Community Planning Academy

While every community is unique, the elected officials, planning staff, and appointed or “citizen” planners who keep them running serve similar functions no matter the jurisdiction. ARC’s Community Planning Academy (CPA) offers high-quality, cost-effective training to help these planners and decision makers guide their communities to the future they desire.

Upcoming Courses

Housing 101Date TBD – Fall 2021

Training for Planning OfficialsDates TBD – Fall 2021

As the signature annual offering of the Community Planning Academy, the Training for Planning Officials provides valuable knowledge, resources, and tools that give planning commission members and others involved in the planning process confidence in making educated, effective decisions to help shape their community. Attendees will learn the history and legal foundations of planning and zoning; take a deep dive into the creation and implementation of a comprehensive plan; and engage in interactive modules that teach them how to incorporate best practices in their own communities in the areas of meeting management, preparation, and leadership. Sessions will also expose participants to the role of planning in areas such as land use; urban design; transportation; natural resources; equity; resiliency; housing; and arts and culture.

Past Courses

Economic Development 101: June 22, 2021

ARC’s Community Planning Academy is pleased to offer Economic Development 101, a foundational training designed to assist planners and community stakeholders alike with their understanding of economic development.

The success of planning and economic development go hand-in-hand. By exploring goals, tools, and activities related to economic development, we’ll find common ground and opportunities to better connect planning and economic development efforts.

Economic Development 101

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