Introduction to Planning & Zoning: The Tools

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

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
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