2015 Citizen Planner Advanced Academy

Date: June 11, 2015
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Okemos Conference Center, 2187 University Park Drive, Okemos, MI 48864
Contact: Janean Danca at 219 E. Paw Paw St., Suite 201, in Paw Paw, MI 49071, 269 657-8213 or cplanner@msu.edu.

The 2015 Advanced Academy will look at development and redevelopment through the lens of Partnerships and Practice.

Partnerships are critical for taking projects from conception to construction, whether they include public, private, institutional, and/or non-profit partners. Hear from a panel including development, planning and zoning department, and state agency interests on what makes an effective partnership and what it takes to get through the development planning, review, and approval process successfully. Morning break-out sessions on case studies from urban, small town, and rural jurisdictions will also provide insights into development and redevelopment process, including lessons learned.

Practice consists of the skills and knowledge needed to review a project in light of the applicable standards at the local government level. Hone your working knowledge of site plan review and making determinations on variance requests—knowledge that is critical to seeing many (re)development projects through. The catch is doing so in a timely fashion while ensuring all standards of the project are met. Also learn techniques for streamlining the zoning ordinance, both in terms of readability and policy changes.

Whether it’s Partnership or Practice, the 2015 Advanced Academy will provide valuable, research-based information for you as a local leader.

Location: Okemos Conference Center, 2187 University Park Drive, Okemos, MI 48864

Time: June 11, 2015, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (check-in begins at 8 a.m. with breakfast)

Cost: $110 on or before May 15; $130 after May 15. Master Citizen Planners register for $90 on or before May 15; $110 after May 15.

Online pre-registration is preferred but walk-ins are welcome. Fees for the program include all handouts, parking, breakfast and lunch. There is a $45 fee for cancellations after June 4, 2015.

Special room rates are available at the Comfort Inn by mentioning Citizen Planner. For reservations call 517-347-6690 on or before May 18 to receive the discount.


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