PZC Zoning Administrator Certificate Program
Since 2009, the Planning & Zoning Center (PZC) at MSU has held the Zoning Administrator Certificate Program. This program was designed to offer zoning administration techniques in ways that reduce legal risks to the zoning administrator (ZA) and their community. It is the ONLY such program in the state!
The Zoning Administrator Certificate (ZAC) Program has offered training in 16 different locations around the state; attracting more than 200 participants. To date, 98% of the participants who attended the training have passed the final exam and received a certificate of completion. 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. 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 local or county levels.
2017 Training Program
Date: Wednesday-Thursday, February 15-16, 2017
There are eight training modules in the Zoning Administrator Certificate Program, and each is 1.5-2.5 hours of classroom time (including an individual or group activity).
- Job Description, Responsibilities and Basic Ethics.
- Legal Issues.
- Reviewing Applications: Common Procedures and Use of Forms.
- Reviewing Plot Plans and Site Plans.
- Inspections and Violations.
- Preparing Files, Reports and Record Keeping
- Interactions with other Professionals and Agencies, and Departmental Duties.
- Customer Service and Counter Behavior.
This year, the training schedule, materials and content has been overhauled. Therefore, the schedule has changed from a three-day program to a two-day program. Below are two tables showing the typical agenda for the two-day event. Modules may be presented in a different order than displayed, and include a mid-point break.
|12:45-1:30pm||45||Module 6 (cont.)|
All Michigan State University programs are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, or veteran status.