Michigan Zoning Administrator Certificate Program

Date: February 18, 2014 - March 11, 2014
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Human Ecology Building, 552 W. Circle Dr., Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824
Contact: Jacqueline Spry, jacqueline.spry@landpolicy.msu.edu, 517-432-2222 ext. 123

Zoning Administrators are among the most important local officials. They are the front line for new development in a community. How well they do their job has a great effect on the future of their community. However, unlike building inspectors who must pass state exams and take continuing education classes in order to practice, there is no law requiring training for Zoning Administrators.

This winter and spring, 2014, the Zoning Administrator Certificate Program is offered by the Land Policy Institute’s Planning & Zoning Center at MSU. The training is recommended for all new and current Zoning Administrators, along with private consultants and county planners who consult with local Zoning Administrators. The training schedule is four days (one day a week) over four weeks Training: East Lansing; Tuesdays: February 18, 25, March 4 and 11, 2014; Human Ecology Building, Campus of Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich.

This is a certificate-based training program offered for the fifth year in a row. It is rigorous training (24 hours of instruction) requires a substantial time commitment, which includes completion of eight modules leading to a certificate for those that pass an exam associated with each module. Before one can take this training one needs to have completed the Michigan Citizen Planner either classroom-based or online, or be AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners) certified and successfully pass a multiple choice examination. See the prerequisites section of the registration brochure for complete details. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve a seat today!

The program also provides techniques for doing zoning administration in ways that reduce legal risks to the Zoning Administrator and their community. Module topics include:
1.    Job Description, Responsibilities and Basic Ethics;
2.    Legal Issues;
3.    Reviewing Applications: Common Procedures and Use of Forms;
4.    Reviewing Plot Plans and Site Plans;
5.    Inspections and Violations;
6.    Preparing Files, Reports and Record Keeping;
7.    Interactions with other Professionals and Agencies, and Departmental Duties; and
8.    Customer Service and Counter Behavior.

Registration for the training is now available. For those unable to attend the dates offered this spring, the series will be offered again in Winter-Spring 2015.  Please let us know if you are interested in the 2015 program, so you can be added to the contact list.

Brochure and registration: http://www.landpolicy.msu.edu/modules.php?name=Documents&op=viewlive&sp_id=2425

More information: http://www.landpolicy.msu.edu/modules.php?name=News&op=viewlive&sp_id=176 and http://pzcenter.msu.edu/news.php

Michigan Citizen Planner program page: http://msue.anr.msu.edu/program/info/michigan_citizen_planner

Citizen Planner Online Course: http://www.americancitizenplanner.com/pages/Michigan/michigancitizenplanneronline.html

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