2022 Zoning Administrator Certificate Program

February 8, 2022 - February 9, 2022

Registration Deadline: December 22, 2021 - 11:45PM

Holiday Inn and Suites Mount Pleasant, 5278 E Pickard St., Mount Pleasant, MI 48858

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

Zoning Administrators are among the most important local officials. They are the front line for new development and redevelopment in a community. How well they do, or do not do, their job has a great impact on the future of their community.

Most Zoning Administrators have had no formal training. They learned on the job and may not have uniform skills, but courts expect them to know the rudiments of law as it relates to zoning administration. The MSU Extension Zoning Administrator Certificate (ZAC) Program teaches zoning administrators how to prevent mistakes that lead to expensive lawsuits, while improving their day-to-day effectiveness.

Since 2009, the MSU Extension Zoning Administrator Certificate Program has taught zoning administration techniques in ways that reduce legal risks to the zoning administrator and their community. It is the ONLY such program in the state!

The 2022 MSU Extension Zoning Administrator Certificate Program will be held Feb. 8 & 9, at the Holiday Inn & Suites Mount Pleasant. With just 60 seats available, register right away!

The 2022 Zoning Administrator Certificate Program includes 8 modules. One module will be delivered via Zoom video conference on January 19 from 1:30-4 p.m. ET. Two modules will be delivered using self-paced, online learning during the weeks of January 19 - February 7. Participation in all three modules is required prior to the Feb. 8-9 program in Mount Pleasant. 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: New and current zoning administrators, private consultants, and county planners or state agency staff who consult with local zoning administrators

TOPICS COVERED: Job Description; Responsibilities and Basic Ethics; Legal Issues; Reviewing Applications: Common Procedures and Use of Forms; Reviewing Plot Plans and Site Plans; Inspections and Violations; Preparing Files; Reports and Record Keeping; Interactions with other Professionals and Agencies, and Departmental Duties; Customer Service and Counter Behavior

PREREQUISITES: To establish a common starting point in local planning and zoning knowledge, all registrants must have completed the MSU Extension Citizen Planner Program or have the AICP credential before starting the ZAC program.

REIMBURSEMENT SCHOLARSHIPS: A grant program, Risk Reduction Grant Program (RRGP), may be available from your community’s liability insurance provider. Michigan Township Participating Plan offers to its municipal members one per community, which covers the complete registration reimbursement with program completion, for participation in the Citizen Planner Program and a portion of the Zoning Administrator Certificate program fees. For more information, please visit us on the web at www.theparplan.com. For member governments of the Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority (MMRMA), contact Cara Ceci at 800-243-1324 for more information regarding grants for education and training through the Risk Avoidance Program (RAP). For municipalities obtaining insurance through Nickel & Saph, Inc. Insurance Agency contact Stephen R. Saph, Jr. at 586-463-4573 or stephenjr@nickelsaph.com. Contact your local community liability risk insurance carrier to see if similar grants or reimbursement scholarships are available.

FEE: $550 Payment must be received by Dec. 22, 2021 or registration will be cancelled. Lodging is not included - Please contact Holiday Inn & Suites Mount Pleasant, by clicking HERE to make your reservation online or call at: 989-317-8686 and mention the MSU Extension ZAC Program.

Cancellations received after Dec. 22, 2021 will be assessed a $150 cancellation fee.

COVID-19 UPDATE: We are planning for an in-person program in February 2022. All participants, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask while indoors. Please do not attend any programs, meetings, or events if you feel ill. 


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