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The Return on Investments in Your Community: Planning for the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Land Uses)

Creating and sustaining high-quality communities requires responsible land use policies and careful decision-making. Many popular projects consume resources while other developments generate tax revenue but might be less desirable. Whether its placemaking, the sharing economy, renewable energy systems, medical marijuana facilities, or other hot topics, local leaders must understand what their community wants, who pays for it, and how it impacts the municipality.

The morning session will feature a keynote panel of private developers representing various industry areas. Hear from their point of view on working together through municipal land use approval processes. Two afternoon sessions will focus on skills that local leaders can use in their communities. Participants will learn from MSU educators and each other about the range of considerations necessary to decision-making and how to improve your community's engagement in the process.

Thursday, June 7, 2018 from 9 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Okemos Conference Center, 2187 University Park Drive, Okemos, MI 48864

Master Citizen Planners: through May 1, $90 - after May 1, $110
Regular registration: through May 1, $110 - after May 1, $130

Registrations cancelled on or after May 24, 2018 will be assessed a $45 cancellation fee.

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Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information or questions contact Janean Danca at 269 657-8213 or