Citizen Planner Metro Detriot - CANCELLED

Date: June 19, 2018
Time: 6 - 9 p.m.
Location: MSU Detroit Center, 3408 Woodward Avenue, Classroom 230A, Detroit, MI, 48201-2726
Contact: Janean Danca, 269-657-8213,,


Citizen Planner offers land use education and training to locally appointed and elected planning officials. The Citizen Planner program is a six-session series leading to a certificate of completion awarded by MSU Extension. The course is intended for local appointed and elected officials, zoning administrators and interested citizens.

Local officials have a responsibility to help their communities manage the impacts of economic change and be part of the solutions to challenges their communities face. Local communities that proactively plan to succeed in the New Economy can improve their quality of life and overall sustainability. The Citizen Planner program empowers local officials to shape the future of their communities by providing them with the tools and education they need to lead.

MSU Extension awards Citizen Planner program participants a certificate of completion. Participants who complete the Citizen Planner Classroom program are eligible to earn the Master Citizen Planner (MCP) credential. In addition to completing the course, the MCP credential requires passing an online exam and capstone presentation, and meeting annual continuing education requirements. Master Citizen Planners may receive incentives, such as future course discounts, exclusive training opportunities, and scholarships for annual conferences and regional training offered by partnering organizations. The MCP designation is an achievement recognized as the standard of excellence among planning officials and community leaders in Michigan.

Citizen Planner instructors include MSU Faculty, MSU Extension educators, planners, and attorneys. The classroom program consists of six sessions.

  1. Understanding the Planning and Zoning Context: Learn the legal sources and limitations of planning and zoning authority, and explore your understanding of ethical decision-making.
  2. Planning for the Future of Your Community: Recognize the function and importance of a master plan, know the process for developing one and its relationship to zoning.
  3. Implementing the Plan with Zoning: Discover the importance of zoning, learn how zoning is administered and gain confidence in your zoning reviews, including site plans. 
  4. Making Zoning Decisions: Learn how to adopt and amend a zoning ordinance, understand the role of the zoning board of appeals and obtain skills in basic property development methods.
  5. Using Innovative Planning and Zoning: Strategize with placemaking and design-based solutions for local and regional success in the New Economy.
  6. Successfully Fulfilling Your Role: Strengthen your ethical decision-making skills, apply standards to your decision-making and know when to ask for help.

The Citizen Planner Metro Detroit classroom program will be held at the MSU Detroit Center, 3408 Woodward Avenue, Classroom 230A, Detroit, MI, 48201-2726. Class dates are Tuesdays, June 19, 26, July 10, 17, 24, and 31. There will no class on July 3, 2018. All classes will meet from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM with light refreshments served.
The Metro Detroit class is being offered at the discounted fee of $250 per person to introduce the newly revised curriculum and updated interactive learning activities. Your comments and feedback are highly appreciated during and after the course. For more complete class information and a map to the location please download the attached flyer. 

Scholarships may be available from your community’s liability insurance provider. Michigan Township Participating Plan offers to its municipal members one per community, which covers the complete registration cost for participation in the Michigan Citizen Planner Program. Contact Rita Evans at 800-783-1370 for more information. For member governments of the Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority (MMRMA), contact Cara Kowal at 800-243-1324 for more information regarding grants for education and training through the Risk Avoidance Program (RAP). For municipalities obtaining insurance through Nichel & Saph, Inc. Insurance Agency contact Stephen R. Saph, Jr. at 586-463-4573 or Contact your local community liability risk insurance carrier to see if similar grants or scholarships are available.

Registrations cancelled on or after June 12, 2018 will be assessed a $45 cancellation fee.



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