Planning Practice

November 12-14, 2014

Fall 2015 dates will be posted spring 2015



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
Faculty coordinator

Local Government Federal Credit Union 
These scholarships will cover all or part of the tuition for any SOG course, seminar or workshop. Scholarship applicants must be members of the LGFCU.

The LGFCU offers this program to help nurture the career development of its members who are employed in local government in North Carolina. Awards are made three times each year, or until funds are expended. Applications are accepted throughout the year, with deadlines of April 1, August 1, and December 1—so when considering courses and scholarships, advance planning is helpful.

For information and a copy of the application, click here, then click on the SOG Scholarship tab.


3 days


Course Location: 

UNC School of Government 
400 South Rd (Knapp Sanders Building)
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Main Phone Number- 919-966-5381 

**New Information on Course Materials**

We are now utilizing Sakai; an online site accessible to registrants only. You will receive instructions from me on how to log on this site about 2 weeks prior to class. (make sure you check your spam/junk folders). If you do not receive this email from me by October 31st, contact me for troubleshooting. Please note that I will be out of the office November 5-7. I will address any issues you have during that time when I'm back in the office that Monday. 

You will find your parking pass, the classroom number, agenda and timeline for the course on the Sakai site. 

Helpful Links: 

Parking Information Link

Area Hotel Information

Draft Agenda  -class start/end times will remain unchanged 



Foundations in Planning and Development Regulation, Introduction to Planning in North Carolina prior to 2013, or special permission of the course administrator.

Online information

We have a resource website that focuses on planning and land use law issues within the state of North Carolina. This website contains links to external resource sites, recent blogs, hot topics, the new Bill List for 2013, a link to sign up for the NCPlan Listserv, publications and course information. 

Click this link: NC Planning

Program Manager
Cancellation policy

Course participants who cancel their registration on or before October 29, 2014 will receive a full refund. Those who cancel on or before November 5, 2014 will receive a full refund, less a $25 cancellation fee. No refund will be made for cancellations made after November 5, 2014. All cancellations must be submitted in writing, as outlined in the School's cancellation policy.