The Roles and Responsibilities of a Planning Commission

About the Program

Michigan State University Extension, the Livingston County Department of Planning and Handy Towmship are partnering to offer a special series for locally appointed and elected officials, government staff and interested residents. 

Why Attend?

Local officials have a responsibility to plan their communities, manage the impacts of economic and social change and play a part in solving challenges their communities face. Local communities that proactively plan and accomplish their responsibilities can enhance the quality of life and overall resiliency of their own community and beyond. This program empowers local officials and staff with the tools, background and education they need to understand the role and many responsibilities of our important planning commissions. 

Program Curriculum

The Instructor is Harmony Fierke-Gmazel, AICP of MSU Extension's Land Use Team. 

In this program, attendees will: 

  1. Learn the legal authority and limitations of your planning commission duties.
  2. Recognize the functions of a master plan & zoning ordinance and their relationship. 
  3. Understand the role of each person at a Planning Commission meeting including how to run meetings and handle conflict. 
  4. Strengthen ethical decision-making skills, apply standards to decision-making and know when to ask for help.

Persons who complete this program are invited to register for additional MSU Extension programs such as Citizen Planner, Zoning Administrator Certificate, Communicating Through Conflict and other intensive programs.

DATE & TIME: Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Fowlerville Area Fire Department Training Room, 9110 W. Grand River Ave, Fowlerville, MI 48836

: $25 per person. This includes printed materials and light refreshments.


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 please contact MSU Extension Educator Harmony Gmazel, AICP at