2020 Master Citizen Planner Live Webinar Series - September 17

September 17, 2020 6:30PM - 7:30PM

Contact: Kara Kelly, Citizen Planner Program Coordinator, at 517-353-6472 or cplanner@msu.edu

The 2020 Master Citizen Planner (MCP) Webinar Series is designed to offer participants the latest updates and information on current topics. Using Zoom Webinar, MSU Extension educators will provide an overview of topics of interest to planning and zoning officials. Most of the webinars fall on the third Thursday in March, April, May, June (4th Thursday), July and September.  Webinars take place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Each session is available individually or participants can register for all six at once. All webinars will be recorded and sent to registrants. 

2020 Topics include:

Planning and Zoning to Cultivate a Flourishing Food System, March 19 - Brad Neumann, AICP. Local governments have a role to play in cultivating a flourishing food system through supportive plans and regulations. Learn what steps your community can take to plan for the community food system and remove regulatory barriers to the growth of a local food economy. This webinar will include descriptions of sample resources available to help your community.

Planned Unit Development (PUD): A Unique Land Use Tool, April 16 - Harmony Gmazel, AICP. As Land Use decision makers, you have the responsibility to balance economics, the environment and the needs of your community residents. A PUD can help achieve such a balance. In this webinar, attendees will learn the ins and outs of PUDs, review examples of when and where PUDs are best utilized, and take the mystery out of this unique land use tool.

High Water in Michigan: The Role of Shoreline Planning and Regulation, May 21 - Mary Reilly, AICP. High water levels throughout Michigan have property owners and local leaders seeing (not just theorizing about) the critical nature of setbacks to water bodies, floodplain regulations, green infrastructure, and natural buffers. Communities are asking questions. Are you prepared to respond? In this webinar, participants will explore the roles of local planning and zoning in shoreline protection, FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), EGLE/DEQ’s role, floodplains, hazard mitigation planning, and more.

Building Trust and Making Better Decisions, June 25 - Lindsey Gardner. As Land Use decision makers, you have the opportunity to shape your community and plan for a brighter future for all residents. In this webinar, we will discuss how to recognize bias to reduce disparities and limit liability for local governments. This presentation will go beyond the basics to include strategies to authentically connect with community members and build trust.

The Local Land Division Ordinance: Should your local unit have one? July 16 - David S. Rowley, MAAO(3), MCPPE. Dividing property into smaller parcels is governed by the state of Michigan’s Land Division Act (LDA) and involves local planning and assessing officials. While the act defines the process, some of the components may have local clarification. As stated in the act, a local unit of government “may adopt an ordinance setting forth (local) standards”. This webinar will explore various issues of a local ordinance and provide a framework for local officials to consider whether a local land division ordinance is appropriate for their unit of government.

AUGUST –  BREAK (no webinar)

Land Use Planning for All Generations, September 17 - Tyler Augst.  From Baby Boomers to Generation Z, when we were born can influence how we view the world around us, including Land Use. This webinar will give an overview of the research on generational differences and similarities in the US and explore how these differences might show up the planning process. Attendees will be able to identify key traits of US generations, understand why all generations are important to the planning process, and be introduced to strategies to engage and plan for all generations.

Cost per webinar: $10 for MCPs; $20 for Regular Registrants


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