Highlighted Sessions and Events

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 

Creative Solutions to Vexing Planning Challenges 

Community planners face tough dilemmas daily, from balancing political pressure with technical acumen and ethics to holding firm to a zoning ordinance that might not be exactly… up to date. We’ll look at some out of the box solutions to problems planners face daily, and give you a chance to share your own in this interactive session.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017 | 5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

General Session: Housing 

In the housing world, the Not in My Backyard (NIMBY) syndrome connotes objections made to stop the development of affordable housing for reasons such as fear and prejudice. The NIMBY movement around housing for low income families and people with special needs is harmful for everyone. Tools for overcoming opposition will be introduced.

Jaimie Ross, Florida Housing Coalition


Thursday, September 28, 2017 | 7:15 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. 

Lace Them Up! Walk/ Run 

What better place to walk or run than the car-free paths and streets of Mackinac Island? Meet in the lobby to run, walk or mosey – rain or shine – on a “you pick the pace and distance” course. We will have three different paced groups (and a leader for each group) so enjoy the sun rise as you set off on a 5-mile run, 3.5 mile jog or 1.5 mile walk along the beautiful paths of the island.

Harry Burkholder, AICP, LIAA; Doug Plachcinski, Macomb Township


Thursday, September 28, 2017 | 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. 

Planning for Agriculture Breakout Session 

The editor and lead author of Saving American Farmland: What Works, Freedgood, she has spent much of her distinguished career ensuring a voice for agriculture in the community planning process. She developed a methodology to assess the contribution of farmland to local budgets called Cost of Community Services studies which have been conducted in more than 150 communities across the country.  Ms. Freedgood holds a B.A. from Hampshire College and an M.A. from the School of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts.

Julia Freedgood, American Farmland Trust


Friday, September 29, 2017 | 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. 

General Session: Growing Food Connections 

Learn how communities can remove public policy barriers and advance policy solutions to strengthen community food systems. Hear about successful examples of how communities support local farms, protect farmland, and support the infrastructure needed to get food from farm to plate to ensure community residents have access to healthy, affordable, and culturally appropriate food.

Julia Freedgood, American Farmland Trust


Friday, September 29, 2017 | 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Keynote Luncheon: Integrating Themes, Connecting Ideas, Advancing Solutions | $28

The Planning Michigan 2017 closing session will highlight critical themes in planning covered during the conference,  reinforce multidisciplinary connections, and amplify a call to action. Look for a facilitated conversation covering top conference topics and sessions. This luncheon is not included with registration; the $28 rate is an additional fee.

Rex LaMore, PhD, President, MAP Board of Directors, MSU Center for Community & Economic Development


This page last updated on 9/19/2017.

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