LPI’s Planning & Zoning Center and MSUE Michigan Citizen Planner Team Up for Training

As the MSU Planning & Zoning Center (PZC) gears up for its 8th annual Zoning Administrator Certificate Training Program, it also looks forward to increased partnership with MSU Extension's (MSUE) Michigan Citizen Planner Program.

LPI's Mark Wycoff leading a session during the 2015 training program. Photo by Kurt Schindler, MSU Extension

As the MSU Planning & Zoning Center (PZC), a part of the MSU Land Policy Institute, gears up for its 8th annual Zoning Administrator Certificate Training Program, it also looks forward to increased partnership with MSU Extension’s (MSUE) Michigan Citizen Planner Program. The Zoning Administrator Certificate training is recommended for all new and current Zoning Administrators, along with private consultants and county planners who consult with local Zoning Administrators. This year, the Training Program will take place in Muskegon at the Shoreline Inn & Conference Center, Feb. 23-25, 2016

To receive a certificate upon completion of the Zoning Administrator Certificate program, participants must also complete the Michigan Citizen Planner Fundamentals of Planning & Zoning Program as a prerequisite or be AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners) certified, and successfully pass a multiple choice examination.

For the first time ever, Michigan Citizen Planner is offering a webinar-based Fundamentals of Planning & Zoning Program specifically for participants in the 2016 Zoning Administrator Certificate Program. While there are other valuable opportunities to satisfy the prerequisite, this may be the easiest option ever offered. The Michigan Citizen Planner webinar-based training will take place weekdays from 1:30-4 p.m. Jan. 26-Feb. 3, 2016. Registration for this special program will be available when the Zoning Administrator Training Program registration opens.

For those who are unable to take advantage of the special webinar-based program, classroom-based Citizen Planner Programs are available as follows:

Citizen Planner: Charlevoix County
Thursdays: Sept. 10-Oct. 29, 2015
Charlevoix Public Library, Charlevoix

Citizen Planner: Isabella County
Saturday, Sept 12, Mondays: Sept. 14, 21 and 28, and Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015
Isabella County Building, Mt. Pleasant

Citizen Planner: Tuscola County
Mondays: Sept. 14–Nov. 2, 2015
Rolka Building, Caro

During the Michigan Association of Planning’s 2015 Annual Conference
Wednesday, Oct. 7-Friday, Oct. 9, 2015
Renaissance Center, Detroit

Citizen Planner: Ingham County
Thursdays: Oct. 15-Dec 3, 2015
MSU Campus, Human Ecology Building, East Lansing

Michigan Citizen Planner is administered separately from the Zoning Administrator Certificate Program. Contact Janean Danca, MSUE Michigan Citizen Planner Coordinator, cplanner@msu.edu or call (269) 657-8213 with questions.

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