Intro to Planning & Zoning - 2022

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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. MTA can help!

This three-part on-demand webinar will cover an overview of the basic elements of an effective planning and zoning program. We’ll review the sources of township planning and zoning authority, the structure and function of the planning commission and zoning board of appeals, and the role of the township board. In addition, we’ll discuss the “ins and outs” of master plans and zoning ordinances, along with key strategies for effective decision-making. 

Presented by MTA Legal Counsel Catherine Kaufman, who brings her unique experience as both a planner and an attorney with the firm Bauckham, Sparks, Thall, Seeber & Kaufman PC, this workshop offers real-life, practical application.

Catherine P. Kaufman

Attorney & Partner

Catherine P. Kaufman is an attorney and partner at Bauckham, Sparks, Thall, Seeber & Kaufman, PC. Her practice includes all facets of municipal representation, with a concentration on land use, zoning and planning matters. She has served as advisor to municipal planning commissions and zoning boards of appeal, as well as to private citizen and environmental groups. A member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, she has also worked as a land use planner and is active in statewide planning organizations. An honors graduate of James Madison College at Michigan State University, she received a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Wayne State University.