Planning Practice

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Planning Practice
UNC-School of Government
400 South Rd.
CB #3330 Knapp Sanders Bldg
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
November 17 - 19, 2015
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The Local Government Federal Credit Union offers scholarships to local government employees to apply towards tuition for conferences, classes, and seminars offered by the School of Government. There are three deadlines to submit applications: April 1, August 1, and December 1.
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Course participants who cancel their registration on or before November 02, 2015 will receive a full refund. Those who cancel on or before November 09, 2015 will receive a full refund, less a $25 cancellation fee. No refund will be made for cancellations made after November 09, 2015. All cancellations must be submitted in writing, as outlined in the School’s cancellation policy.

North Carolina’s metropolitan regions are dealing with a population boom and infrastructure constraints. Meanwhile, many of our rural and small town communities are looking for new opportunities for growth.  Regardless of the context, planning is critical for the success of our communities and our local governments. 

Planning Practice is a 3-day intermediate course that equips local planners and related professionals with the tools and knowledge for better community planning in North Carolina. Topics include current issues in land use planning, new approaches to citizen engagement, planning resources and technology, and a hands-on community design activity. This course is offered annually in the fall. 

This course is intended primarily for intermediate planning staff with responsibilities for preparing comprehensive and land use plans and for administering long-range planning programs. 

General Course Content

  • History of Planning in North Carolina
  • North Carolina Growth Trends
  • Growth Management Tools
  • Planning Data and Research
  • Citizen Engagement
  • Comprehensive Plans
  • Current Topics in Planning
  • Downtown Revitalization
  • Suburban Redevelopment
  • Traditional Neighborhood Development
  • Community Design
  • Plan Implementation
Public Officials - Local and State Government Roles
Topics - Local and State Government
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Prerequisites: Foundations in Planning and Development Regulation, Introduction to Planning in North Carolina prior to 2013, or special permission of the course administrator.

This course is offered periodically.

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Electronic Materials: We are now utilizing Sakai, a secure online site accessible to registrants only. You will receive instructions via email on how to log on this site around November 3rd. You will be able to access this site 1-2 weeks before class and print materials and bring copies with you if you choose. Or you may bring your computer or other device to access materials online during class. It is not neccessary for you to have printed materials for class. You will also find your parking pass, the room number, agenda and timeline for the course on Sakai. 

For questions regarding course details, please contact the program manager.
For questions regarding course content, please contact the faculty coordinator.
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