In 2010, the State of Michigan passed Complete Streets Legislation that amends both the Michigan Transportation Fund Law (Act 51) and the Michigan Planning Enabling Act (Act 33). To address this,

Michigan Citizen Planner is offering workshops on Complete Streets policy and practice across Michigan from March through May, 2011. The series was developed specifically for local elected and appointed officials, planning and zoning practitioners, health officials, walking and biking enthusiasts, local leaders and interested citizens. The training will cover:

  • Key components under the Acts that every elected and appointed officials should know;
  • An overview of Complete Streets concepts and practice;
  • Best practices and Michigan examples;
  • The 10 key principles to develop a local ordinance;
  • Tools and resources that can be used to implement Complete Streets in a community; and
  • Funding opportunities.

The workshops will be held from 6pm – 9:30pm (unless otherwise noted) on the following dates at the following locations:

Tuesday, March 8, 2011 5:30pm – 9pm
Peter White Library, Marquette, MI

Thursday, March 17
BHK Child Development Board Building, Houghton, MI

Thursday, March 24
Lake Superior State University Walker Cisler Center, Sault Ste. Marie, MI

Thursday, March 31
Ann Arbor MSUE Office, Ann Arbor, MI

Wednesday, April 13
Saginaw MSUE Office, Saginaw, MI

Thursday, April 14
Traverse City Michigan Works, Traverse City, MI

Thursday, April 21
Grand Rapids MSUE Office, Grand Rapids, MI

Tuesday, April 26, from 5:30pm – 9pm
West Wayne MSUE Office, Wayne, MI

Wednesday, April 27
Oakland County Planning Building, Pontiac, MI

Thursday, April 28
Mt. Pleasant MSUE Office, Mt. Pleasant, MI

Tuesday, May 3
Berrien County Extension Main Office, Benton Harbor, MI

Wednesday, May 4
Port Huron MSUE Office, Port Huron, MI

Thursday, May 12
MSU Erickson Hall Kiva, East Lansing, MI

Registration for the workshops is available online. Cost to attend each workshop is $55 ($45 for Master Citizen Planners (MCPs)). The fee includes refreshment and resource materials. Continuing Education Units (CEU) may be available for MCPs (0.3 CEUs have been submitted for approval). For questions about registration, please contact Jessica McFarland by email at or call 517.432.0704.

If you are unable to attend one of the workshops but are interested in hosting a workshop in your community, contact Michigan Citizen Planner at or 517.432.7600. Learn more at 2011 Complete Streets Workshop Series.

Workshop primary partners include Michigan Department of Community Health; and Healthy Kids, Healthy Michigan. Michigan State University partners include the School of Planning Design and Construction; and the MSUE Greening Michigan Institute.

Michigan Citizen Planner is an MSU Extension program within the Land Policy Institute.