2019 Master Citizen Planner Live Webinar Series

The 2019 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.

2019 Topics include:

What’s Next for Marihuana? The Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (MRTMA) - February 21 - Mary Reilly, AICP; Michigan voters approved Proposal 1 in November opening the door to legalizing the recreational use of marihuana. Proposal 1, now the MRTMA, became effective Dec. 6, 2018.  Municipalities and counties engaged in zoning have many questions around this issue. Due to vague phrasing in parts of the law, some questions can be answered now while others will require clarity from state agencies, the courts, and/or the legislature. This webinar will briefly outline the three Michigan acts regulating marihuana, the role of a zoning ordinance vs. police power ordinance, and a sampling of “knowns” and “unknowns” around zoning for marihuana related land uses.

The Redevelopment Ready Communities Program (PART 2)
- April 18 - 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 session is for communities who are beginning their ‘Redevelopment Ready Communities’ process. Best Practices in Planning, Zoning and Public Engagement will be highlighted.

AIR-STRs: Approaches In Regulating Short-Term Rentals
- June 20 - Brad Neumann, AICP; During the 2018 Spartan football season, short-term rentals in Lansing and East Lansing generated nearly $200,000 in income for homeowners. With a tax agreement between Airbnb and Michigan Treasury for the collection and remittance of use tax on behalf of local hosts, short-term rentals are ‘here to stay’ and every community in Michigan needs to figure out their approach to the issue. In this webinar you will learn about key aspects of short-term rentals, fundamental considerations for regulation, and examples from urban and rural communities around the state.

Creative Public Engagement
 August 15 - Lindsey Gardner; We have all been there—the public hearing that we don’t want to attend, even as board members. We often want to engage the public in the planning process, but it is admittedly challenging. This webinar will cover the importance and benefits of public engagement as well as creative strategies to effectively increase and manage participation while building trust.

New Economy Business Retention and Attraction
- October 17 - Crystal Wilson; In the old economy, business attraction and retention was the primary economic development strategy for communities. The economy was heavily focused on the manufacturing industry, and business success in the old economy meant locating an inexpensive place to do business that provided a fixed competitive advantage in some resource or skill. People followed jobs, and a high quality physical environment was a luxury. Attracting and retaining talented workers is critical to business success in the global new economy. Talented, well-educated people choose location first, then look for a job. Talented workers and businesses are attracted to quality places. This webinar will provide you with strategies that your community can use to transition from the old economy to new economy business attraction and retention best practices and policies.

New and Redevelopment Projects – The Costs and Benefits
- December 19 - David S. Rowley, MAAO (3); New and updated projects have the potential to generate additional value to the tax base and add tax dollars to local governments. Should a local unit offer incentives or recommend a tax abatement for a project? While such tax matters are not zoning issues, local officials still need to determine this potential tax revenue. What type of costs may be associated with new construction and redeveloped property? These and other topics will be explored in this webinar.

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


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.