Regional Workshops for Officials

MAP's 2021 training for elected and appointed officials will be virtual via ZOOM.  Participants will be mailed materials ahead of time.  

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Planning and Zoning Essentials

Live Instruction over two days

The most requested training product we offer. This course is designed to boost confidence by sharpening skills, examining roles and responsibilities, identifying conflicts of interest, understanding legal foundations, and more!

This program is a robust introduction for new planning commissioners and zoning board of appeals, but also a great refresher for more experienced officials looking to build upon existing knowledge. This program also provides a broad overview for students and emerging planners who want to learn about planning procedures in Michigan.

Public hearing procedures, site plan review, master planning, zoning ordinances, variances, how to determine practical difficulty, and standards for effective decision-making are covered.  Four total hours of instruction. 

Select from two options: 

Wednesday, March 3 and Thursday, March 4, from 6 to 8 PM

Tuesday, March 23 and Wednesday, March 24, from 1 to 3 PM

Member Rate:  $75

Nonmember Rate:  $100

Student Rate: $25

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Managing Risk

One session | Live Instruction 

As more communities face litigation related to planning and zoning decisions, this is essential training for all elected officials, planning commissioners, 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.

Tuesday, March 9, from 6 to 8:30 PM

Member Rate:  $65

Nonmember Rate:  $95

Student Rate:  $25

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Site Plan Review 

Live Instruction over two days

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.

Wednesday, March 10 and Thursday, March 11, from 1 to 3 PM

Member Rate:  $85

Nonmember Rate:  $105

Student Rate:  $25

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Master Planning Process

Live Instruction over two days

This workshop is designed for those communities updating existing master plans as well as those creating entirely new ones. Roll up your sleeves and learn step-by-step about the requirements, components, and stakeholder involvement you’ll need to organize when drafting or amending a master plan.

Tuesday, March 30 and Wednesday March 31, from 6 to 8 PM

Member Rate:  $75

Nonmember Rate:  $100

Student Rate:  $25

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Planning and Zoning for Inspectors and Code Enforcement Officers

One session | Live Instruction 

A community’s inspector is the final and often the first word in zoning enforcement. They are the ones that see and hear how the zoning ordinance is working for property owners, but are often not at the table when master plans and ordinances are being developed. This 2 hour workshop offers inspectors and officers a concise history of planning and zoning, the local players involved in the community and their roles, a tour of a typical zoning ordinance and development reviews and best practices for administration. 

Tuesday, March 16, from 1 to 3 PM 

Member Rate:  $45

Nonmember Rate:  $65

Student Rate:  $25

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Build Your Own Workshop 

Recorded

Select from a list of topics that are most relevant to the issues facing your community. Sessions range from 24 minutes to 2.5 hours.   See full descriptions here.  

Watch On Demand, packages include three sessions.

Member Rate:  $75

Nonmember Rate:  $100

Student Rate:  $25

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If you are interested in training for your community sooner, on site workshops can be scheduled for your community anytime.  Click here for more information on scheduling one today!