2021 MCP Webinar Recordings

December 3, 2021 - March 1, 2022

Zoom Recording


Contact: For more information, contact Kara Kelly, Program Coordinator, at cplanner@msu.edu

The 2021 Master Citizen Planner (MCP) Webinar Series is designed to offer participants the latest updates and information on current topics of interest to planning and zoning officials. These webinars have been recorded and are now being offered for Master Citizen Planners to purchase, view and earn one hour of continuing education per webinar. You will receive access to six webinars which you will be able to view at your convenience. The webinar recordings are not available individually. The package of six is $60.

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design - Harmony Gmazel, AICP. Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a process that adds depth and data to any community planning or economic development project. By understanding CPTED concepts and making changes to the built environment, a community will be better positioned to minimize crime incidents while addressing social, racial, and economic inequities.

Simple Scenario-Based Planning for Shorelines - Tyler Augst. Coastal communities in Michigan face complex decisions when planning along the shoreline. A decision-centered, scenario-based planning approach has helped some of Michigan’s shoreline communities better discuss and make difficult planning decisions in the face of increasing uncertainty. This webinar will showcase the process and research behind scenario-based shoreline planning and introduce tools needed to incorporate this process in your community.

All Things Nonconforming - Mary Reilly, AICP. The most worn pages of a zoning ordinance are often the ones dealing with nonconformities because they are summarily unique, yet also prevalent, and they require more research than a typical application. This program will explore 1) how to differentiate between nonconforming lots, buildings, and uses and 2) how nonconformities are created, maintained, and abandoned. Participants will also learn the historic use of the term grandfathering and how this came to be associated with nonconformities.

Planning & Zoning for Electric Vehicles: If you build it they will come - Brad Neumann, AICP. Long-term, Electric Vehicles (EVs) will change the landscape of our communities. Short-term, the communities that build EV infrastructure will not only support local demand, but will also become an EV destination and attract the touring EV motorist from far and wide. After participating in the webinar, participants will be able to: Describe the types of EV charging stations and Michigan’s vision for building-out a basic EV charging infrastructure; Communicate the importance of community-wide and business-specific planning related to EV; and Propose basic planning and zoning amendments to help ready their community for development proposals incorporating EV infrastructure.

Assessing & Zoning: An ongoing paradox – Tyler Augst. While planning and zoning of land as well as the annual tax assessment process are important related functions for local governments, each have distinct definitions and purposes. Such differences often cause confusion among and between local government officials and the public. A zoning district is not the same as a property’s assessment classification and classification is not zoning. Yet, some use such terms interchangeably. This webinar will review the guiding principles between assessing and zoning and why they are different as well as providing an added bonus of some practical tips for reading and understanding surveys and legal descriptions.

Opening Doors to Attainable Housing- Harmony Gmazel, AICP & Tyler Augst.  Local zoning best practices can promote inclusive and attainable/affordable housing options in Michigan.  We will discuss a wide catalog of proven zoning and policy recommendations related to housing form and function. We will present rural, suburban and urban housing considerations and share recent case studies related to zoning regulations and policies that support ‘missing middle’ housing, attainable workforce options, and more.

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