The 2016 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 to 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.

2016 Topics include:

  • Streamlining your Zoning Ordinance - February 18 - Dean Solomon; This webinar will provide some brief tips for streamlining your zoning ordinance using clear and non-redundant ordinance organization, effective use of charts and illustrations, and technology tools to improve access and navigability.
  • Multi-Modal Transportation for Attracting Talent and Jobs- April 21 - Glenn Pape; Streets are for more than just cars. From bikes to bus rapid transit, this webinar will discuss how to design streets for multi-modal transportation options designed to create 'Place' and attract target demographics such as knowledge workers and retiring boomers.
  • Primer on Regulating Signs after Reed v. Gilbert - June 16 - Brad Neumann, AICP; In June of 2015, the US Supreme Court ruled that regulations that categorize signs based on the type of information they convey and then apply different standards to each category are content-based regulations of speech that are not allowed under the First Amendment to the US Constitution. In this webinar, participants will learn the fundamentals for keeping sign regulation content neutral.
  • Planning for Tourism - August 18 - Andy Northrop; The US remains in the top five globally for international tourism arrivals for the second year in a row. In 2014, Michigan received approximately 113 million visitors. Counties and communities are interested in capturing dollars via Michigan’s tourism industry, but many aren’t quite sure where to begin. This session will look at demographic trends in travel and tourism niche markets. The session will also explore tourism area life cycle models communities should be aware of as they plan for tourism.
  • Selecting a Planning Consultant, Municipal Attorney, and More - October 20 - Kurt Schindler, AICP; When contracting with professional services (a planner, attorney, zoning administrator, etc.) seeking the low bid is not the best way to go. The preferred competitive selection process is “Qualifications-Based Selection” (QBS). This webinar walks through QBS, research results as to why it is better, and the steps of how it is done.
  • Regionalism: Moving Park Development Beyond Traditional Boundaries - December 15 - Ingrid Ault; Learn how to collaborate with neighboring communities and likeminded partners on park development and recreational opportunities. This webinar will provide current successful examples of partnerships resulting in new park development and programming made possible with the help of several partners' efforts.

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

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.