May Webinars + Trainings for UP Officials

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Housing, Real Estate & Resiliency

Join MSU’s School of Planning, Design & Construction (SPDC) faculty for a unique discussion on the intersections of planning, zoning for housing, the lifecycle of housing, and a new certificate opportunity through SPDC. Important topics covered during the webinar will include:

  • An overview of land use planning and land use regulations, their objectives, and their intended and unintended impacts on housing and workforce housing in general.
  • The causes and impacts of structural abandonment in housing and sustainable tools, policies, and practices to address it.
  • The connection between local policies in urban resilient redevelopment for housing and best practices for planning, design and construction to achieve local goals.
  • How current and aspiring real estate professionals can further their current discipline, or transition to planning or urban development with a resiliency focus.

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Date: May 9, 1pm – 2:30pm ET


Cost: Free


Get On Board! Effective Board Meetings and Good Governance

Role and Purpose - Monday, May 9, 6:30-8 pm ET

Elected and appointed government boards have distinct rules, norms, and a public purpose. In this session, we will learn key differences between elected and appointed boards and their unique spheres of influence. Staff and the public also have significant roles in developing and carrying out policy. Participants will explore common best practices between boards and within boards that support functional governance. 


Meeting Process - Monday, May 16, 6:30-8 pm ET

The board chair, members, staff, and public are all important meeting participants. In this session, we will review the fundamental practices for leading meetings effectively. Each person must understand their role during a meeting and having clarity around the meeting process. We will discuss formal process documents like bylaws, code of conducts, and agendas, as well as skills for efficiency and inclusion.


Parliamentary Procedure/Robert’s Rules - Monday, May 23, 6:30-8 pm ET

An introduction to Parliamentary Procedure based on Roberts’ Rules of Order, the most widely used parliamentary authority. This session will focus on parliamentary principles, motions, and debate and decorum during meetings. Participants will also have the opportunity to explore scenarios and practice skills.


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Cost: $50 individual registration for the webinar series, $200 group registration (up to 10 people).

Planning & Zoning for Solar Energy Systems

Michigan’s diverse energy future is set in motion. The shift in the utility sector from centralized power generation to a higher number of accessory and principal use solar energy systems (SES) means nearly every jurisdiction in Michigan will be approached about a solar installation within the next five years. The purpose of this training is to help Michigan communities meet the challenge of becoming solar-ready by addressing SES within their planning policies and zoning regulations. This training is based on the newly-released Planning and Zoning for Solar Energy Systems: A Guide for Michigan Local Governments and will explain:

  • The context for solar energy development in Michigan;
  • How various components, scales, and configurations of SES fit into landscape patterns ranging between rural, suburban, and urban;
  • Planning and siting considerations for solar energy systems including colocation with other land uses; and
  • Sample zoning approaches that attempt to balance the interests of property owners and the community as a whole.



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Evening Webinar - Thursday, May 12, 6:30 - 8 pm ET

Central Upper Peninsula - Monday, May 16, 6:30 - 8:30 pm ET - Marquette Charter Township

Mid-Day Webinar - Wednesday, June 1, 11:30 am - 1 pm ET

Other dates and locations available downstate


Cost: Free (registration required)


**Participants of in-person events will receive a printed version of Planning & Zoning for Solar Energy Systems: A Guide for Michigan Local Governments.


The 2022 Citizen Planner Advanced Academy

This event includes a collaborative, peer-to-peer learning framework of planning commissioners and zoning administrators. We’ll also join with tribal government officials from across Michigan to learn more about current planning and decision-making initiatives shaping our communities.  There will be specialized learning tracks and topical roundtables to ensure your questions are addressed by the collective wisdom in the room. Topics include:

  • MCP Cohort Collaborative 
  • Annual Case Law and Legislative Update 
  • Tribal Planning Initiatives - A Guest Panel 
  • Planning Commissioner Learning Track 
  • Zoning Administrator Learning Track 
  • Land Use Roundtables

Registration opens soon at:


Thursday, June 9, 10 am - 4:30 pm ET

In-Person @ The Ziibiwing Center, Mt. Pleasant


Early registration ends May 15


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