The Planning & Zoning Center at MSU (PZC) is a multi-disciplinary team of professionals devoted to research, education, and consultation on best practices for community planning and development. It works both independently and in cooperation with many other groups both on and off campus to build an economically, environmentally, and culturally sustainable Michigan.
PZC focuses research and engages in outreach designed to improve land use decisions by and coordination between governmental entities. PZC also maintains online information resources, develops decision support systems and serves as an information/data clearinghouse to enhance city, village, township, county, regional and state planning efforts. Helping planning bodies and a wide range of professionals understand their options, and arrive at optimal solutions within the policy context they operate in, is a key component of the research and outreach work of Planning & Zoning Center at MSU.
PZC at MSU is headed by community planner Mark Wyckoff, FAICP, who founded the original PZC in the private sector in September 1982 as an instrument for local government and statewide education, training, and consulting in the arena of community planning and land use issues. PZC at MSU continues and expands upon this tradition of service and promotion of responsible land policy reform.