Citizen Planner offered as a live webinar from your own computer

Beginning January 2017, the Citizen Planner Program will be delivered as a live, interactive, classroom-style video conference to participants interested in joining from their own computers. Enroll today.

In the new economy, communities need to change the way they plan for, regulate and engage citizens around development. Local officials have a responsibility to help their communities manage the impacts of economic change and be part of the solutions to challenges and issues their communities face. Communities that proactively plan for their futures can improve their quality of life and lead Michigan’s recovery and revitalization.

The Michigan State University Extension Citizen Planner Program is a land use educational series for locally appointed and elected planning and zoning officials. The Citizen Planner Program covers the fundamentals of planning and zoning and best practices in the area of community development. The program empowers local officials to shape the future of their communities by providing them with the tools and education they need to lead. Upon course completion, a certificate is awarded by MSU Extension.

This winter, the Citizen Planner Program will be offered online via video conference to participants interested in joining from their own computers at home or office. This is a special offering of the course delivered as a live, interactive, classroom-style presentation, condensed into seven days instead of seven weeks. The series begins January 23, 2017, and continues Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. through February 6. Individuals interested in the Zoning Administrator Certificate from the MSU Planning and Zoning Center will find this as the perfect opportunity to complete the Citizen Planner prerequisite to attend the zoning administrator training February 15-16, 2017.

Individuals interested will need to register online. A flier at the registration page includes more details and can be shared with fellow members of your board or commission. For questions concerning the Citizen Planner Program, contact Janean Danca at

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