Michigan Citizen Planner series begins September 2012 in the Upper Peninsula

The Michigan Citizen Planner classroom series will begin September 10, 2012 at three locations in the Upper Peninsula: Sault Ste. Marie, Escanaba and Houghton.

Michigan Citizen Planner offers land use education and training to locally appointed and elected planning officials. Michigan Citizen Planner – Fundamentals of Planning and Zoning is a seven-session series leading to a certificate of completion awarded by Michigan State University Extension (MSUE). The course is intended for local appointed and elected officials, zoning administrators and interested citizens.

The simple truth is that communities need to change the way they do community planning. 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. Local communities that proactively plan to succeed in the New Economy can improve their quality of life and lead Michigan’s recovery and transformation. Michigan Citizen Planner empowers local officials to shape the future of their communities by providing them with the tools and education they need to lead.

Instructors for Michigan Citizen Planner include Michigan State Universtiy (MSU) Extension educators, planners, attorneys and MSU faculty.

  1. Introduction to Planning and Zoning: Smart Growth and the New Economy, Conflict of Interest and Planning Resources
  2. Legal Foundations of Planning and Zoning: Cases, Statutes and other Planning Authority
  3. Roles and Responsibilities, Part I: Master Plan and Planning Process, Sub-Area Plans and Working with the Public
  4. Roles and Responsibilities, Part II: Zoning, Site Plans and Zoning Board of Appeals Process
  5. Plan Implementation and Development Controls: Subdividing Land, Zoning Controls and Non-Regulatory Techniques
  6. Best Practices for Innovative Planning and Zoning: Green Development, Form-Based Code, Traditional Neighborhood Design and Conservation Design
  7. The Art of Community Planning: Participation, Effective Meetings and Managing Conflict

Michigan Citizen Planner is exploring a new format for this classroom-based program — five of the seven core sessions will be taught using web video conference technology at multiple locations. The five web video sessions will include an on-site facilitator. As Michigan Citizen Planner is testing this new format, this training is offered at a substantially reduced fee of $275 per person (regularly $350 per person). The 2012 Michigan Citizen Planner program in the UP will be offered concurrently at three different locations. Dates vary based on location.

For more information and to register for the event, visit the Michigan Citizen Planner Upper Peninsula Series event and registration webpage.

Registration ends August 31, 2012. Questions, contact Brad Neumann, Michigan State University Extension Government and Public Policy educator, at neuman36@anr.msu.edu or 906-475-5731.

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