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  • Dec 3

    2021 MCP Webinar Recordings

    December 3, 2021 – March 1, 2022 Zoom Recording

    This webinar series is designed to offer continuing education for Master Citizen Planners in a convenient online opportunity and is open to all planning and zoning officials.

  • Apr 15

    2021 Master Citizen Planner Live Webinar Series

    April 15, 2021 – November 18, 2021 Virtual

    This webinar series is designed to offer continuing education for Master Citizen Planners in a convenient online opportunity and is open to all planning and zoning officials.

  • Feb 8

    2022 Zoning Administrator Certificate Program

    February 8, 2022 – February 9, 2022 Holiday Inn and Suites Mount Pleasant, 5278 E Pickard St., Mount Pleasant, MI 48858

    The MSU Extension Zoning Administrator Certificate Program teaches zoning administration techniques to reduce legal risks to the zoning administrator and their community.

  • How to work constructively with townships workshop for Agricultural Producers and Ag Entrepreneurs

    Published on February 19, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - General Interest Session: Are you considering diversifying your farm operations to include things like agritourism or events? Many local governments in Michigan use planning zoning to regulate these type of land uses and it’s important to understand those regulations and how to work with your local unit of government on your plans. MSU Extension Educator Tyler Augst will give brief overview of planning and zoning in Michigan, what to look for in your local zoning ordinance, and tips for working with your local officials.

  • Restrictions on Zoning Authority

    Published on March 12, 2021
    This pamphlet is a summary of the limitations placed on zoning in Michigan. There are certain land uses which are exempt from zoning, others which might be subject to regulation but can not be prohibited.

  • Select Planning and Zoning Decisions 2021

    Published on June 7, 2021
    Brief summaries of select Michigan planning and zoning court decisions from May 1, 2020 to May 6, 2021.

  • The importance of discussing best practices for continuing education in planning and zoning

    Published on December 16, 2019
    Continuing education is an important strategy for local government risk management. Bylaws and local policy should also address how much training is appropriate and what topics training should focus on.

  • Proving a practical difficulty for a dimensional variance request

    Published on January 20, 2020
    While inherently rigid, there are mechanisms in zoning to allow for flexibility.