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
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
1 hour and 23 minutes
Chairing and Participating in Public Meetings
Planning for Hazards
Anne Miller & Tareq Wafaie
Integrating Hazards into the Comprehensive Plan
Logan Sand, Tareq Wafaie, Rachel Bacon & Karen Berchtold
Land use Planning for Wildfire Resilience
Logan Sand, Molly Mowery, and Jim Curnutte
Additional Online Training Resources
APA Planning Webcast Series
Check out free recorded webinars on a variety of planning topics and get CM credits.
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.