2018 Citizen Planner Advanced Academy

The Return on Investments in Your Community: Planning for the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Land Uses)

June 7, 2018 - Okemos Conference Center, 2187 University Park Dr, Okemos, MI 48864

Creating and sustaining high-quality communities requires responsible land use policies and careful decision making. Many popular projects consume resources while other developments generate tax revenue but might be less desirable. Whether it’s placemaking, the sharing economy, renewable energy systems, medical marijuana facilities, or other hot topics, local leaders must understand what their community wants, who pays for it, and how it impacts the municipality.

Master Citizen Planners will earn 6 hours of continuing education - enough for all of 2018!


9am - Registration and Continental Breakfast

10am - Welcome - Wendy Walker, Esq., Extension Educator

10:15 - Morning Expert Panel - Perspectives from the Developer’s Side of the Table - Hear from the private sector on mixed-use real estate projects, alternative energy ventures, and medical marijuana facilities – the current status and future of these sectors in Michigan, the process for developing a new project, and how they may add value (financially or otherwise) to your community. Moderator: A.C. Alrey, MSU Extension and AgBioResearch Council

12pm - Lunch with Case Law and Legislative Update - Wendy Walker, Esq., Extension Educator

1pm - Session 1 - It’s Not Just About the Money - Revenues, Costs, and Other Community Considerations (presentation 2) - Enjoy dialogue with other planning officials about the revenues, costs, and other community considerations for new construction or redevelopment projects, including the economics of placemaking. Presenters: Dave Rowley, MPA, MAAO (3), MCPPE, Extension Educator; Glenn Pape, Village of Oxford DDA Director

2:15pm - Break

2:30pm - Session 2 - Community Engagement on the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - Getting to the NIMBYs and BANANAs - Become more confident in choosing and using various methods of public participation in land use planning for those projects and issues that have high impact and input is needed. Presenters: Brad Neumann, AICP, Senior Extension Educator; Mary Reilly, AICP, Extension Educator

3:45pm - Closing Remarks - Brad Neumann, AICP, Senior Extension Educator

4:15pm - Adjourn