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

Annual Planning Refresher Workshop
The Community Development Office provides an annual planning refresher workshop. This "mini-conference" covers planning basics, best practices, and emerging issues and tools. Here are the 2019 agenda and workshop materials.
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. 

Webinars and Trainings

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