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.”
October 16, 2014 | Elaine M. Bush | Involving youth in disaster planning and recovery can increase their awareness of hazardous situations that may occur in their neighborhood and teach them how to respond in various types of emergencies.
October 8, 2014 | Glenn Pape | The primary role of the planning commission is implementing the master plan. There are several tools to make that job easier.
October 2, 2014 | Brad Neumann | Each Halloween, the scariest of ghouls and goblins invade the streets of every town. Watch where they stalk, for those neighborhoods crawling with the most monsters will demonstrate the best characteristics of traditional neighborhood design.
September 22, 2014 | Kurt H. Schindler | Often a small community struggles to avoid a “conflict of interest” situation – particularly hard because of its small size. But there are not any exceptions or special dispensation due to the size of a community.
September 22, 2014 | Kurt H. Schindler | Zoning can be confusing and hard to understand. There are several zoning streamlining techniques to make zoning easier to understand and use.
September 22, 2014 | Brad Neumann | Current and prospective owners of land in Michigan will benefit from understanding some basics of the Land Division Act.
September 10, 2014 | Glenn Pape | Getting the form built right is the basis of five positive principles that create safe neighborhoods.
September 10, 2014 | Glenn Pape | Attracting cyclists can have economic benefits for a community but it needs to be safe for cyclists.
August 28, 2014 | Makena Shultz | Carrying out the collective visioning process in your community.
August 27, 2014 | Brad Neumann | Regions are the smallest geographic unit of sustainable growth and development. Rural Smart Growth strategies combined with urban Placemaking efforts contribute to a region’s quality of life and sense of place.
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Date: Oct 22, 2014
Location: Michigan Works Office, 2389 South M-76, West Branch, MI 48661
Date: Oct 30, 2014
Location: Charlevoix Public Library, 220 W. Clinton St., Charlevoix
Date: Nov 3, 2014 - Nov 17, 2014
Location: Allegan County MI Works!, 3255 - 122nd Avenue, Allegan, MI 49010
- 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