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.”
July 21, 2014 | Kurt H. Schindler | Zoning can be written, or prepared, several different ways. Most common is to think of zoning as traditional, conventional, performance-based, form-based or a mix of each of these.
July 21, 2014 | Kurt H. Schindler | There is no state oversight of planning and zoning. There is no statewide library of all master plans and zoning ordinances. Thus, trying to find out who has zoning, and what it covers, and what type of regulations exist is very difficult.
July 18, 2014 | Brad Neumann | Recent changes to the Site Selection GAAMP do not likely affect existing livestock facilities in primarily residential areas. Considered nonconforming land uses, such livestock facilities are probably allowed to continue under zoning.
July 15, 2014 | Terry Gibb | MSU Extension partners with Macomb County and MACRO to kick off placemaking with countywide summit.
July 14, 2014 | Terry McLean | Communities are looking to increase non-motorized travel for a variety of reasons besides recreation.
July 2, 2014 | Richard Wooten | Yearly budgets can create a short-term approach to local financial management.
July 1, 2014 | Richard Wooten | Poor reviews of applications can result inaccurate zoning reviews and interpretations.
June 23, 2014 | Elaine M. Bush | When tornado, flooding, or fire strikes your home, learn quick actions you can take to rescue cherished family items.
June 19, 2014 | Kurt H. Schindler | There are three types of ordinances local government might adopt. Important to focus on the difference between police power ordinances and zoning ordinances.
June 13, 2014 | Brad Neumann | A new guide from the City of Grand Rapids makes it easier for businesses and citizens alike to undertake placemaking projects that attract pedestrians, increase retail activity and provided needed green space and bike parking.
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Date: Jul 29, 2014
Location: Treetops Resort Conference Center, 3962 Wilkinson Rd., Gaylord, MI 49735
Date: Jul 29, 2014 - Sep 16, 2014
Location: American Indian Health and Indian Family Services, 4880 Lawndale St., Detroit, MI 48210
Date: Jul 31, 2014
Location: Fetzer Center at WMU, 2350 Business Court, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
- 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