The Community Development Office provides technical assistance and training services to communities through a series of workshops and recorded webinars related to land use planning, economic development, and sustainable community development. 


Planning Commissioner Training

Planning 101

The Community Development Office provides planning refresher trainings to a limited number of municipalities and counties locally by request.  These Planning Refresher sessions provide a general overview for planning commissioners and elected boards; this brief workshop is helpful for both new and long-time officials.  The agenda can be tailored to fit your specific needs, but typically includes the following elements:

  • Planning Authority & Enabling Legislation
  • The Role of the Planning Commission in Relation to Elected Officials and Staff
  • Long Range Planning & Implementation Tools
  • Effective Meetings and the Decision Making Process
  • Legal and Ethical Review (ex parte contacts, conflicts of interest, etc.)

The session usually takes 2 hours depending on the agenda. Please contact Anne Miller with any questions or to request a Planning Refresher workshop in your area.


Economic Development & Downtown Revitalization

See the Main Street Resources page for details. 



The Community Development Office has a series of recorded webinars on land use and community planning topics. 

Tools for Effective Community Engagement
1 hour and 48 minutes
Why Planners are Critical to Achieving Resilience
Andrew Rumbach
1 hour and 23 minutes
Chairing and Participating in Public Meetings
Gerald Dahl
20 minutes
Planning for Hazards
Anne Miller & Tareq Wafaie
42 minutes  

Integrating Hazards into the Comprehensive Plan
Logan Sand, Tareq Wafaie, Rachel Bacon & Karen Berchtold
58 minutes

Land use Planning for Wildfire Resilience
Logan Sand, Molly Mowery, and Jim Curnutte
57 minutes


Additional Online Training Resources

APA Planning Webcast Series 
Check out free recorded webinars on a variety of planning topics and get CM credits.

Planetizen Courses
Planetizen offers a wealth of online planning and community development training topics to choose from. If you want to round out your planning knowledge, this is a good place to start.