Metro Detroit Planners Section


What is the Metro Detroit Planners Section?

The Michigan Association of Planning (MAP) introduced an event series in Metro Detroit in 2010, initially referred to as Breakfast | Beverages | Bright Ideas | Books (BBB) WHICH HAS NOW EVOLVED INTO THE METRO DETROIT PLANNERS SECTION!

We ran events quarterly, highlighting planning and development in Metro Detroit with neighborhood walking tours (Liv-6, Grandmont Rosedale, Detroit-Grosse Pointe Border to Border, Jefferson East and many more); panel discussions (Midtown Detroit development, Community Development Organizations, and cross jurisdictional planning); historic building tours (Masonic Temple, the Guardian Building, Michigan Central Station); summer and winter holiday planners’ gatherings (Fowling! Feather bowling! Southern Fires! Mt. Elliot Park!); and our MAP Reads Book Group. For nearly a decade we delivered opportunities for Metro Detroit Planners to network, learn, and immerse themselves in the exciting renaissance of Michigan’s premier city.

Upcoming Events


April 2024 - Planners Night Out, Location TBD

May 23, 2024 - Palmer Park Walking Tour, AICP CM Credits offered. Registration and details coming soon.

July 2024, DATE TBD - Oak Park Walking Tour, AICP CM Credits offered. Registration and details coming soon.

October 2024, DATE TBD - Birmingham Walking Tour in collaboration with Center for New Urbanism. Registration and details coming soon.


Black Student Conference Scholarship

The Metro Detroit Planners are doing more than plan and organize exciting and inspiring events. The MDP Career Development Committee developed and launched a scholarship program for Black students studying planning to cover all costs to attend the MAP Conference . A short and successful fundraising campaign among MDP members exceeded our goals. In 2024, the Planning Michigan Conference is being held at the Amway Grand in Grand Rapids, September 25-27, 2024.

If you are a Black student studying planning in Michigan, you may be eligible for the scholarship! Follow this link to apply for the scholarship.

Donate to the Black Student Conference Scholarship 

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