Wayne Beyea

Wayne Beyea is a faculty member and senior specialist - outreach within the MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction’s Urban & Regional Planning Program. In this capacity, he maintains a teaching and MSU Extension outreach program with an emphasis on the science and policy of green community planning, renewable energy siting and infrastructure, and sustainable development and climate change law. Beyea also directs the American Citizen Planner Collaborative, an online training program for planning officials nationwide in partnership with land grant universities. In addition, he is the National Leader for the Land Use Planning Community of Practice through the USDA Cooperative Extension Service. Beyea served as the Statewide Coordinator of the MSU Extension Michigan Citizen Planner program from 2002-2012, leading the program to state and national prominence under his direction. He has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of community planning, economic development and land use law at the local, county, regional and state levels. Beyea holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Urban Planning from MSU, a Master of Public Administration Degree with a concentration in growth management, from the University of Maine, and Juris Doctor Degree from the MSU College of Law. He is a professionally certified community planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and a licensed attorney in the State of Michigan. Beyea has also served as a municipally appointed Planning Commissioner and Zoning Board of Appeals member. He is a trainer of the National Charrette Institute's NCI Charrette System.

Courses taught by Wayne Beyea

Basic Legal Framework for Planning Officials

This course introduces the laws that give planning officials the powers to perform their duties. It also introduces the sources and types of law that planning officials should know in order to understand the legal basis for planning and zoning.

47 Mins

Planning Official Ethics 101

In this course, we will introduce why ethics are a concern for all public officials. We look at how ethics governs a planning official’s duties and actions. By the end of this course, you will have a basic understanding of your ethical boundaries and responsibilities.

62 Mins