April 27, 2022
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:
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.
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:
Register at: https://events.anr.msu.edu/pzsolar
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.
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: