Whether you’re a member of the township board, planning commission or zoning board of appeals, your knowledge of the planning and zoning process is vital to your community. As new developments and projects approach your township, it’s important to be prepared to make tough decisions.
MTA can help! Join us at this evening workshop for an overview of the basic elements of an effective planning and zoning program. We’ll review the sources of township planning and zoning authority, the structure and function of the planning commission and zoning board of appeals, and the role of the township board. In addition, we’ll discuss the “ins and outs” of master plans and zoning ordinances, along with key strategies for effective decision-making.
Presented by MTA Legal Counsel Catherine Kaufman, who brings her unique experience as both a planner and an attorney with the firm Bauckham, Sparks, Thall, Seeber & Kaufman PC, this workshop offers real-life, practical application. Registration and dinner begin at 4 p.m., class is held from 5 to 8 p.m.
Discounted book package available: Participants can pre-purchase MTA’s Planning & Zoning Book Package, which includes The Township Guide to Planning & Zoning and Planning & Zoning Decision- making, for $72. The Township Guide to Planning & Zoning provides a detailed look at the planning process and outlines elements of a successful planning program, while Planning & Zoning Decision-making aims to help planning and zoning officials reach defensible, effective decisions and build a strong community based on sound planning principles and procedures. Books will be distributed onsite at check-in for in-person participants.
Cancellation, Substitution & Switching Policy: Written cancellation requests received at the MTA office by May 5 will receive a full refund. In-person event “no shows” or those who cancel after May 5 will be converted to online access. No refunds will be issued without extenuating circumstances. If space allows, you may switch locations at no charge if you notify MTA of the change at least one week prior to the workshop, otherwise, a $25/person fee will be assessed. You may substitute another individual from your township without incurring a charge; please notify MTA of the change.