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  • Michigan Citizen Planner Classroom Program (Fall 2017)


    Please see current schedule at the website listed below





    Michigan Citizen Planner provides time-tested educational programs on important local issues that are
    proven to be comprehensive without being overwhelming. The program is offered locally to provide a
    convenient way for busy volunteer community leaders to obtain the latest technical knowledge and
    information they need to perform their duties more effectively and responsibly. Michigan Citizen Planner offers the Fundamentals of Planning and Zoning, a seven-session course leading to a certificate of completion awarded by Michigan State University Extension:

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