Introduction to Planning & Zoning: The Basics

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

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
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