Education and Resources for Officials

Eighty percent of our members are citizens appointed to planning commissions and zoning boards of appeals. Planning Commission actions and decisions by the Zoning Board of Appeals are some of the most important decisions in a community, and have impacts – far into the future. The Michigan Association of Planning provides training and resources that give solutions to the challenges appointed and elected leaders face.

Training Workshops:

MAP runs training workshops each year for elected and appointed officials. For more information or to register, click here.

Want training right in your own community? MAP also offers on-site workshops. MAP brings the program, you choose the date, time, location, and attendees. For more information, click here.


Click here for resources for planning commissioners, ZBA, and local officials on planning basics.


Since 2020, MAP has recorded a number of webinars on a wide range of planning and zoning topics. The Planning Law Series is available free of charge. If you are interested in a particular topic, please contact Amy Vansen at or (734) 913-2000 to see if a recorded presentation is available and for pricing.