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. 
Anne Miller, David Morley, Darcie White, and Erin Fosdick
1 hour
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
Logan Sand, Taryn Finnessey, Katy Bigner, and Lindsay Ex
1 hour
Logan Sand, Jill Carlson, and Peter Wysocki
58 minutes
Logan Sand, Nicole Aimone, and Anne Kuechenmeister
60 minutes
Board of Adjustment Workshop - March 22, 2018
Tim Cox, Michow, Cox & McAskin, LLP. and City Attorney of Lakewood 

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.