The 2018 Master Citizen Planner (MCP) Webinar Series is designed to offer participants the latest updates and information on current topics. Using Zoom Webinar, MSU Extension educators will provide an overview of topics of interest to planning and zoning officials. Webinars are the third Thursday of February, April, June, August, October and December from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Each session is available individually or participants can register for all six at once. MCPs will earn one hour of continuing education per webinar.

2018 Topics include:

  • Strategic Planning, Smart Growth, and the Vision Statement - February 15 - Crystal Wilson; Strategic planning using Smart Growth principles begins with a vision statement. This webinar explains how the vision statement guides Smart Growth, strategic planning, municipal budgeting, and regional collaborations. A vision statement is a must for all communities because it maintains community character and guides future development and reinvestment decisions. This webinar provides an in-depth understanding of housing, buildout, land use, and transportation analyses. Understanding these analyses will assist with understanding your community’s current conditions and realities, and identifying opportunities for the improvement, expansion or redevelopment of commercial, residential, mixed-use development, and recreational land uses.
  • Climate Adaptation Planning - April 19 - Brad Neumann, AICP; Communities across Michigan face a changing climate. Documented climate changes and resulting impacts include more extreme rainfall events leading to localized flooding, prolonged periods of dry days leading to heightened risk of wildfire, fluctuating Great Lakes levels and related shoreline storm damage, extreme cold leading to crippled infrastructure, among other changes and impacts. Communities that recognize such changes and impacts can proactively plan for greater resilience, thereby protecting infrastructure and property and minimizing threats to human health. In this webinar, learn where to find region-specific climate change data and projections and gain a better understanding of approaches your community can take through its own climate adaptation planning.
  • Planning and Zoning for Solar Energy Systems - June 21 - Harmony Gmazel, AICP; The idea of utilizing solar energy as a power source is not a new idea, and communities across Michigan are experiencing more interest in solar energy systems from residents, public utilities and solar development companies. Local governments can play a 'starring' role by planning for and using this renewable energy source. For those communities that have yet to see solar energy development proposals, there is much to learn. How does a solar energy system work? What are the types of solar structures being installed? How can we amend our master plan and zoning ordinance to address and promote solar? These questions and others will be answered in this webinar.
  • Planning for Agricultural Lands in the New Economy - August 16 - Wendy Walker, Esq.; Agriculture is a dynamic industry experiencing demands and opportunities that impact why and how local decision-makers should protect working lands. This webinar will explore the importance of agricultural land use policies in the mutually beneficial relationship between resilient rural areas and sustainable cities and towns.
  • Land Division Basics for Planning and Zoning Officials - October 18 - David Rowley; Splitting or dividing land may be considered an important part of the growth and economic development of a local community. While land division is generally an assessing function, this webinar will provide an overview of the division process for other local officials. Topics will include a discussion of the various types of divisions and some suggestions for local planning or zoning officials to consider when they are reviewing a development project.
  • The Redevelopment Ready Communities Program - December 20 - Harmony Gmazel, AICP; Administered by the MEDC, the Redevelopment Ready Communities® (RRC) program is available to communities across the state. It's a voluntary, no-cost certification program designed to promote effective redevelopment strategies through a set of best practices. The program measures and certifies communities that integrate transparency, predictability and efficiency into their daily development practices. The RRC certification is a formal recognition that your community has a vision for the future - and the fundamental practices in place to get there. This webinar will take you step by step through the process for getting Redevelopment Ready.

Cost per webinar: $10 for MCPs; $20 for Regular Registrants

Regular Registration

Please use this registration as a regular participant.

Registration for The 2018 MCP Webinar Series - Regular Registration is open.
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on December 17, 2018.

Master Citizen Planner Registration

Please use this registration if you are a current Master Citizen Planner.

Registration for The 2018 MCP Webinar Series - Master Citizen Planner is open.
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on December 17, 2018.

Accommodations

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 Citizen Planner Coordinator, Janean Danca, at 269-657-8213 or cplanner@msu.edu.