Registration open for citizen planner classes

BEULAH -— A training program for local officials working in the area of planning, zoning, community and economic development will be held in Elberta.

Michigan State University Extension is offering its premiere Michigan Citizen Planner program on Monday evengings and one full Saturday from Sept. 16 to Oct. 28 at the Elberta Lifesaving Station, located on Furnace Street in Elberta.

Early registration is required. Registration at events.anr.msu.edu/CPL2LBenMan/ or by calling (269) 657-8213. Payment can be made by credit card, check or invoiced for payment. The registration deadline is Sept. 9. The fee covers registration, course materials and refreshments. Participants that complete all seven sessions will receive a certificate of completion and may continue on to become Master Citizen Planners.

Scholarships for attending Citizen Planner may be available from a government’s liability insurance provider, such as the Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority, Michigan Township Participating Plan and others. The scholarships are offered because this training is viewed as an important strategy to avoid liability risk and associated costs to local taxpayers.

The training includes proper procedure for planning and zoning and knowledge to avoid compromising people’s due process and private property rights, as well as much more. A scholarship is also available for officials from participating Lakes to Land municipalities.

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