Planning Michigan | Sessions and Event Descriptions 

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

9 AM -1 PM
Exhibit Hall Set up

9 AM - 6 PM

11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Role of Planning More Important than Ever: Facilitated Panel and Working Lunch | 1 AICP CM | $20
Jack of all trades, master of none? Hardly! Planners possess the experience and know-how to tackle just about any issue facing our communities, and what we don’t know, we know how to find out. Planners must be ready to insert ourselves into the tough challenges and conversations and offer solutions. From a housing crisis and crumbling infrastructure needing billions to repair to the increasing severe impacts of climate change and systemic challenges with segregation, diversity and inclusion, planning solutions are there for the taking. This engaging and informative lunchtime conversation will inspire you to learn what you need to find out. Moderator: C. Bradley Kaye, AICP CFM, City Manager, City of Midland

11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Emerging Planning Professionals Committee Meeting and Luncheon

1 PM - 2 PM
General Session
With every new Governor comes a reorganization of state agencies designed to advance the policy priorities of the new regime. And Governor Whitmer is no different! MSHDA, MEDC and EGLE are state agencies with whom planners regularly work. Learn about new structures, new directions, and new priorities, and where to go for state agency related information and resources.
Gary Heidel, Acting Director, Michigan State Housing Development Authority
Katharine Czarnekci, Senior Vice President, Community Development at Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Ronda Wuycheck, Coastal Management Program Manager, Water Resources Division, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

2:15 PM - 3:45 PM

Lessons from a Butterfly: How Cities Evolve to Realize their Vision
In 2015, at the five-year Master Plan check-in, Kalamazoo found it was not actively being used by staff; did not align with community vision; and had become a plan on the shelf. Determined to create an actionable vision, Kalamazoo undertook a very different process to create a new plan and paired this with fundamental operational changes to set the City up for success. This session will focus on how Kalamazoo is doing business differently from staff roles to budgets to development review processes in order to move beyond everyday transactions to the work that can transform a City.
Rebekah Kik, Director of Community Planning and Economic Development, City of Kalamazoo
Christina Anderson, City Planner, City of Kalamazoo

General Law Session | 1.5 AICP CM LAW
A conference favorite, this session covers key court cases, and planning and zoning laws that planners need to know about. From recreational marijuana and Short Term Rentals, to wind/solar energy and small cell wireless, Ms Kaufman shares her legal knowledge in an accessible and engaging manner. Catherine P. Kaufman, JD, AICP, Bauckham, Sparks, Thall, Seeber & Kaufman PC

2:15 PM – 5:30 PM
Zoning Administration Workshop | 3 AICP CM
Zoning Administrators are central to a well functioning municipal development review and enforcement process. In many smaller municipalities the Zoning Administrator serves as the planner, enforcement officer AND building official. And equipped with the right information and skills, the zoning administrator can effectively advance municipal policy, and serve as a voice of consistency. This program is for zoning administrators in rural, suburban, or urban settings as well as planning officials and other municipal staff interested in a more complete understanding of all facets of zoning administration. This workshop covers legal basics, development review, zoning board of appeals, good meeting practices, enforcement and public relations.
John Enos, AICP, Partner, Carlisle | Wortman Associates, Inc.


4 PM - 5:30 PM

Township Planning: Issues, Challenges and Successes | 1.5 AICP CM
Townships represent well over half of MAP’s membership (and 100% of MTA’s!) While there are many similarities between cities, villages, and townships in their governance structure, townships face some different issues, and by their very nature are a uniquely Michigan entity. A panel of township planners will discuss issues and challenges particular to this government type, and highlight the benefits of being a township planner.
Moderated by Neil Sheridan, Executive Director, Michigan Townships Association 

What Do You Do When your Boss is a Crook? | 1.5 AICP CM ETHICS
AICP Planners are obligated to adhere to the AICP Code of Ethics, but how do you put that into practice when things get, um, “interesting” at work? Along with the Code of Ethics, panelists will review how to get whistleblower protection; what to expect if you are asked to participate in an FBI investigation; and how to develop the professional confidence to stand up against illegal and unethical behavior, even if it's your boss.

Stacey Belisle, JD, McGraw Morris, PC
Mark F Miller, AICP, City Manager, City of Troy

6 PM - 8 PM

Planning Excellence Awards Banquet | $75
Join your colleagues to honor distinguished leaders in the planning field as we celebrate outstanding planning projects; leadership recognition of 20, 30, 40, and 50-year members; the Chapter’s newest AICP recipients; and MAP scholarship recipients. Participants will enjoy networking and a cash bar starting at 5:30 pm, followed by dinner. The awards program begins at 6:30 pm.

8 PM - 9:30 PM
PlanningMI Trivia Extravaganza
Shakespeare's Pub | 241 East Kalamazoo Avenue, Kalamazoo
Do you know the largest village in Michigan by population? How about the authors of some of our most esteemed city planning documents? Come and prove it! Or better yet, learn new planning facts in a fun, relaxed environment. Attend alone or bring a friend or a team. Either way, you’ll have a blast as you battle other teams to victory. Hosted by the MAP Emerging Planning Professionals (EPP) Committee. Pre-registration is available; walk-ins are accepted, space permitting.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

8 AM - 6 PM
Registration and Exhibit Hall Hours

8:30 AM – 10 AM

Andrea Brown, AICP, Executive Director, Michigan Association of Planning
Honorable Mayor Bobby Hopewell, City of Kalamazoo

Framing Our Messages for Maximum Success
Planners are fundamental to community conversations about …. everything! But how we talk to our audiences, from elected leaders, developers and corporate presidents to block club members and local advocates, can make all the difference. The FrameWorks Institute conducts social science research to shine a light on what can go wrong when we don’t consider culture in communications. By using evidence-based framing strategies, we can tell a more effective story about planning – why it matters, what it accomplishes, and how it gets done. Knowing what to say about an issue and what to avoid can foster more meaningful conversations with the public and increase people’s support for the planning, policies, and programs that can help communities thrive.  Jennifer Nichols, Ph.D. Assistant Director of Research Interpretation and Application, FrameWorks Institute

10:30 AM - 12 PM
Haven't Planned for Renewable Energy? Beware. | 1.5 AICP CM LAW 
As demand for renewable energy grows, wind energy and solar energy developers are looking for communities to host these projects. Is your community prepared? In this session, we’ll discuss how solar and wind energy complement or conflict with other planning goals. What impact do renewable energy projects have on the tax base, local employment, and wildlife, and how are these projects viewed by residents? Gain access to new planning and zoning templates and real-time technical assistance resources, and learn from other Michigan communities. 
Sarah Mills, Research Specialist, Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) at the University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy 
Pete Preston, AICP, MAAO, Preston Community Services, LLC

10:45 AM - 12 PM

Child-centric City Planning: Looking at Warrendale and Cody Rouge | 1.25 AICP CM
The Warrendale and Cody Rouge Neighborhood Plan is a child-centric plan of action, co-crafted by residents and the City of Detroit, to guide future growth and investment in the neighborhood. This plan represents the first time the city has placed youth in the center of a design initiative with key participatory roles. The presentation will focus on strategies for engaging youth in city master planning, and a methodology to implement infrastructure projects which emerge out of youth engagement processes.
Matt Williams, Planner, City of Detroit Planning and Development Department
Dave Walker, Design Director, City of Detroit Planning & Development Department
Kenyetta Campbell, Executive Director, Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance

Housing: What's Missing in Your Community? | 1.25 AICP CM
Successful communities strive to encourage quality residential development, but often this effort is focused on single family residential detached homes. Learn how different housing types, such as duplexes, triplexes, low-rise apartments, clustered housing, and accessory dwelling units, can supplement single family and multiple family residential dwellings serving both young adults and the aging population in a way that reduces isolation of any one housing type. Learn how to use best practices for land use planning and zoning to guide the development of new housing types.
Jill Bahm, AICP, Partner, Giffels Webster

10:45 AM - 12 PM and 1:45 - 3:00 PM
Framing Our Messages | 2.5 AICP CM | $45 - Pre-registration is required
This interactive, dynamic, two-part deep dive breakout session will provide participants with specific framing strategies, see the strategies modeled, and practice using the strategies in their own communications. This workshop will emphasize learning by doing. Learn how to translate social science research on how our brains process information into accessible, memorable strategies for communicating more effectively with the public about important social issues. (Registration limited to 40 participants, must participate in part 1 and part 2)
Jennifer Nichols, Ph.D., Assistant Director of Research Interpretation and Application, FrameWorks Institute

12 PM - 1:45 PM

Keynote Lunch: The Divided City | 1 AICP CM
Mallach’s groundbreaking book, The Divided City: Poverty and Prosperity in Urban America, sounds the alarm that despite the much-heralded (and real) urban revival, all is not well in America’s legacy cities. His analysis of the problems of poverty, race, disinvestment and inequity provides a candid view that while some areas are reviving, large parts of these cities continue to decline. He posits that changes that increase equity and opportunity are possible, that revival can lead to opportunity for all and that neighborhood change can be managed in ways that promote justice and equity. Mallach is a city planner, advocate and writer who has devoted his career to planning equity and justice with a focus on housing, economic development and urban revitalization.
Alan Mallach, FAICP, Author, The Divided City


1:45 PM - 3 PM

Electrifying Michigan’s Transportation with All-New Incentives
EVs are forecasted to account for up to 35% of total vehicle sales by 2030. Learn how EVs not only benefit the driver and environment but also the residents and community. Prepare for the transportation electrification wave of the future by capitalizing on available incentives now.
Kelsey Peterson, Electric Vehicle Manager, DTE Energy
Sarah Barbo, Director, Corporate Strategy, Consumers Energy
Robert Jackson, Director, Michigan Agency for Energy

Zoning for Temporary Land Uses | 1.25 AICP CM
Temporary uses are in every community and take many forms such as garage sales, seasonal sales, food trucks, outdoor dining, and large-scale events. This session will explore how these uses can be distinguished in your zoning ordinance to ensure that you are right-sizing your regulations to the temporary activity.
Patrick Sloan, AICP, Planner, Canton Township
David Stensaas, City Planner and Zoning Administrator, City of Marquette

1:45 PM - 5:30 PM

To Convert or Not to Convert, the 60-Year Question | 3.25 AICP CM | $20
One-way streets in Kalamazoo have been a source of debate for 60 years. With a new Master Plan and a Planning and Environmental Linkages study, the City made clear its preference to prioritize slower traffic and a better environment for all modes, accepting some traffic delays. This led to negotiations and ultimately the jurisdictional transfer of key streets from the state. Kalamazoo is now in the midst of studying its entire street network with all alternatives on the table to tame traffic while promoting all modes of transportation. Is this the end of one-way streets? What should happen next? Join the City, KATS, and consultants for a combined breakout session followed immediately with a walking design audit and a report-out over drinks. If these were your streets what would you do? Limited to 24 registrants, no drawing experience necessary. Supplies and refreshments at a local pub provided.
Brad Strader, AICP, PTP, Principal, MKSK
Rebekah Kik, Director, City of Kalamazoo
Steve Stepek, AICP, Senior Planner, Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study
James Baker, Director of Public Services, City of Kalamazoo
Christina Anderson, City Planner, City of Kalamazoo

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Code Enforcement 101 | 1.25 AICP CM
Code enforcement is vital to maintaining the quality of any community’s built environment. Learn how a robust code enforcement presence in one Michigan township has reinforced its planning and community development efforts and maintained property values. We will discuss how that code enforcement program operates, as well as how code enforcement can work in tandem with planning, building, and other community development operations.
Steve King, Community Development Director, Saginaw Charter Township
Code Enforcement Officer, Saginaw Charter Township

Being Strategic About Problem Properties | 1.25 AICP CM
Vacant properties, problem rental properties and irresponsible landlords undermine residents’ quality of life and destabilize neighborhoods across Michigan, yet few cities have developed strategic approaches to tackling these issues. Alan Mallach will explore how cities can adopt more effective strategies, using regulatory and other tools, to address these challenges, and how planners can play an important role in making this happen.
Alan Mallach, FAICP, Author, The Divided City

Swipe Right for Talent: Looking for the Perfect Employer-Employee Match | 1.25 AICP CM
Planners know how to build places that attract talent. But what about building a pool of talented planners? The hiring process these days is much like online dating: you create your profile, sift through potential job matches, and go to an interview that either ends well or as a crazy story at happy hour. This interactive session will explore how planners, both emerging and well-seasoned, work through the hiring process to get the other party to swipe right.
Christopher Germain, AICP, Senior RRC Planner, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Caitlyn Habben, Planner, ROWE Professional Services Company
Kathleen Reilly, AICP Candidate, Neighborhood Activator, City of Kalamazoo
Donovan Smith, Planner, City of Pontiac

What Comes First? | 1.25 AICP CM 
What comes first - a shiny new plan or a revamp of ye olde ordinance? It turns out what matters most is addressing both your zoning code and your plan - Planners caretake the future and facilitate the present. This session explores the complexity of managing current practice without sacrificing tomorrow. Presenters feature case studies of current efforts in Livonia, Mount Pleasant, Sault Ste. Marie, and Tecumseh. 
Jacob Kain, AICP, City Planner, City of Mount Pleasant
M. Paul Lippens, AICP, NCI, Director of Transportation and Urban Design, McKenna
Dan Swallow, AICP, MPA, City Manager,City of Tecumseh

4:30 PM - 6 PM
Sponsor/Exhibitor Reception
New to the conference? Twenty-year veteran? The Planning Michigan opening reception is for all attendees. Expand your networks, connect with state leaders and share experiences with fellow officials. Cash bar and hors d’oeuvres included.

Friday, September 27, 2019 

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Creating Affordable Housing Through Zoning: Separating Dream from Reality | 1.25 AICP CM
Using case studies from around Michigan, participants will learn innovative techniques to boost the supply of housing while curbing sprawl and increasing economic vibrancy. This session will also explore methods for overcoming NIMBYism and maintaining neighborhood character, as well as cutting edge designs for greenfield development.
Christopher Khorey, AICP, Principal Planner / West Michigan Manager, McKenna

Storytelling in Motion with Story Maps| 1.25 AICP CM
In this session, we’ll reveal a powerful online storytelling and mapping tool – the “Story Map”. Story Maps can be used to share data, engage audiences, and reveal the narrative behind the action. We’ll explore core concepts, share a few tips to get started, and provide insights from our recent Laker Line Story Map project. We’ll leave you prepared to use Story Maps to share the compelling narrative behind your next community project in a way that’s accessible and informative.
Sarah Lagpacan, Transportation Planner, AECOM
Whitney Sherrill, Transportation Planner, AECOM

Tip the Scale, Rebalancing Streetspaces | 1.25 AICP CM
Streetspaces are all around us, whether your community owns and designs their rights-of-way or is reliant upon the County Road Commission. Now is the time for you to champion the rebalancing of your biggest public asset, the streetspace for people.... people walking, sitting, or just being in the public realm. Learn to think beyond the “streetscape” to humanize your streets and public spaces.
Lynee Wells, AICP, Founder + CEO, Aligned Planning
Mark Miller, AIA, AICP, Managing Director of Planning & Design, Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc.
Stephanie Wong, Project Manager, Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc.

8:30 AM - 10 AM and 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Managing Signs from Sign Code to Final Approval – A Two-Part Workshop | 2.5 AICP CM LAW
This two-part workshop will cover the legal aspects of sign regulations, design guidelines, right-of-way encroachments, illumination, placement, permitting and much more.
Beyond creating a manageable sign code, implementation is a unique challenge. The session will finish with a walking tour of the City of Kalamazoo’s to show you how to use best practices to implement your sign ordinance as well as various types of signs and go over how the city manages the process from business owner inquiry to final inspection.
Brian J. Connolly, JD, Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti PC
Robert Durkee, AICP, Planner, City of Kalamazoo

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Planning and Zoning for Farm Diversification: Growing your Rural and Small Town
Economy with Agritourism and Placemaking | 1.25 AICP CM
With commodity prices low and interest rates climbing, local farms are looking for alternative ways to generate income. In response, local planning and zoning officials are seeking regulations that serve the public good and also support new income-generating activities on local farms. In this interactive session, you will learn and discuss how best practices in planning and zoning can allow the most popular "small farm diversification" strategies in Michigan: Agritourism, value-added processing, and renewable energy generation.
Harmony Fierke-Gmazel, AICP, Government & Community Vitality Educator, Michigan State University Extension
Brad Neumann, AICP, Senior Government & Community Vitality Educator, Michigan State University Extension
Mary Reilly, AICP, Government & Community Vitality Educator, Michigan State University Extension

A Changing Climate: Managing Water for Health | 1.25 AICP CM
With support from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Climate and Health Adaptation Program, this project engaged local units of government and policy makers with the goal of better protecting drinking water sources, especially in the case of more frequent and severe rain events from climate change. An interactive mapping platform was developed to help local units of government better understand their risks and policy options related to local septic and wellhead protection ordinances. Key deliverables include a project website, an educational story map, an inventory and analysis of existing local ordinances, and preliminary policy recommendations for local units of government. This presentation will demo the story map and summarize key findings and recommendations.
Claire Karner, AICP
Aaron Ferguson
Marisa Laderach, AICP

Creating a Platform for Housing Affordability | 1.25 AICP CM
Plan. Zone. Invest. Abate. These are the four primary tools that local communities can leverage to get more housing built (affordable and market rate) at the local level. This session will focus on the efforts of several West Michigan communities to utilize these four pillars to create more housing at all price points while improving quality of life and reducing the cost of living.
Ryan Kilpatrick, AICP, Director, Housing Next

10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Bringing the Voice of a Neighborhood to the Heartside Quality of Life Plan | AICP CM 1.5 Ethics
The Heartside Quality of Life Study brought voice to a downtown neighborhood long overlooked and bypassed due to challenges around concentrated crime, vacant storefronts, public urination, and an exclusively rental housing market. The study focused on listening and empowerment of neighbors, including hiring and mentoring a dynamic resident to lead and facilitate the process. This has resulted in a plan with early wins and a future path that is #HEARTsideSTRONG. Throw assumptions out the window and discover a new flavor of community engagement.
Suzanne Schulz, AICP, Managing Director of Design and Development, City of Grand Rapids, MAP Past President
Latesha Lipscomb, Community Engagement Project Manager, City of Grand Rapids
Courtney Magaluk, AICP, Senior Project Manager, City of Grand Rapids

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
MAP Annual Meeting


12:15 PM - 2:00 PM
Board Policy Luncheon: Equitable Economic Development | 1.5 CM | $20
In January, the MAP board identified equitable economic development as its 2019 policy priority and spent much of the year learning from experts about the topic. The American Planning Association adopted a Planning Equity Policy in April 2019. Equity remains foundational to the work of community planners, and MAP will spend the remainder of the year and into 2020 drafting a policy that reflects the values of our profession. This interactive session combines presentations, small group conversations, and an opportunity to shape MAP’s emerging Equitable Economic Development policy. Lunch included. Registration and additional fee of $20 required.

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