Space still available: PZC hosts Zoning Administrator Certificate Training Program Feb. 23-25, 2016

posted on December 17, 2015 5:36pm

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LPI’s Mark Wyckoff leading a session from the 2015 Zoning Administrator Certificate Program. Photo courtesy of Kurt H. Schindler (view larger image) LPI’s Mark Wyckoff leading a session from the 2015 Zoning Administrator Certificate Program. Photo courtesy of Kurt H. Schindler

The MSU Planning & Zoning Center (PZC), a part of the MSU Land Policy Institute, will be offering the Zoning Administrator Certificate Training Program in Muskegon at the Shoreline Inn & Conference Center on Feb. 23-25, 2016. Space is still available with early registration ending Monday, Feb. 13, 2016, so be sure to reserve your space today!

Zoning Administrators make up the majority of participants attending the training. However, the program has attracted private consultants and county planners who consult with local Zoning Administrators, local elected officials and State agency staff as well. It has even attracted some unexpected participants who may have taken on the responsibility of the Zoning Administrator, due to lack of staff and funding at the municipal or county levels.

The rigorous training (24 hours of instruction) requires a substantial time commitment, which includes completion of eight modules leading to a certificate for those that pass an exam associated with each module. The program also provides techniques for doing zoning administration in ways that reduce legal risks to the Zoning Administrator and their community. Module topics include:

  1. Job Description, Responsibilities and Basic Ethics;
  2. Legal Issues;
  3. Reviewing Applications: Common Procedures and Use of Forms;
  4. Reviewing Plot Plans and Site Plans;
  5. Inspections and Violations;
  6. Preparing Files, Reports and Record Keeping;
  7. Interactions with other Professionals and Agencies, and Departmental Duties; and
  8. Customer Service and Counter Behavior.

All Zoning Administrators are encouraged to attend this program at some point in their career. The sooner they take the classes after becoming a Zoning Administrator, the better able they will be to do their job well. The Zoning Administrators who have attended the training program have had varying levels of experience and all have benefitted from the program.

Registration for the training is available online, but you must also submit a completed registration form from the registration brochure to PZC. Questions about registration should be emailed to Bob Krusky at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call (517) 353-3054. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve a seat today!

To be eligible for a certificate upon completion of this program, participants will need to have also completed the MSUE Michigan Citizen Planner Fundamentals of Planning & Zoning Program, either classroom-based or online (or be American Institute of Certified Planners certified) and successfully pass a multiple choice examination. Upcoming Citizen Planner training opportunities are listed below.

Citizen Planner Web-Based Trainings

  • ZAC Specific: Jan. 26–Feb. 3, 2016 (Weekdays 1/26, 1/27, 1/28, 1/29, 2/1, 2/2, 2/3) 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Online Program: Will be back up before Jan. 1, 2016. Check MSUE Citizen Planner for availability.

Classroom-Based Trainings

  • Calhoun County: Thursdays: Mar. 10 – May 5, 2016.
  • Macomb County: Beginning in Mar. 2016.
  • More in-person classes will be scheduled for Spring 2016.

Michigan Citizen Planner is administered separately from the Zoning Administrator Certificate Program. For more information, visit Michigan Citizen Planner. For questions, contact Janean Danca, MSUE Citizen Planner Coordinator, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call (269) 657-8213.