2018 Citizen Planner Advanced Academy

Planning for the good, the bad and the ugly of land use.

Creating and sustaining high-quality communities requires responsible land use policies and careful decision-making. Many popular projects consume resources while other developments generate tax revenue but might be less desirable. Whether it's placemaking, the sharing economy, renewable energy systems, medical marijuana facilities, or other hot topics, local leaders must understand what their community wants, who pays for it, and how it impacts the municipality.  

To help communities understand and develop solutions for complex land use issues, Michigan State University Extension is offering the 2018 Citizen Planner Advanced Academy: The Return on Investments in Your Community: Planning for the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Land Uses) on Thursday, June 7, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Okemos Conference Center located at 2187 University Park Drive, Okemos, MI 48864.

The morning session will consist of a continental breakfast and the Perspectives from the Developer’s Side of the Table expert panel. Hear from the private sector on mixed-use real estate projects, alternative energy ventures, and medical marijuana facilities – the status and future of these sectors in Michigan, the process for developing a new project, and how they may add value (financially or otherwise) to your community.

Lunch will be provided and there will be legislative updates from Mark A. Wycoff, FAICP.

In the second afternoon session, It’s Not Just About the Money, attendees will learn from MSU Extension educators and enjoy dialogue with other planning officials about the revenues, costs and other community considerations for new construction or redevelopment projects, including the economics of placemaking.

The second afternoon session will also feature Community Engagement on the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Land Use Planning. The purpose of this session is tp assist communities in becoming more confident in choosing and using charrettes and other preferred methods of public participation in land use planning for projects and issues that have high impact where input is needed.

Registration is filling up quickly. To reserve your space, register at https://events.anr.msu.edu/CPAA18/. For more information on the event, check out the 2018 Citizen Planner Advanced Academy flyer.

Those in Michigan State University Extension that focus on land use provide various training programs on planning and zoning, which are available to be presented in your county. Contact your local land use educator for more information.

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