Michigan Citizen Planner Upper Peninsula Classroom Series

Date: September 11, 2012
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: Joseph Heirman University Center, Bay College, 2001 N Lincoln Road, Escanaba, MI 49829
Contact: Brad Neumann, Michigan State University Extension, ph: 906-475-5731, fax: 906-475-4940, email: neuman36@anr.msu.edu


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. The Fundamentals of Planning and Zoning course is a seven-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.


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.


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


Michigan Citizen Planner is exploring a new format for this classroom-based program — five of the seven core sessions will be taught using web video conference technology at multiple locations. The five web video sessions will include an on-site facilitator. As Michigan Citizen Planner is testing this new format, this training is offered at a substantially reduced fee. The 2012 Michigan Citizen Planner program in the UP will be offered concurrently at three different locations. Dates vary based on location.

The Escanaba Citizen Planner offering will be held at the Bay College Joseph Heirman University Center in room 963 from 6-9pm on:

  • Tuesday, September 11, 2012
  • Tuesday, September 18
  • Tuesday, September 25
  • Tuesday, October 2
  • Tuesday, October 9
  • Tuesday, October 16
  • Tuesday, October 23


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 Barb Callahan at 800.783.1370 for more information. For member governments of the Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority (MMRMA), contact Cara Ceci at 800.243.1324 for more information regarding grants for education and training through the Risk Avoidance Program (RAP).


The 2012 Upper Peninsula Citizen Planner program will run concurrently at three different locations. Click the registration button at the bottom of the Michigan Citizen Planner Upper Peninsula Classroom Series page to select the location you wish to attend.

The last day to register online for this event is August 31, 2012.

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