Michigan Association of Planning Board of Directors

 The MAP Board of Directors is elected by the members of the Association, entrusted with the responsibility of assuring the organization is meeting your needs in an effective and efficient manner. This is a responsibility the Board takes quite seriously, as shown by the ever evolving nature of the Association. But to maintain member trust, the Board must take the responsibility to understand your needs and identify ways to build a strong relationship with each member. We call it “linking to the members” and it is the single most important commitment of our Board.


2023-2024  Board of Directors

Board Member Time Commitment, Responsibilities and Expectations

  1. Attend a minimum of (8) Board meetings annually, currently scheduled the fourth Friday of the month from 10:00 – 2:00: January, February, April, May, June, August, October and November, or as the board establishes at its first planning meeting.  Locations for meetings to vary, and may require distance driving. 
  2. Prepare for board meetings by reading all board packet materials, occasionally securing guest speakers or location.
  3. Adhere to the tenets of the policy governance model of board organization management, including the preparation of assigned monitoring reports. 
  4. Attendance at the annual conference Sept/Oct, visibility of the board is important, and attendance for all or some of the conference is expected.
  5. Participate in new board member orientation, to include association basics, policy governance training, board responsibilities, etc. 
  6. One to Two-day annual retreat typically scheduled in in January, usually from noon Sunday to noon Monday.  The board establishes its policy theme for the upcoming year at the annual retreat, which is implemented throughout the year.
  7. Optional participation in leadership capacity on board (executive committee [eligible after serving two years], Chapter President’s Council Rep, Michigan Legislative Liaison, APA Legislative Liaison, APA delegate, Nominating/Tellers Committee, Financial/Audit Committee, Government Relations Liaison. 
  8. Board members are encouraged to possess upgraded membership classification with MAP (contributing, sustaining, corporate) and/or maintain a group membership for your community’s appointed officials (Planning Commission, ZBA, etc).
  9. Board members also take on individual tasks associated with the boards own work plan to link with the ownership. Examples include serving on ad hoc linkage committee; contributing to linkage plan development and implementation; speaking engagements to promote the organization and advance the value of planning; recruiting new members; participation at MAP events (Annual Conference, Spring Institute, Legislative Assembly, and other professional development workshops); serve as ambassador of good will for the organization; possess understanding of MAP’s role, mission, programs, and become conversant with same.
  10. Fund-raising assistance through networking and outreach to communities, including membership recruitment and retention.