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Oakland County Planner Charlotte Burckhardt Elected President of Michigan Association of Planning

Public Date: 10/31/2011 12:00 AM
Contact: Steve Huber, Marketing & Communications Officer Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs
Phone Number: 248-858-1848

Waterford, Michigan -- Charlotte Burckhardt, a Principal Planner with Oakland County Planning & Economic Development Services, has been named President of the Michigan Association of Planning (MAP).

Burckhardt assumed the presidency at MAP's annual conference in Grand Rapids in October. She previously served as secretary/treasurer and vice president. Until taking on the role of vice president last year, she continued to serve as the board liaison to the Government Relations Committee. This is Burckhardt's sixth year on the MAP board.

"Charlotte is a talented employee who will lead the Michigan Association of Planning with innovation and experience," said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson.

Burckhardt, 56, has been employed by Oakland County since 1983. Among her many county projects are the Royal Oak I-696 and Woodward Avenue Project, the Woodward Avenue Corridor Project, the Ferndale Reichhold Site Project and the Shiawassee and Huron Headwaters Resource Preservation Project. She is also responsible for administering the county's review of township rezonings and master plans, including working with the Oakland County Coordinating Zoning Committee. She has obtained certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners and is registered in Michigan as a Professional Community Planner.

"Charlotte has ably represented county government and regional interests, as well as Southeast Michigan during her tenure, and provides valuable perspectives on diverse issues as the board grapples with planning and economic development issues in these trying economic times," said MAP Executive Director Andrea Brown.

Burckhardt and her husband Roger live in Waterford. The couple has a daughter, Rachel.

The Michigan Association of Planning, established in 1945, is the largest state chapter of the American Planning Association (APA), which is recognized internationally as the premier organization dedicated to urban and regional planning. MAP's membership is close to 4,000 professional planners, planning commissioners, zoning board of appeals members, local elected officials, and others interested in planning. For more information on the Michigan Association of Planning, see www.planningmi.org. For more information about Oakland County Planning & Economic Development Services, see www.advantageoakland.com.