MAP’s Planning and Zoning Essentials

Date: June 1, 2016
Time: 5 - 9 p.m.
Location: Chocolay Township Fire Hall, 5010 U.S. 41, Chocolay, MI 49855
Contact: Brad Neumann,, 906-315-2661

MSU Extension in partnership with the Michigan Association of Planning are happy to bring you Planning and Zoning Essentials.

Chocolay Township Fire Hall, 5010 U.S. 41, Chocolay, MI 49855

June 1, 2016; 5 - 9 p.m. (eastern)

Cost is $89 per person. The program includes a light dinner.

MAP’s Planning and Zoning Essentials, is designed for anyone who deals with planning and zoning issues in your community. This information-packed program is ideal for introducing new planning commissioners and zoning board of appeals members to their roles and responsibilities, and also for more experienced officials looking to refresh their skills and build upon existing knowledge.

Roles and responsibilities, site plan review, comprehensive planning, zoning ordinances, variances, how to determine practical difficulty, and standards for decision-making are all presented in this comprehensive workshop. The program is intended to:

  • Clarify the expectations and limitations of your position;
  • Help you recognize when there’s a conflict of interest;
  • Equip you with the best planning and zoning practices to sharpen your decision-making skills;
  • Boost your confidence as an elected official, planning commissioner, or zoning board of appeals member during meetings.

Registration includes a copy of MAP’s Planning and Zoning Essentials guidebook—an 87-page resource filled with information to help you make better decisions.


Brad Neumann, AICP - Brad is an educator with MSU Extension based in Negaunee. He serves as an educational resource for local units of government across the UP with a focus on land use planning and zoning.

Pat Coleman, AICP - Pat is a town planner with North of 45, LLC. based in Hancock. His experiences leading the development of community master plans, zoning ordinances, and other special projects are varied and stretch from the UP to Alaska.


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