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Community Planning Program

The Community Planning Program consists of 3 courses: Planning and Zoning 101, 102, and 201. These courses are open to appointed board and commission members (existing and new), local government staff, and elected officials.

 

Planning and Zoning 101: Basics

All appointed board and commission members (existing and new), local government staff, and elected officials should attend this training.

 

This is a solid introduction to the basics of what planning and zoning are.

You will learn:

  • terminology

  • what the roles in the local government planning and zoning processes are (citizens, applicants, planning commission/planning commissioners, planning and zoning staff, and elected officials)

  • what state laws are applicable to the work planners, zoning administrators, and appointed officials do 

  • what the job is and how to do the job

  • how to interpret and use the city/county comprehensive plan to make land use decisions

  • why the plan is the anchor of those decisions

  • how to use the local ordinance and the plan to make the decisions

  • how to plan for the future: demographic and land use trends as well as population projections and asset-based planning

 

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Planning and Zoning 102: Public Engagement

All appointed board and commission members should attend this training.

 

This course will discuss civic engagement. This class uses role play to learn about the potential problems that can surface in a public hearing and how to better manage the process.

 

You will focus on:

  • broader issues of civic health and engagement

  • methods to handle contentious public hearings

  • the decision-making process

 

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Planning & Zoning 201: Practical Ethics for Planners and Planning Officials

 

The Carl Vinson Institute of Government and the Georgia Chapter of the American Planning Association recognize the importance of ethics education for local government decision makers, planners, planning commissions, and boards of zoning as well as local government staff who directly or indirectly work with decision makers and planning and zoning officials, such as in comprehensive planning, zoning appeals, or architectural review.

 

You will learn:

  • the purpose and goals of the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and their relationship to ethical dilemmas and decisions in planning

  • how values, morality, virtue, character, and obligations play out in our everyday actions and decisions

  • how ethical dilemmas can arise whenever discretion is involved in policy or administrative decision making

  • how to apply principles of ethical decision making to resolve dilemmas

  • the moral dimensions, goals, virtues, and temptations of leadership

  • how public service is a moral and ethical enterprise

 

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Testimonials:


"This training made me realize the importance of proper planning and land use regulations to the quality of life of the city."

Lee Baliles, Councilman, City of Loganville

 

"Chrissy’s Planning and Zoning training was filled with takeaways for my work with the city: the value of maximizing your city’s strengths; examining its weaknesses and working toward your goals; stressing the use of the city’s comprehensive plan when making decisions regarding zoning; and learning to stick to the job and responsibilities in recommending zoning changes and conditions."

Jennifer Freeman, Planner, City of Griffin


Contact

Chrissy Marlowe

706.542.9528 or 706.202.6702

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