Zoning Essentials Workshop

Registration and Networking Lunch:  11 AM to 11:45 AM | Program:  11:45 AM to 4:30 PM

3 Locations to Choose From!

Grand Rapids | Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Frankenmuth | Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Jackson | Thursday, March 19, 2020

This program is a robust introduction for new planning commissioners and zoning board of appeals members, but also a great refresher for more experienced officials looking to build upon existing knowledge. Public hearing procedures, site plan review, master planning, zoning ordinances, variances, how to determine practical difficulty, and standards for effective decision-making are covered. Light meal provided. 

Member Rate: $105 | Non Member Rate:  $135 |  APA Student Member Rate: $30

 

Community Engagement 

Registration and Networking Dinner: 5 PM to 5:30 PM  |  Program:  5:30 PM to 9 PM

Grand Rapids | Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Knowing which public engagement technique to use for which audience, and managing the public participation process so that all voices can be heard, while ensuring that the input is meaningful and relevant is one of a community's greatest challenges.  A process that can be rife with politics on one hand, and rewarding and beneficial on another, is part and parcel of the effort.  This interactive session explains best practices on how to engage with community members and stakeholders in a meaningful way. 

3.5 Master Citizen Planner Credits.  Light meal provided.

Member Rate: $100 | Non Member Rate: $130  |  APA Student Member Rate: $30

 

Managing Risk 

Registration and Networking Dinner: 5 PM to 5:30 PM  | Program:  5:30 PM to 8 PM

Frankenmuth | Wednesday, March 11, 2020

As more communities face litigation related to planning and zoning decisions, this is essential training for all elected officials, planning commissioners and zoning board of appeals members and emerging planning professionals. Topics include identifying a conflict of interest, applying discretionary standards during special land use reviews, reasonable expectations of a developer and how your comprehensive plan can minimize risk. 

2.5 Master Citizen Planner Credits. Light meal provided. 

Member Rate: $100 | Non Member Rate: $130  |  APA Student Member Rate: $30

 

Zoning Administration 

Registration and Networking Lunch: 11 AM to 11:45 AM  | Program:  11:45 AM to 4:30 PM

Taylor | Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The zoning administrator is responsible for ensuring the integrity and effectiveness of the zoning process and for the public support it receives. Since he or she is often the initial contact with affected property owners, intelligent administration and enforcement conducted with sensitivity to public relations is essential. This program is for zoning administrators in rural, suburban, or urban settings as well as municipal officials, other staff members, or citizens interested in a more complete understanding of all facets of zoning administration. 

3.5 Master Citizen Planner Credits, 3.5 AICP CM Credits.  Light meal provided.

Member Rate:  $115 | Non Member Rate:  $145  |  APA Student Member Rate: $30   

 

Site Plan Review 

Registration and Networking Dinner: 5 PM to 5:30 PM  | Program:  5:30 PM to 9 PM 

Taylor | Wednesday, March 18, 2020

This program will demonstrate the site plan review and approval process and provide practical tools and techniques on how to read a site plan. You’ll discuss site design principles, such as pedestrian and traffic considerations, lighting, utilities, ADA compliance, inspections, and landscaping. Participants in this hands-on workshop receive an engineering scale, turning template, and a sample site plan to evaluate. 

3.5 Master Citizen Planner Credits.  Light meal provided.

Member Rate:  $115 | Non Member Rate:  $150  |  APA Student Member Rate: $30   

 

Clean Energy Planning

Registration and Networking Dinner: 5 PM to 5:30 PM | Program:  5:30 PM to 8 PM

Jackson | Thursday, March 19, 2020

This workshop explores why planners--especially those in rural communities--need to consider renewable energy in their planning and zoning, and provide practical tools for doing so.  Local appointed and elected officials will learn how the market for renewables is changing and the opportunities that may exist in all environments (urban, suburban and rural).  Communities that have large parcels of open land (250+ acres), who are considering wind and solar farms will find this workshop particularly valuable.  

2.5 Master Citizen Planner Credits.  Light meal provided.

Member Rate:  $100 | Non Member Rate:  $130  |  APA Student Member Rate: $30   


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