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.”
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.
January 21, 2015 | Brad Neumann | While becoming law with seemingly little media attention, changes to property tax law have potentially big impacts on Michigan families.
January 20, 2015 | Andy Northrop | Strategies for forming committees and taking the next steps.
January 20, 2015 | Andy Northrop | Opportunities for volunteers interested in Port Huron’s Trail Town Projects!
December 30, 2014 | Brad Neumann | For local governments that chose to adopt zoning, this is a moot question, as zoning must be based on a plan. Still, the minimum contents of a master plan are not well defined in law and communities have great latitude in developing a master plan.
December 24, 2014 | John Amrhein | County commissioners from 18 northern Michigan counties learn about Michigan tribal sovereignty, history and cooperative efforts with counties.
December 22, 2014 | Elaine M. Bush | Learn common warning signs, preventative measures and actions to take immediately if you, or someone with you, experiences hypothermia or frostbite.
December 16, 2014 | Glenn Pape | Design and planning are important considerations for attached housing to be successful and contribute to place.
December 16, 2014 | Bindu Bhakta | U.S. Global Change Research Program assessment presents many examples of how climate change is already affecting and will increasingly affect our lives in the future.
December 16, 2014 | Glenn Pape | Understanding the numbers behind transect zones helps communities plan better and create places.
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Date: Feb 2, 2015 - Feb 16, 2015
Location: North Kent Community Services, 10075 Northland Dr., Rockford, MI 49341
Date: Feb 4, 2015 - Mar 18, 2015
Date: Feb 11, 2015 - Mar 25, 2015
Location: 700 Broad Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085
- 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