Zoning Board of Appeals Online Certificate Course Information
March 30, 2023
The role of the local government zoning board of appeals, or ZBA, is critically important. Decisions made by the ZBA allow people to do things with their property that otherwise may not be permitted by the zoning ordinance. The ZBA can also uphold or overturn a decision originally made by the zoning administrator or planning commission. This is a huge power that, when used correctly, protects the rights of property owners while preserving the intent of the ordinance. On the other hand, individual ZBA members, untrained or poorly trained, can make the community vulnerable to lawsuits by taking improper actions and leading the board towards bad decisions. The Michigan State University Extension ZBA Online Certificate Course teaches the latest concepts on ZBA roles and responsibilities, effective decisions, and protecting due process. It is a self-paced online training designed for members of the Zoning Board of Appeals, local government staff who work alongside the ZBA, and local government managers and attorneys. The course is based in MSU’s learning management system and can be accessed 24/7. To participate, you need a mobile or broadband internet connection and a computer, tablet, or mobile device. Within each module, there are individual video lectures, engaging activities, and supplemental readings, so individuals can do as much or as little at one time as fits their schedule. The ZBA-specific content, activities, case studies, and latest Michigan case law will keep learners engaged. Upon completion of the entire course, participants will earn an MSU Extension certificate of completion. Register today for ZBA Online!