Codes of Conduct: Going Beyond the Minimum

Codes of Conduct can be a useful tool for members of elected and appointed boards. They help underscore a person's role, expected behavior, and set clear expectations for how members will conduct themselves. This webinar will use the planning commission as an example of how a code of conduct can be a valuable tool, and discuss how other bodies can use them as well. 

The Michigan Planning Enabling Act (MPEA) goes into detail about who can serve on a planning commission, but much less on how they serve. The Act includes provisions in case of a member’s misfeasance, malfeasance, or nonfeasance but beyond that it is up to local communities to set codes of conduct. Join MSU Extension Educator Tyler Augst to learn what the MPEA and other relevant statues include about planning commission member’s conduct as well as codes of conduct from professional organizations. The presentation will end with an introduction to MSU Extension resources on crafting or reviewing your own code of conduct for a planning commission (and Zoning Board of Appeals).

WHEN: February 25, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. EST

This program is an online webinar. The webinar link will be sent out following registration. The webinar will be recorded and the recording will be sent out to everyone who registers. 


Elected and appointed officials at all levels of local government, as well as interested local government staff and residents.

COST: Free

Current Issues Affecting Michigan Local Governments

This webinar is part of the Current Issues Affecting Michigan Local Governments series. For information on this webinar series, or to view previous webinars, visit the program page: If you have suggestions for future webinar topics, please email them to Eric Walcott (


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, contact Eric Walcott at or 517-353-9106.