Michigan Citizen Planner: Fundamentals of Planning and Zoning - Oakland County

Date: September 9, 2013 - October 21, 2013
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: West Oakland Conference Room of the Executive Office Building at 2100 Pontiac Lake Rd, Building 4 West, Waterford, MI 48328
Contact: Janean Danca: cplanner@msu.edu or 269-657-8213

ABOUT MICHIGAN CITIZEN PLANNER
The Michigan Citizen Planner program offers land use education and training to locally appointed and elected planning officials. Michigan Citizen Planner is a non-credit course series leading to a certificate of completion awarded by Michigan State University Extension (MSUE). The Fundamentals of Planning and Zoning course is a seven-session series leading to a certificate of completion awarded by MSUE. The course is intended for local appointed and elected officials, zoning administrators and interested citizens.


WHY MICHIGAN CITIZEN PLANNER?
The simple truth is that communities need to change the way they do community planning. Local officials have a responsibility to help their communities manage the impacts of economic change and be part of the solutions to challenges and issues their communities face. Local communities that proactively plan to succeed in the New Economy can improve their quality of life and lead Michigan’s recovery and transformation. Michigan Citizen Planner empowers local officials to shape the future of their communities by providing them with the tools and education they need to lead.


CURRICULUM: FUNDAMENTALS OF PLANNING AND ZONING
Instructors for the training program include MSU Extension educators, planners, attorneys and MSU faculty.

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

CLASS DATE, TIME, LOCATION
 
Oakland County classes will be held at the West Oakland Conference Room of the Executive Office Building at 2100 Pontiac Lake Rd, Building 4 West, Waterford, MI 48328.
Monday, Sept. 9               6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Monday, Sept. 16            6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Monday, Sept. 23            6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Monday, Sept. 30            6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Monday, Oct. 7                 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Monday, Oct. 14               6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Monday, Oct. 21               6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

SCHOLARSHIPS
Scholarships for attending Citizen Planner may be available from your community’s liability insurance provider. Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority provides grants through their Risk Avoidance Program (RAP); contact Cara Kowal, 800-243-1324, for more information.  Michigan Township Participating Plan offers to its municipal members one scholarship per community through their Risk Reduction Grant Program, which covers the complete registration cost for participation in the Michigan Citizen Planner Program. Contact Rita Evans, 800-783-1370, for more information. Other insurance carriers provide similar opportunities and it may be worthwhile checking with them.

PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

Persons with disabilities may request accommodations by calling Janean Danca, 269-657-8213, two weeks prior to the event to ensure sufficient time to make arrangements. Requests made less than two weeks prior to the event will be met when possible.

CANCELLATIONS
Registrations cancelled on or after September 2, 2013 will be assessed a $45 cancellation fee.

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