Michigan Citizen Planner is a Michigan State University Extension program within the MSU Land Policy Institute. It offers land-use education and training to locally appointed and elected planning officials and interested citizens throughout Michigan.
Each year, Michigan Citizen Planner hosts the Advanced Academy, a training event designed for local planning and zoning officials.
The Distinguished Citizen Planner Award, presented annually, recognizes outstanding achievements of alumni of the Michigan Citizen Planner. At this year’s Advanced Academy on June 16, Robert (Bob) Carstens, Grand Traverse County’s Acme Township planning commissioner, received this year’s award for his exemplary volunteer effort toward community engagement in the Grand Traverse Region. He was also a key leader in developing and promoting the “The Grand Vision,” an award-winning, six-county regional planning initiative. As part of the award, provided by the MSU Land Policy Institute, Acme Township will receive a $500 training scholarship for their planning officials to attend professional development training offered by Michigan Citizen Planner.