Introduction to Planning & Zoning: The Process

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

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
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