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Michigan State University Extension
21885 Dunham Road, Suite 12, Clinton Township, MI 48036
(586) 469-6440

Public Policy

Statewide Ballot Proposal Forum

Know Your Vote:


Still deciding how you’re going to vote in November on Michigan’s three statewide ballot proposals?

MSU Extension is hosting a free statewide ballot proposal forum featuring presentations from unbiased experts on each of three ballot proposals.


Click here for more information.


Voting Laws

Monday, October 22, 2018
6-8:30 p.m.

MSU Extension
21885 Dunham Rd.
Clinton Twp.,
Use Entrance E in back

Placemaking and Public Engagement

The Crossroads for a Successful Community


Starting Oct. 29, 2018, the National Charrette Institute and Michigan State University Extension will launch a statewide training series on Placemaking and using the NCI charrette process to achieve quality places.

The interactive one-day workshops will teach community and economic development professionals, planners, zoning administrators, elected officials, planning commissioners and involved citizens the essentials of quality places and how to create them using the NCl's process for design-based collaboration.

Click here for more information.


East Jordan: October 29, 2018
Lapeer: November 2
Escanaba: November 7
Adrian: November 9
Clinton Township: November 12
Grand Rapids: November 14
Detroit: November 15 


9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Citizen Planner

Local Planning Commissioners and Zoning Boards of Appeals are often called upon to make important decisions to guide growth and development of their communities.  


Issues surrounding land use planning and regulation, and the tools and techniques available within Michigan to address them have become increasingly complex.

Michigan State University Extension's Citizen Planner Program was developed to address the basic, ongoing  training needs of citizens appointed to serve on local land use planning bodies.  The statewide program is being made available, in part, by funding support from People and Land.  The Program is delivered at the the local level in conjunction with county MSU Extension offices.  The Citizen Planner Program's objective is to equip volunteer community leaders with the technical knowledge and leadership skills needed to perform their duties more effectively and responsibly.  Macomb County MSU Extension staff worked with a committee of area residents, public officials and professionals to develop a program customized for the Macomb County area.

Certification is given after completion of seven "core" courses and 30 hours of community-oriented service in land use planning or related activities.  Community service hours waived for PC, ZBA, municipal council or Board members. Call 586-469-6440 for more information.