Special MAP Discounted Course Fee: $100 per person (in addition to the conference fee) 

Regularly $250! | Scholarships/reimbursement info available

Tuesdays and Thursdays before the conference, and after the conference.
October 19, 21, November 2, 4, 9 and 11.

An Online Intensive in Land Use Training 

• A Certificate Course for Community Land Use Decision-Makers
• Interactive & engaging, this course is proven to increase job confidence and decision-making.
• Taught by a team of statewide Michigan State University Extension Educators 

The Citizen Planner Program consists of a six-session course leading to a certificate of completion awarded by MSU Extension. The course is intended for local appointed and elected officials, zoning administrators, and interested citizens. The program cost is $100 and includes the MSU Extension Citizen Planner Program; notebook with extensive handout materials. 

Only people who register for the program (and pay the additional fee) can attend the Citizen Planner Program online sessions. Citizen Planner Program Attendees will receive a separate registration confirmation from the Citizen Planner Program Coordinator, Kara Kelly, with a link for the Citizen Planner Zoom Classes.  

Michigan State University Extension Citizen Planner Program Schedule

Tuesday, October 19 | 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
MSU Extension Citizen Planner Session 1: Understanding the Planning and Zoning Context
Learn the legal sources and limitations of planning and zoning authority, and explore your understanding of ethical decision- making.

Thursday, October 21 | 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
MSU Extension Citizen Planner Session 2: Planning for the Future of Your Community
Recognize the function and importance of a master plan, know the process for developing one and its relationship to zoning.

Tuesday, November 2 | 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
MSU Extension Citizen Planner Session 3: Implementing the Plan with Zoning
Discover the importance of zoning, learn how zoning is administered and gain confidence in your zoning reviews, including site plans.

Thursday, November 4 | 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
MSU Extension Citizen Planner 4: Making Zoning Decisions
Learn how to adopt and amend a zoning ordinance, understand the role of the zoning board of appeals and obtain skills in basic property development methods.

Tuesday, November 9 | 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
MSU Extension Citizen Planner 5: Using Innovative Planning and Zoning
Strategize with placemaking and design-based solutions for local and regional success in the New Economy.

Thursday, November 11 | 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
MSU Extension Citizen Planner Session 6: Successfully Fulfilling Your Role
Strengthen your ethical decision-making skills, apply standards to your decision-making and know when to ask for help.

Participants may also choose to pursue the Master Citizen Planner (MCP) credential by completing the entire course, passing a final exam, and delivering a capstone presentation to their community.


Learn more about the Master Citizen Planner Credential