LPI's Wyckoff and Madill to share expertise at the annual Planning Michigan 2015 Conference

The Michigan Association of Planning (MAP) is hosting their Annual Conference Oct. 7-9, 2015, at the Marriott at the Renaissance Center in Detroit.

The Renaissance Center and river walk in Detroit.

The Michigan Association of Planning (MAP) is hosting their Annual Conference Oct. 7-9, 2015, at the Marriott at the Renaissance Center in Detroit. Planning Michigan 2015 will celebrate Community Planning Month with inspirational national speakers and industry experts in the largest city in Michigan. With featured speakers: Stephen Dane, Esq. from Relman, Dane & Colfax; Liz Keegan and Nancy Haynes from the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan; Brett Lenart, AICP, from Washtenaw County; Karina Ricks from Nelson Nygaard Associates; Amber Miller from the Ann Arbor DDA; Jim Ferner from the Southwest Michigan Sierra Club; Suzanne Schulz, AICP, from the City of Grand Rapids; Daniel Parolek, AIA, from Opticos Design, Inc; Jim Tischler from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA); the Land Policy Institute’s Mark Wyckoff; Sharon Woods, CRE, from LandUse|USA; Patrick Sloan, AICP from McKenna Associates; Daniel Dalton from Dalton & Tomich PLC; Kenny Peskin from the International Sign Association; and Scott Bernstein from the Center for Neighborhood Technologies. As in previous years, attend the Michigan Citizen Planner Program in just three days!

On Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, from 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Holly Madill, outreach specialist for LPI, will teach the first session (Introduction to Planning and Zoning) of the Michigan Citizen Planner Program. Mark Wyckoff, senior associate director of the MSU Land Policy Institute and director of the Planning & Zoning Center at MSU, will teach the second session (Legal Aspects of Planning and Zoning) from 10:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

On Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, Madill will co-present the breakout session on Finding Common Ground: Planners and Public Health Officials Working toward Resiliency from 10:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m. This interactive session explores the intersection of community planning and local public health, the cross over issues that decision makers from both disciplines will likely face in the future resulting from climate change, processes and tools that exist for collaboratively facing those challenges, and how the community benefits. Other co-presenters include: Aaron Ferguson and Jillian Roos from the Michigan Department of Community Health.

Also, on Thursday, from 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m., Wyckoff will co-present on Ideas to Action: Strategies for Building Missing Middle Housing in Your Community. Many communities are unprepared for the changing demographics and growing demand for a Missing Middle housing. Worse yet, those communities with ordinances in place to rapidly permit Missing Middle housing may have no developers or bankers that understand the market. This session will tackle these issues with guidance on how to prepare for the development of a range of housing types, i.e., the Missing Middle. Other co-presenters include: Daniel Parolek, AIA, from Opticos Design, Inc.; Jim Tischler, AICP, from MSHDA; and Sharon Woods, CRE, from LandUse|USA.

To register and learn more, visit 2015 MAP Conference.

Photo courtesy of the Michigan Municipal League.

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