Summer 2021 Citizen Planner
July 14, 2021 - August 18, 2021
Contact: For more information, contact Kara Kelly, Citizen Planner Coordinator, at email@example.com.
About Citizen Planner
The Michigan State University (MSU) Extension Citizen Planner Program offers land use education for locally appointed and elected planning officials, zoning administrators and interested residents throughout Michigan.
Citizen Planner is a time-tested educational program proven to be comprehensive without being overwhelming. The program is delivered locally to provide a convenient way for busy community leaders to obtain the latest technical knowledge and the proficiency they need to perform their duties more effectively and responsibly.
Why Citizen Planner?
Local officials have a responsibility to help their communities manage the impacts of economic change and be part of the solutions to challenges their communities face. Local communities that proactively plan to succeed in the New Economy can improve their quality of life and overall sustainability. The Citizen Planner Program empowers local officials to shape the future of their communities by providing them with the tools and education they need to lead.
Citizen Planner Classroom Curriculum
Citizen Planner instructors include MSU Faculty, MSU Extension educators, planners and attorneys. The classroom program consists of six sessions:
- Understanding the Planning and Zoning Context – Learn the legal sources and limitations of planning and zoning authority, and explore your understanding of ethical decision-making.
- Planning for the Future of Your Community – Recognize the function and importance of a master plan, know the process for developing one and its relationship to zoning.
- Implementing the Plan with Zoning – Discover the importance of zoning, learn how zoning is administered and gain confidence in your zoning reviews, including site plans.
- Making Zoning Decisions – Learn how to adopt and amend a zoning ordinance, understand the role of the zoning board of appeals and obtain skills in basic property development methods.
- Using Innovative Planning and Zoning – Strategize with placemaking and design-based solutions for local and regional success in the New Economy.
- Successfully Fulfilling Your Role – Strengthen your ethical decision-making skills, apply standards to your decision-making and know when to ask for help.
MSU Extension awards Citizen Planner Program participants a certificate of completion.
Participants who complete the Citizen Planner Classroom Program are eligible to earn the Master Citizen Planner (MCP) credential. In addition to completing the course, the MCP credential requires passing an online exam and capstone presentation, and meeting annual continuing education requirements. Master Citizen Planners may receive incentives, such as future course discounts, exclusive training opportunities, and scholarships for annual conferences and regional training offered by partnering organizations. The MCP designation is an achievement recognized as the standard of excellence among planning officials and community leaders in Michigan.
The Spring 2021 Citizen Planner via Zoom will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6 until 9 p.m. EST on the following dates: July 14, 21, 28, August 4, 11 and 18, 2021. Classes will be delivered remotely via Zoom video conference. This is the Citizen Planner classroom program simply offered in a video conference (i.e. live webinar) format consistent with social distancing policies. Participants will need an internet connection, computer or mobile device, and speakers/headset or phone for audio. Participant materials will be provided digitally. This limited time offer is available at a reduced price of $250 per person (group rate of $225 per person for 4 or more from the same municipality). For more information, including a detailed class schedule and fees, please view the Event Flyer below.
Scholarships 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 cost for participation in the Citizen Planner Program. 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 Kowal 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact your community’s liability insurance provider to see if similar grants or scholarships are available.
Registrations cancelled on or after July 2, 2021 will be assessed a $45 cancellation fee.