Michigan State University Extension offers a broad variety of training courses and presentations on public policy topics related to local planning and zoning tools and techniques, planning policy options, land use and environmental issues, public participation programs, leadership development, community/economic development, and more. This service is available for Michigan’s 1,858 local governments (townships, villages, cities, counties), 14 multi-county regions, 12 federally recognized tribal nations, and interested citizens and activist groups. MSU Extension provides accurate information on planning and zoning techniques, as well as current “best practices.”
August 14, 2014 | Richard Wooten | Communities should continue to effectively plan despite financial hardships. Master Planning is a long-term process, even during difficult times.
August 13, 2014 | Brad Neumann | For years, crowdfunding has been a popular way to raise money to develop the latest gadgets. Now, Michigan communities can utilize crowdfunding to launch placemaking projects for economic development.
August 11, 2014 | Glenn Pape | Development patterns are causing more driving and higher transportation costs which can hamper local spending.
August 8, 2014 | Dean Solomon | Inland lake shoreline owners and local governments have important roles to protect water quality. Lake Charlevoix is an excellent example where both groups are learning about these issues.
August 5, 2014 | Glenn Pape | Alleys can lead to a better integration of automobile and foot traffic in a neighborhood which creates improved access and walkability.
August 4, 2014 | Steve Lovejoy | While educating developers concerning environmental impacts is important, greater profits will induce developers more than appeals to their environmental ethic or their conscience.
July 29, 2014 | Brandon Schroeder | Scheduled for September 8 - 9 in South Haven, this conference will explore and celebrate our Great Lakes fisheries heritage as a means to promote coastal tourism development opportunities.
July 24, 2014 | Brad Neumann | It may seem counterintuitive, but cars are needed to make most walkable urban retail environments successful. The key is how communities manage those cars to enhance the pedestrian experience and support business activity.
July 23, 2014 | Richard Wooten | University students can play important roles for urban non-profit organizations.
July 22, 2014 | Brad Neumann | With rainfall intensification predicted in the Midwest, a new checklist guides communities in developing policies and standards to improve flood resilience.
To find an MSU Extension expert who covers your location or to find an expert in your area of interest, please visit the MSU Extension Expert Search. To reach an MSU Extension county office, call toll-free 1-888-678-3464.
Find an Expert»
Events»View more events »
Date: Aug 21, 2014
Date: Sep 8, 2014 - Sep 9, 2014
Location: South Haven, Michigan
Date: Sep 9, 2014 - Oct 21, 2014
Location: Laketon Township Hall, 2725 West Giles Road, Muskegon, MI 49445
- 4-H Citizenship & Service
- Advanced Zoning Board of Appeals Training
- Issue-Specific Planning & Zoning Training
- Land Policy Institute
- Land Use Education Services
- Land-Use Technical Assistance
- Michigan Citizen Planner
- Michigan Local Government Benchmarking Consortium
- Planning & Zoning*A*Syst: Community Planning & Zoning Audits
- Small Town Design Initiative
- Smart Growth Readiness Assessment Tool
- Sustainable Communities Course
- Training Officials on Planning Statutes and Policies
- Understanding and Influencing Your Local Government Planning and Zoning Decisions
- Urban & Regional Planning Practicum
- Zoning Administrator Certification