2020 Master Citizen Planner Webinar Recordings

The 2020 Master Citizen Planner (MCP) Webinar Series is designed to offer participants the latest updates and information on current topics of interest to planning and zoning officials. These webinars have been recorded and are now being offered for Master Citizen Planners to purchase, view and earn one hour of continuing education per webinar. You will receive access to six webinars which you will be able to view at your convenience. The webinar recordings are not available individually. The package of six is $60.

Planning and Zoning to Cultivate a Flourishing Food System, Brad Neumann, AICP. Local governments have a role to play in cultivating a flourishing food system through supportive plans and regulations. Learn what steps your community can take to plan for the community food system and remove regulatory barriers to the growth of a local food economy. This webinar will include descriptions of sample resources available to help your community.

Planned Unit Development (PUD): A Unique Land Use Tool, Harmony Gmazel, AICP. As Land Use decision makers, you have the responsibility to balance economics, the environment and the needs of your community residents. A PUD can help achieve such a balance. In this webinar, attendees will learn the ins and outs of PUDs, review examples of when and where PUDs are best utilized, and take the mystery out of this unique land use tool.

High Water in Michigan: The Role of Shoreline Planning and Regulation, Mary Reilly, AICP. High water levels throughout Michigan have property owners and local leaders seeing (not just theorizing about) the critical nature of setbacks to water bodies, floodplain regulations, green infrastructure, and natural buffers. Communities are asking questions. Are you prepared to respond? In this webinar, participants will explore the roles of local planning and zoning in shoreline protection, FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), EGLE/DEQ’s role, floodplains, hazard mitigation planning, and more.

Building Trust and Making Better Decisions, Lindsey Gardner. As Land Use decision makers, you have the opportunity to shape your community and plan for a brighter future for all residents. In this webinar, we will discuss how to recognize bias to reduce disparities and limit liability for local governments. This presentation will go beyond the basics to include strategies to authentically connect with community members and build trust.

The Local Land Division Ordinance: Should your local unit have one? David S. Rowley, MAAO(3), MCPPE. Dividing property into smaller parcels is governed by the state of Michigan’s Land Division Act (LDA) and involves local planning and assessing officials. While the act defines the process, some of the components may have local clarification. As stated in the act, a local unit of government “may adopt an ordinance setting forth (local) standards”. This webinar will explore various issues of a local ordinance and provide a framework for local officials to consider whether a local land division ordinance is appropriate for their unit of government.

Land Use Planning for All Generations, Tyler Augst. From Baby Boomers to Generation Z, when we were born can influence how we view the world around us, including Land Use. This webinar will give an overview of the research on generational differences and similarities in the US and explore how these differences might show up the planning process. Attendees will be able to identify key traits of US generations, understand why all generations are important to the planning process, and be introduced to strategies to engage and plan for all generations.


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 the Citizen Planner Coordinator, Kara Kelly at cplanner@msu.edu.