MSU Zoning Administrator Certificate Program meets expanded, registered attendee goal for 2nd year

For the second year in a row, the Zoning Administrator Certificate Program offered by the Planning & Zoning Center at MSU has expanded its capacity to accommodate the growing interest in the program.

February 2, 2017

ZAC trainer Mark Wyckoff joins attendees of the 2015 ZAC Program in discussion. Photo courtesy of Kurt H. Schindler, AICP, MSUE

 

For the second year in a row, the Zoning Administrator Certificate (ZAC) Program offered by the Planning & Zoning Center (PZC) at MSU has expanded its capacity to accommodate the growing interest in the program; and, for the second year in a row, it has filled all available seats for the training. The increased interest in the program is likely a combination of the value of the course in conjunction with local governments’ ability to invest in professional development of its staff again, a luxury that many communities couldn’t afford during the Great Recession.

To meet this growing demand, PZC has partnered with a few organizations to expand its own capacity for trainers. The MSU Extension (MSUE) land use educators are an easy fit, and have taught the program in years past. This year, three relatively new MSUE educators will audit the program in order to teach future programs.

Trainers This Year

Bo Duncan, an outreach specialist with appointments in the Land Policy Institute and the Institute of Water Research at MSU, who has more than 40 years of planning experience with large Southern U.S. communities, will take an active role as an instructor this year, as he did last year. 

Duncan will join Mark Wyckoff, FAICP, director of the Planning & Zoning Center, and Kurt Schindler, AICP, MSUE distinguished senior educator, in teaching this year’s program.

The ZAC Program is half way through a two-year makeover process. Visible changes to this year’s training include a new brand, which is showcased on the ZAC’s updated website and training materials, and the program has been condensed from three days down to two in an effort to be more accommodating of zoning administrator’s busy schedules. Next year, PZC will complete the transition with an update to the curriculum.

To learn more about this annual training opportunity, visit: Zoning Administrator Certificate Program. For questions about the program, please call PZC at (517) 432-2222.

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