New or “seasoned,” the 2018 Zoning Administrator Certificate Program can apply to you!

If you are a new Zoning Administrator, there is no better way to start the position out right than the Zoning Administrator Certificate Program Jan. 18–19, 2018, at the Ramada Grayling Hotel and Conference Center in Grayling.

October 5, 2017 - Author: Heidi Macwan

Attendees from the 2017 Zoning Administrator Certificate Program working in groups.
Attendees from the 2017 Zoning Administrator Certificate Program. Photo by Kurt Schindler.

If you are a new Zoning Administrator, there is no better way to start the position out right than the Zoning Administrator Certificate Program Jan. 18–19, 2018, at the Ramada Grayling Hotel and Conference Center in Grayling.

If you aren’t a new Zoning Administrator, or you are someone who consults with local Zoning Administrators, then this program still has plenty to offer. But, don’t take our word for it. Here’s what our past, more experienced participants had to say about the course.

  • “I have created efficiencies through better processes for filing documents.”
  • “I have received and processed two special use permits and one ZBA event. I know I wouldn’t have been as efficient or effective without this training.”
  • “My board is more confident in me. I have also taken on a second township as their Zoning Administrator.”
  • “My overall understanding of zoning law that was gained at this event and the organizational aspect of the course (documents, filing, etc.) really made me a better zoning administrator.”
  • “It made me more confident to make my own decisions based on our ordinances alone instead of constantly calling our attorney, because I was unsure. I proved to myself that I had the right answers all along.”

Offered by the MSU Land Policy Institute’s Planning & Zoning Center, this training program is in its 10th year of helping Zoning Administrators, new and seasoned, be more confident, create efficiencies and deepen their knowledge of zoning.

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 (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.

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. For more information about the ZAC program, please contact Jason Cox at coxjaso6@landpolicy.msu.edu or call (517) 432-2222.

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