Mary Aitken Reilly, MS, AICP

Mary Reilly

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Government and Community Vitality Educator
Manistee County Extension Office



Mary Reilly is a land use educator with Michigan State University Extension.  She serves northwest lower Michigan but also travels statewide to provide specialized training programs on request.  Mary has over 20 years of experience in planning and zoning.  She served as the Mason County Zoning and Building Director for 14 years  as staff to the Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Municipal Junk Authority, and Access Management Advisory Committee.  Several other matters ran through Mary’s desk including all aspects of zoning and building permitting, floodplain verification, enforcement, airport zoning, and Michigan Natural River zoning. Ms. Reilly has extensive experience with wind turbine issues, particularly shadow flicker and wind turbine noise. 

Prior to moving back to Michigan, Mary was a tribal planner for Jicarilla Apache Nation in Dulce, New Mexico and also worked in the private and non-profit sectors as a planner.  Mary holds a master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor of science in Natural Resources and Ecology from the University of Michigan.