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Upcoming Events, Seminars & Training
Farms Are the Tapas - Save the Date!
September 30th, 2021
More details to come
Each year, the Department hosts a free Planning and Zoning Fundamentals training where attendees learn the roles and responsibilities to help them more effectively serve on a Planning Commission or Zoning Board of Appeals.
Next training tentatively scheduled for February 2022.
Archived Seminars & Training
Planning and Zoning Fundamentals (2021)
Click on the links below to view recordings of this year’s virtual trainings.
- February 16, 2021 – “Understanding Your Role as a Planning Commissioner”
- February 18, 2021 – “The Essentials of Being a Zoning Board of Appeals Member”
Ian Lockwood Series (2018)
Ian Lockwood PE, a nationally recognized leader in sustainable transportation and urban design, came to Ottawa County in March 2018 for a series of events that were both informational and inspiring. Videos of Ian’s time in Ottawa County can be viewed HERE.
Strong Towns Workshop (2017)
Chuck Marohn, nationally acclaimed speaker and president of the non-profit organization, Strong Towns, came to Ottawa County in May 2017 and explored issues related to development patterns, infrastructure, financial resiliency, and quality placemaking practices in local communities. The goal of this all-day workshop was to open up new ways of thinking about development by examining both new and old-but-forgotten concepts. Learn more about Strong Towns HERE.
- Understanding Hydraulic Fracturing: A Three-Part Educational Series (2014)
Wind Energy Symposium (2008)
The Ottawa County Wind Energy Symposium was held on Thursday evening, June 5th, at the Grand Haven Community Center. The Symposium was a joint effort of the Planning Commission and Michigan State University Extension, and was undertaken to provide practical information to local officials and interested residents on the use, cost, practicality, types and siting of large and small wind energy facilities. The level of interest in this event was extremely high and it is estimated that between 375 and 400 individuals attended. Nine vendors also participated, two of which had actual wind turbines on display.
A downloadable version of each presentation is provided below.