MSU Extension in partnership with the Michigan Association of Planning are happy to bring you Planning and Zoning Essentials.

MAP’s Planning and Zoning Essentials, is designed for anyone who deals with planning and zoning issues in your community. This information-packed program is ideal for introducing new planning commissioners and zoning board of appeals members to their roles and responsibilities, and also for more experienced officials looking to refresh their skills and build upon existing knowledge.

Roles and responsibilities, site plan review, comprehensive planning, zoning ordinances, variances, how to determine practical difficulty, and standards for decision-making are all presented in this comprehensive workshop. The program is intended to:

  • Clarify the expectations and limitations of your position;
  • Help you recognize when there’s a conflict of interest;
  • Equip you with the best planning and zoning practices to sharpen your decision-making skills;
  • Boost your confidence as an elected official, planning commissioner, or zoning board of appeals member during meetings.

Registration includes a copy of MAP’s Planning and Zoning Essentials guidebook—an 95-page resource filled with information to help you make better decisions.


Newberry - Zellar's Village Inn - May 18, 2017
7552 M-123, Newberry

Program runs 5 - 8 p.m.

Cost is $50 per person. The program includes dinner.

Cancellations received on or after May 11 will incur a $40 cancellation fee.

Instructor: Brad Neumann, AICP - MSU Extension Educator

Program supported in part by the Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning & Development Commission.

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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 information contact Extension Educator Brad Neumann, AICP, at or 906-315-2661.