Highlighted Sessions and Events

Wednesday, October 26, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Sign Ordinance Fix-It Clinic: Regulation After Reed v. Town of Gilbert Part 1 | 1.5 AICP CM LAW

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the 2015 case of Reed v. Town of Gilbert  changed a lot of the “business as usual” of sign regulation. But the decision had more far-reaching effects beyond simply sign regulation. This session will provide a “planner’s view” of Reed and how the lower courts are applying it. In addition to discussing some recent court decisions on sign regulation, this session will talk about the implications of Reed for regulation of murals and artwork, speech activities on streets and in parks, panhandling bans, and in the area of adult business regulations. This session will be followed by a sign regulation workshop in which planners can learn how to apply Reed in their own codes and communities.

Brian J. Connolly, J.D., Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti PC


Wednesday, October 26, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Sign Ordinance Fix-It Clinic: Regulation After Reed v. Town of Gilbert Part 2 | 1.5 AICP CM LAW

With its decision in Reed v. Town of Gilbert, the U.S. Supreme Court cast doubt upon the constitutionality of many sign codes around the country. This session follows Part 1 and is a “sign code workshop.” Bring  a copy your local sign code to the session, and we will review the most critical sign code elements that require special attention following Reed. Using national examples, this session will teach planners how to make sign codes content neutral while accomplishing important goals such as traffic safety and aesthetics.

Brian J. Connolly, J.D., Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti PC


Wednesday, October 26, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The 21st Century Planner: Visionary to Technocrat to Visionary Again | 1.5 CM ETHICS  

Historically, planners operated as visionaries, but gradually became weighed down with duties as functionaries, and are often perceived as technocrats. We’ll look at planning’s historic roots and what needs to change to become 21st century planners. We’ll explore issues that were never imagined when planning was in its infancy and examine the larger purpose of our industry. This interactive session will engage participants as we are reminded about why we are planners.

Speaker and Moderator: Norm Tyler, FAICP; Bob Marans, FAICP, U of M; Bruce Race, FAICP, FAIA, Race Studios; Jim Tischler, FAICP, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Zenia Kotval, Ph.D., FAICP, MSU


Thursday, October 27, 7:15 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

New this year, MAP organizes a run! For the Health of It: Kalamazoo Kick Off Run

Energize your day! Lifestyle sports are a significant player in community identity, particularly signature events. Communities support lifestyle sports through conducive physical design, attentive permitting, and brand promotion. Consider how lifestyle sports like golfing, cycling, running, or hiking enhance civic pride in your community. Meet in the lobby to run, walk, or mosey - rain or shine – you pick the pace and distance past Kalamazoo landmarks.

Led by Harry Burkholder, AICP, LIAA and Doug Plachcinski, Texas Township


Thursday, October 27, 8:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

21st Century Solutions for 21st Century Challenges | 1.0 CM

Governor Snyder’s 21st Century Infrastructure Commission was created on March 10, 2016, and charged with identifying long term strategies to help ensure Michigan infrastructure remains safe and efficient now and into the future.  Though created in the shadow of the Flint water crisis, Michigan’s infrastructure challenges have been in the making for many decades. Community planners are key implementation leaders for a new paradigm for infrastructure planning and investment, and can help elected and appointed leaders foment solutions that are based in thoughtful and efficient planning. The findings of the Infrastructure Commission will guide decisions for decades to come.

Facilitated by Mark Wyckoff, FAICP, Planning and Zoning Center at MSU, Land Policy Institute; Eric Delong, Deputy City Manager, City of Grand Rapids; Evan Pratt, P.E., Washtenaw County Drain Commissioner; Rich Bowman, Director of Government Relations at the Nature Conservancy (Michigan)


Thursday, October 27, 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Michigan Association of Planning’s Capital Improvements Program (CIP)

Do you know what the Planning Enabling Act says about the CIP? It is a planner’s responsibility to understand and elevate the critical role CIP’s play in long and short term municipal solvency. The CIP is an underutilized and vitally important budget and implementation tool. Learn from start to finish, everything you need to know to prepare and adopt a CIP, including: who should be involved in the CIP process; the accounting and budgetary requirements of a CIP; how to tie the program into your infrastructure; and how to handle controversial topics.


Friday, October 28, 8:30 a.m. - 9:35 a.m.

General Session: Planning and Acting in Northeast Ohio: A Vision and Framework Plan for a Complex Region | 1.0 CM

Planning and Acting in Northeast Ohio tells the story of a polycentric region planning and acting together to become more vibrant, sustainable, equitable, and resilient. Northeast Ohio is a large and complex region with four metropolitan areas, 12 counties, and over 400 cities, villages, and townships. With funding from the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities and significant local match from 32 partner local government and non-profit entities, the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium developed Vibrant NEO 2040, an award-winning regional plan.

Hunter Morrison, Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium


Friday, October 28, 9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

What Does It Take to Advance Meaningful Regional Planning? | 1.5 CM ETHICS

This session will uncover nascent and established regional planning efforts in Michigan and across the country. From the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium to the RTA in Southeast Michigan, to MAP’s own Kresge funded Convergence Partnership project, you’ll discover practices big and small that can take your regional planning ideas to the next level, while ensuring that your projects lift up all residents in a region.

Hunter Morrison, Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium; Joel Batterman, PhD Student, University of Michigan; Conan Smith, Metro Matters

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