LPI’s PZC celebrates record attendance at 2016 Zoning Administrator Certificate Training Program

Since 2009, the Land Policy Institute's Planning & Zoning Center (PZC) has hosted the popular Zoning Administrator Certificate Training Program.

Attendees of the 2016 Zoning Administrator Certificate Program enjoying the presentation. Photo courtesy of Kurt Schindler, MSUE

Since 2009, the Land Policy Institute’s Planning & Zoning Center (PZC) has hosted the popular Zoning Administrator Certificate Training Program. This program was designed to offer zoning administration and enforcement techniques in ways that reduce legal risks to the Zoning Administrator and their community. Last week, PZC conducted its latest round of training in Muskegon, MI. Despite the late-February winter storm and winds, 52 participated in the three-day program!

The Program has offered training in 14 different locations around the state; attracting more than 250 participants. This year’s class saw record attendance for a single session, necessitating the need for two concurrent sessions due to the high demand.

Zoning Administrators make up the majority of participants attending the training. However, the program has attracted private consultants and county planners who consult with local zoning administrators, local elected officials, and State agency staff. It has even attracted some participants who have been assigned the responsibility of the Zoning Administrator on top of other existing duties, due to lack of staff and/or funding at the local or county levels.

It is highly recommended that all Zoning Administrators attend this program at some point in their career. The sooner they take the classes after becoming a Zoning Administrator, the better able they will be to do their job well. The Zoning Administrators who have attended the training program have had varying levels of experience and all have benefitted from the program. About 80% of this year’s class was comprised of those just hired to be Zoning Administrators or possessing less than three years of experience. According to a 2013 St. Ignace participant, “This program will protect your community, will protect you, and will greatly improve customer service to ALL customers.”

2017 Training Opportunity

For those interested in future training opportunities, the PZC plans to offer the rigorous training program again in winter, 2017. The date(s) and location(s) of these trainings will be announced this fall. Look for announcements about this training program in future editions of LPI’s Land Policy News, as well on the Zoning Administrator Certificate Training Program web page.

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