Citizen Planner on the Web: Kalamazoo County
Date: October 1, 2015 - November 10, 2015
Time: Tuesdays: Sept. 29-Nov 10, 2015
Location: Texas Township Hall, Kalamazoo County
ABOUT MICHIGAN CITIZEN PLANNER
Michigan Citizen Planner offers land use education and training to locally appointed and elected planning officials. The Citizen Planner program is a seven-session series leading to a certificate of completion awarded by MSUE. The course is intended for local appointed and elected officials, zoning administrators and interested citizens.
The simple truth is that communities need to change the way they do community planning. Local officials have a responsibility to help their communities manage the impacts of economic change and be part of the solutions to challenges and issues their communities face. Local communities that proactively plan to succeed in the New Economy can improve their quality of life and lead Michigan’s recovery and transformation. Michigan Citizen Planner empowers local officials to shape the future of their communities by providing them with the tools and education they need to lead. Participants may also choose to continue on with the program and earn the Master Citizen Planner (MCP) credential by completing the Fundamentals of Planning and Zoning, an exam, and a capstone presentation. Master Citizen Planners receive course discounts, exclusive training opportunities and other incentives.
CURRICULUM: FUNDAMENTALS OF PLANNING AND ZONING
Instructors for the training program include MSU Extension educators, planners, attorneys and MSU faculty.
- Introduction to Planning and Zoning: Smart Growth and the New Economy, Conflict of Interest and Planning Resources
- Legal Foundations of Planning and Zoning: Cases, Statutes and other Planning Authority
- Roles and Responsibilities, Part I: Master Plan and Planning Process, Sub-Area Plans, and Working with the Public
- Roles and Responsibilities, Part II: Zoning, Site Plans and Zoning Board of Appeals Process
- Plan Implementation and Development Controls: Subdividing Land, Zoning Controls and Non-Regulatory Techniques
- Best Practices for Innovative Planning and Zoning: Green Development, Form-Based Code, Traditional Neighborhood Design and Conservation Design
- The Art of Community Planning: Participation, Effective Meetings and Managing Conflict
This is a special version of the course offered at several locations using web conferencing technology. Attend one of the sites for this valuable training in an interactive web presentation. This is not an individual online course, you must attend one of the locations to participate. Fees for this training have been discounted to $275 per person and $250 per person for groups of 4 or more from one unit of government.
- Macomb County MSU Extension, 21885 Dunham Rd,. Suite 12, Clinton Township, MI 48036
- Kalamazoo County, Texas Township Hall, 7110 W. Q Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
- Cass County MSU Extension, 120 N Broadway Suite 209, Cassopolis, MI 49031
- Marquette County Health Dept., Board Room (Main level), 184 US 41 East, Negaunee, MI 49866
All classes are held on Tuesday evenings 6-9 p.m. beginning Sept. 29 and continuing on consecutive Tuesdays through Nov. 10, 2015.
GRANTS / SCHOLARSHIPS
Registrations cancelled on or after September 22, 2015 will be assessed a $45 cancellation fee.
Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.