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.”
February 24, 2015 | Brad Neumann | A statewide series of placemaking workshops delivered as part of the MIplace Partnership Initiative will help communities improve quality of life and economic prosperity.
February 24, 2015 | Kurt H. Schindler | Michigan law provides three options for who decides to issue zoning permits. There is a way to determine which option is best for a local government to use.
February 24, 2015 | Kurt H. Schindler | Michigan zoning is set up to mimic the three branches of federal government with separation of powers. But it is not done perfectly, and requires some careful consideration when thinking about how things are done in your community.
February 20, 2015 | Mohamed Ayoub | Placemaking is proving to be a successful approach to urban planning by reviving cities from post-industrial decline and Detroit has many examples to share.
February 18, 2015 | Kurt H. Schindler | The Federal Communication Commission issued new rules on regulation of wireless communication facilities. The rules continue to restrict local government’s ability to regulate wireless antenna and tower placement.
February 11, 2015 | Brad Neumann | Solar energy systems are increasingly common around the nation. Local governments can help this technology expand through proactive planning and reasonable regulation.
February 10, 2015 | Dean Solomon | An MSU Extension webinar will help local planning officials understand the state regulatory framework and restrictions on local authority.
January 29, 2015 | Dean Solomon | Zoning ordinances can be confusing, but don’t have to be. Planning officials identified the six top techniques for streamlining zoning ordinances during a 2014 workshop.
January 26, 2015 | Kurt H. Schindler | Zoning ordinances are often not very flexible, requiring neighborhoods or commercial areas to appear the same. Planned unit development is one tool which can provide more flexibility and innovation for development.
January 23, 2015 | Kurt H. Schindler | Metropolitan county planning commissions are about more cooperation and intergovernmental coordination in planning. It is not something for just urban or metro-like counties.
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Date: Mar 4, 2015 - Apr 15, 2015
Location: MSU Detroit Center, 3408 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201
Date: Mar 9, 2015 - May 8, 2015
Location: Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Community Center, 3664 Zhow-Noong Circle, Harbor Springs, MI
Date: Mar 19, 2015
Location: Traverse City Michigan Works! Center, 1209 S. Garfield Ave, Traverse City, MI 49686
- 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