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  • Intro to Planning & Zoning Series

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Includes all three segments of MTA's "Introduction to Planning & Zoning" series. Includes segments on "The Basics", "The Tools" and "The Process".

    This three-part series will be get your board members or zoning officials started on the right foot, or provide a helpful refresher for more experienced officials. 

    Whether you’re a member of the township board, planning commission or zoning board of appeals, your knowledge of the planning and zoning process is vital to your community. As new developments and projects approach your township, it’s important to be prepared to make tough decisions.

    In part 1, "The Basics", we'll review the basic elements of planning and zoning, including the planning and zoning enabling acts that laid the foundation. Examine the structure and function of the planning commission and zoning board of appeals, along with the role of the township board.

    Then, explore the “ins and outs” of master plans and zoning approvals during part 2, "The Tools". Rezoning, site plan review, special land uses, planned unit development and variances will also be discussed. 

    In the final segment, The Process, we will break down each step in the process from pre-application to processing and deliberation through documentation. Enforcement will also be addressed.

    Steve Langworthy

    Director of Land Use & Long Range Planning, Dublin, Ohio

    Steve Langworth received a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan and spent 6 years as a planning director and zoning administrator for the city of Kentwood, Michigan (among others), and over 20 years as a consulting planner, most recently with LSL Planning in Grand Rapids.

    Steve has authored numerous Master Plans, Zoning Ordinances, and special studies for communities of all sizes and characteristics. He is a frequent MTA presenter and the principal author of MTA’s Township Guide to Planning and Zoning and Township Planning & Zoning Decision-making Handbook.

  • Introduction to Planning & Zoning: The Basics

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    In part one, examine the structure and function of the planning commission and zoning board of appeals, along with the role of the township board.

    Whether you’re a member of the township board, planning commission or zoning board of appeals, your knowledge of the planning and zoning process is vital to your community. As new developments and projects approach your township, it’s important to be prepared to make tough decisions. 

    Part one of a three-part series, this informative session will review the basic elements of planning and zoning, including the planning and zoning enabling acts that laid the foundation. Examine the structure and function of the planning commission and zoning board of appeals, along with the role of the township board. 

    Once you’ve mastered The Basics, you won’t want to miss part two, The Tools, and three, The Process, also offered as 60- and 75-minute sessions. Together they delve into the “ins and outs” of master plans and zoning ordinances, along with key strategies for effective decision-making.

    Thank you to Foster Swift for helping to underwrite the cost of this program. For more information, visit www.fosterswift.com.


    Steve Langworthy

    Director of Land Use & Long Range Planning, Dublin, Ohio

    Steve Langworth received a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan and spent 6 years as a planning director and zoning administrator for the city of Kentwood, Michigan (among others), and over 20 years as a consulting planner, most recently with LSL Planning in Grand Rapids.

    Steve has authored numerous Master Plans, Zoning Ordinances, and special studies for communities of all sizes and characteristics. He is a frequent MTA presenter and the principal author of MTA’s Township Guide to Planning and Zoning and Township Planning & Zoning Decision-making Handbook.

  • Introduction to Planning & Zoning: The Process

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    In part three of this series, dive into each step in the process from pre-application to processing and deliberation through documentation. Enforcement will also be addressed.

    Whether you’re a member of the township board, planning commission or zoning board of appeals, your knowledge of the planning and zoning process is vital to your community. As new developments and projects approach your township, it’s important to be prepared to make tough decisions.

    This third and final session in our three-part introductory series, will break down each step in the process from pre-application to processing and deliberation through documentation. Enforcement will also be addressed. 

    We recommend you participate in parts one and two, The Basics and The Tools, before participating in this session. 

    Thank you to Landplan, Inc. for helping underwrite the cost of this program. For more information, visit www.landplan-eidelson.com.


    Steve Langworthy

    Director of Land Use & Long Range Planning, Dublin, Ohio

    Steve Langworth received a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan and spent 6 years as a planning director and zoning administrator for the city of Kentwood, Michigan (among others), and over 20 years as a consulting planner, most recently with LSL Planning in Grand Rapids.

    Steve has authored numerous Master Plans, Zoning Ordinances, and special studies for communities of all sizes and characteristics. He is a frequent MTA presenter and the principal author of MTA’s Township Guide to Planning and Zoning and Township Planning & Zoning Decision-making Handbook.

  • Introduction to Planning & Zoning: The Tools

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    In part two, explore the “ins and outs” of master plans and zoning approvals during this session

    Whether you’re a member of the township board, planning commission or zoning board of appeals, your knowledge of the planning and zoning process is vital to your community. As new developments and projects approach your township, it’s important to be prepared to make tough decisions.

     Explore the “ins and outs” of master plans and zoning approvals during this session, which is part two of our three part series. Rezoning, site plan review, special land uses, planned unit development and variances will also be discussed. 

    We recommend you participate in part one, The Basics, before taking this portion. When you are ready to continue the learning, catch the third and final session in our introductory series, The Process.

    Thank you to Rowe Professional Services Company for helping to underwrite the cost of this program. For more information, visit www.roweincorp.com.


    Steve Langworthy

    Director of Land Use & Long Range Planning, Dublin, Ohio

    Steve Langworth received a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan and spent 6 years as a planning director and zoning administrator for the city of Kentwood, Michigan (among others), and over 20 years as a consulting planner, most recently with LSL Planning in Grand Rapids.

    Steve has authored numerous Master Plans, Zoning Ordinances, and special studies for communities of all sizes and characteristics. He is a frequent MTA presenter and the principal author of MTA’s Township Guide to Planning and Zoning and Township Planning & Zoning Decision-making Handbook.

  • Land Use: Defining Your Township's Future (F-102)

    Contains 5 Component(s)

    This four-part series covers a variety of land use-related topics, from building a great team, to defining your master plan, developing your township's zoning strategy and dealing with new and emerging issues. Valid for 6 credits in MTA's TGA program.

    Learn the ins and outs of building a great planning & zoning team and discuss how your actions impact your community. Part one of a four-part series, this informative session will help you identify some of the purposes of planning to help you determine what you wish to accomplish. Change can be a positive thing, learn how to manage it effectively.

    Once you’ve mastered Foundations, you won’t want to miss segments two through four Defining Your Township’s Master PlanZoning Strategies and Emerging Issues. Together they delve into the elements of and ideas behind master planning along with a wide range of emerging trends and strategies in planning and zoning. 

    This course is divided into four webcasts segments. To receive TGA credit, candidates must view all webcasts segments, complete and pass the post-webcast quiz, and complete and return a Practical Application Commitment (PAC) form (found here) to MTA.

    Steve Langworthy

    Director of Land Use & Long Range Planning, Dublin, Ohio

    Steve Langworth received a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan and spent 6 years as a planning director and zoning administrator for the city of Kentwood, Michigan (among others), and over 20 years as a consulting planner, most recently with LSL Planning in Grand Rapids.

    Steve has authored numerous Master Plans, Zoning Ordinances, and special studies for communities of all sizes and characteristics. He is a frequent MTA presenter and the principal author of MTA’s Township Guide to Planning and Zoning and Township Planning & Zoning Decision-making Handbook.

  • Making Meetings Work More Effectively (B-105)

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    This two-part series will help you structure your meetings to achieve more in less time, with better consensus around the board table. Valid for 4 TGA credits.

    Structure your meetings to achieve more in less time! Explore how your board might define its “rules of engagement” so that the meetings will be orderly and productive. Learn how to deal with differences around the board table while staying focused on results. Conflict resolution techniques are also incorporated as part of the training.

    This course is divided into two webcasts segments. To receive TGA credit, candidates must view both webcasts segments, complete and pass the post-webcast quiz, and complete and return a Practical Application Commitment (PAC) form (found here) to MTA.

    Susan Radwan

    CAE

    Susan Radwan, CAE, Leading Edge Mentoring, Grand Ledge

    Susan is a governance and leadership consultant who focuses on facilitating an authentic leadership process, resulting in accountability in leadership and governance. She is a regular presenter at MTA functions and served as the primary consultant for the development of the Township Governance Academy.

  • Managing Your Township Team (F-104)

    Contains 5 Component(s)

    Also known as "Managing HR in the Township", this four-part series will cover human resources issues all townships face -- from hiring and firing to discipline, compensation and managing volunteers. Valid for 6 TGA credits.

    Human resource issues need to be addressed in all townships—even small townships with only a few employees or volunteers. Hiring, firing, discipline, compensation, and recruiting and managing volunteers are just a few of the human resource related issues about which all township officials must be knowledgeable. We’ll help you build your township’s personnel policies, from the basic components to how to keep it current.

    This course is divided into four webcasts segments. To receive TGA credit, candidates must view all webcasts segments, complete and pass the post-webcast quiz, and complete and return a Practical Application Commitment (PAC) form (found here) to MTA.


    Stephen Schultz

    Attorney

    Stephen Schultz is a founding partner of the law firm Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes. The firm has been recognized as one of the “Best Law Firm’s in America” by US News & World Report. Steve is listed in the publication “Super Lawyers” as an expert in the field of Labor and Employment Law. For over 30 years, his practice has focused on representing townships in all matters. He is also frequent presenter for MTA and an instructor in MTA’s Township Governance Academy.

  • Meetings Misconceptions

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Gain insight into the laws that provide information on how meetings are conducted and whether each is required to comply with the Open Meetings Act.

    Township board meetings, annual meetings, special meetings, public hearings, workshop meetings, joint meetings … should we continue? Are you confused by the variety of meetings in which your township board is involved? Gain insight into the laws that provide information on how meetings are conducted and whether each is required to comply with the Open Meetings Act.

    Jim Beelen

    Former MTA Member Information Services Liaison

    MTA Member Information Liaison Jim Beelen joined MTA in October 2008 from Allendale Charter Township in Ottawa County where he served on the township board for 30 years. The last 12 years Jim was the Supervisor. For 18 years prior to that, Jim served as the township treasurer.

    During his time at MTA, Jim provided township officials and employees with information and resources regarding the day-to-day functions of township government. He also developed MIS Department resource materials, and presented workshop and Conference sessions. Jim retired in 2015 and now enjoys fishing and visiting his many grandchildren.

  • New Officials Training - Getting Started Right

    Contains 5 Component(s)

    Learn more about MTA, get an overview of township government, what townships do and how to finance it, basics of financial oversight and tips for great board meetings.

    Learn more about MTA, get an overview of township government, what townships do and how to finance it, basics of financial oversight and tips for great board meetings. General content helpful for all members of a township, but especially for elected officials.

    NOTE: The segments included in this webcast are also included in our New Officials Training webcast packages available for Clerks, Trustees, Treasurers and Supervisors. This package does not include any of the office-specific segments, or panel discussions from veteran officials.

    G. Lawrence “Larry” Merrill

    Former Executive Director, Michigan Townships Association

    Under the general direction of the Board of Directors, Larry spent many years executing the policies prescribed by the MTA Board of Directors and the membership. He was responsible for the overall operation and administration of the Association, where he has served since 1980. Prior to working for the Association, Larry was a county administrator and director of a county emergency medical services department.  Larry holds a master's degree in public administration, is the author of numerous books and articles on local government finances, administration and services and is a a popular presenter on topics related to townships and board governance. 

    Catherine Mullhaupt

    Staff Attorney, Member Information Services

    Catherine Mullhaupt

    Catherine joined MTA in 1991, working in the Education Department before joining Member Information Services in 2000. She was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 2006 and is currently the MTA Staff Attorney.

    Michael Selden

    Director of Member Information Services

    Michael Selden is MTA's director of Member Information Services. As director, he supervises the development and delivery of Association member information programs and services.

    Before joining MTA in November 2015, Selden served as the city manager of Wayland, Mich., for three years. In that role, he prepared and managed the city budget, supervised 22 employees, oversaw multiple city departments and served as liaison to numerous boards and commissions. Selden also served as the city manager of Bangor, Mich., from 2007-2012. He holds a master’s in public administration from the University of Michigan—Flint, where he also earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

    Cindy Davis

    ​MTA Information Specialist

    MTA Information Specialist Cindy Davis joined MTA in 2006 from Williamstown Township in Ingham County where she served as Clerk since 2005. She has been involved with the township since 2003 as assistant to the supervisor, planning commissioner, and assistant to the planning commission. She is currently a Michigan Certified Assessing Officer. Via phone, fax and e-mail, Cindy provides township officials and employees with information and resources regarding the day-to-day functions of township government. She is also the Association liaison for MTA county chapters, develops MIS Department resource materials, and presents workshop and Conference sessions.

  • New Officials Training for Clerks

    Contains 7 Component(s)

    A full overview of your duties, starting with your role as a board member through responsibilities specific to your elected office.

    This multi-part webcast offers the same content as our full-day New Officials Training, delivered right to where you are! Start by getting an overview of township government, then learn what townships do -- and how to finance it. Get the basics on your role in financial oversight and how you can make every board meeting a great board meeting. Then, learn the specific roles and responsibilities of your elected office and get helpful tips from veteran township officials on what they wish they'd known when they were first elected.

    G. Lawrence “Larry” Merrill

    Former Executive Director, Michigan Townships Association

    Under the general direction of the Board of Directors, Larry spent many years executing the policies prescribed by the MTA Board of Directors and the membership. He was responsible for the overall operation and administration of the Association, where he has served since 1980. Prior to working for the Association, Larry was a county administrator and director of a county emergency medical services department.  Larry holds a master's degree in public administration, is the author of numerous books and articles on local government finances, administration and services and is a a popular presenter on topics related to townships and board governance. 

    Catherine Mullhaupt

    Staff Attorney, Member Information Services

    Catherine Mullhaupt

    Catherine joined MTA in 1991, working in the Education Department before joining Member Information Services in 2000. She was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 2006 and is currently the MTA Staff Attorney.

    Michael Selden

    Director of Member Information Services

    Michael Selden is MTA's director of Member Information Services. As director, he supervises the development and delivery of Association member information programs and services.

    Before joining MTA in November 2015, Selden served as the city manager of Wayland, Mich., for three years. In that role, he prepared and managed the city budget, supervised 22 employees, oversaw multiple city departments and served as liaison to numerous boards and commissions. Selden also served as the city manager of Bangor, Mich., from 2007-2012. He holds a master’s in public administration from the University of Michigan—Flint, where he also earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

    Cindy Davis

    ​MTA Information Specialist

    MTA Information Specialist Cindy Davis joined MTA in 2006 from Williamstown Township in Ingham County where she served as Clerk since 2005. She has been involved with the township since 2003 as assistant to the supervisor, planning commissioner, and assistant to the planning commission. She is currently a Michigan Certified Assessing Officer. Via phone, fax and e-mail, Cindy provides township officials and employees with information and resources regarding the day-to-day functions of township government. She is also the Association liaison for MTA county chapters, develops MIS Department resource materials, and presents workshop and Conference sessions.