Spring 2013 MI Zoning Administrator Certificate Program

Date: February 26, 2013 - March 19, 2013
Time: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: Oakland County Executive Office Building, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Building 41 West, Waterford Township, MI 48328
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 frontline 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. MSU’s Land Policy Institute Planning & Zoning Center has provided the Zoning Administrator Certificate Program for the past four years.

In the Spring of 2013, the training program is again being offered in two locations. The training is recommended for all new and current Zoning Administrators, along with private consultants and county planners who consult with local Zoning Administrators. This training is four sessions meeting once a week. The dates are: Tuesdays on Feb. 26, March 5, March 12, and March 19. The training will take place at the Oakland County Executive Office building in Waterford Township.

The rigorous training (24 hours of instruction) requires a substantial time commitment, which includes completion of eight modules leading to a certificate for those who pass an exam associated with each module. 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:

  • Job Description, Responsibilities and Basic Ethics
  • Legal Issues
  • Reviewing Applications: Common Procedures and Use of Forms; 
  • Reviewing Plot Plans and Site Plans
  • Inspections and Violations
  • Preparing Files, Reports and Record Keeping
  • Interactions with other Professionals and Agencies, and Departmental Duties
  • Customer Service and Counter Behavior

To be eligible for a certificate upon completion of this program, participants will need to have also completed MSU Extension's Michigan Citizen Planner program, 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!

Download Zoning Administrator Certificate Program registration form and brochure

Michigan Citizen Planner program page

Citizen Planner Online Course

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