How can the 2018 Zoning Administrator Certificate Program positively impact your community?

For nearly a decade, the ZAC Program hosted by PZC , has been helping Zoning Administrators to knowledgeably guide their communities through better customer service and communication, streamlining processes, and supporting elected and appointed officials.

November 1, 2017 - Author: Holly Madill

LPI’s Mark Wyckoff answer’s questions from a group at 2017 Zoning Administrator Certificate Program training.
LPI’s Mark Wyckoff answer’s questions from a group at 2017 Zoning Administrator Certificate Program training. Photo courtesy of Kurt Schindler.

Zoning Administrators are often the front line for new development or redevelopment in a community. They also may be the first community staff member that a resident engages with. For those reasons and many more, it is important for a community to invest in training for their Zoning Administrators.

The Land Policy Institute’s Planning & Zoning Center at MSU asked last year’s Zoning Administrator Certificate Program participants about how the training has positively impacted their community, and here’s a sample of what they’ve experienced:

  • “Better communication with customers and improved service.”
  • “The site plan review process is now streamlined and helped improve relationships with applicants.”
  • “The Planning Commission and the Board of Appeals have both agreed to additional education and have both commented that this class most directly improved the quality and professionalism of their boards.”

For nearly a decade, the ZAC Program hosted by PZC with assistance from MSU Extension educators, has been helping Zoning Administrators to knowledgeably guide their communities through better customer service and communication, streamlining processes, and supporting elected and appointed officials.

The next training takes place Jan. 18-19, 2018, at the Ramada Grayling Hotel and Conference Center in Grayling.

Who should attend? All new and current Zoning Administrators; along with private consultants, state agency field staff, and county planners who consult with local Zoning Administrators.

What does the course entail? There are eight modules included in the training program, leading to a certificate of completion for those that pass an exam associated with each module. Each module is 1.5–2.5 hours for a total of 17 hours of instruction. Learn more online.

How do I register? Registration is available online via credit card or by mail with a check. Learn more online about Fees and Scholarship Opportunities and How to Register.

Program Prerequisites (only if you want to receive a certificate): To be eligible for a certificate upon completion of this program, participants will need to have also completed the MSUE Michigan Citizen Planner Fundamentals of Planning & Zoning Program, either classroom-based or online (or be a certified planner by the American Institute of Certified Planners), and successfully pass a multiple choice examination. Learn more online.

More Info about ZAC: Be sure to peruse the information about ZAC, including topics covered and sample agendas; how to prepare for the program; meet the instructors; and more.

Questions about the ZAC Program: For more information about the ZAC program, please contact Jason Cox or call (517) 432-2222.

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