Planning Practice

November 12-14, 2014


Scholarships available: See the scholarship section below for opportunities through the LGFCU

This is a three day intermediate course investigating planning authority, topics, and processes, including comprehensive planning, growth management strategies, and planning technology. This course content is comparable to the topics covered in the former Introduction to Planning. This course is offered annually in the fall. 

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

General Course Content

  • Governance and Levels of Planning 
    • State, MPO, regional, county, city, neighborhood
  • Types and Functions
    • Statutory requirements
    • Comprehensive, neighborhood, and small area plans
    • Functional plans (capital improvement, transportation, solid waste, recreation, housing, etc.)
  • Plan Implementation
    • Crafting a development regulation ordinance
    • Relation to public investments
  • Planners Toolbox
    • Planning process and participation
    • Working with consultants (RFPs, etc.)
    • Resources for planners (data, maps, etc.)
    • Planning technology
  • Topics in Planning
    • Growth management techniques
    • Case study/field visit
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 

Course Materials: 

All course materials will be provided electronically below one week prior to class. The Link will be password protected. You will receive the password with your reminder email 1 week prior to class. You may print the materials and bring copies with you, 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. 

Helpful Links: 

Parking Information Link

Area Hotel Information

Agenda Link will posted when it becomes available

Additional Information: 

Approximately one week prior to class, the person registered will receive a reminder email with course information, the password to access the course materials, and an electronic parking pass link. Please also check your spam/junk folders becuase the email contains a link, it could end up there.  If you do not receive an email one week prior to class and it is not in your junk/spam folder, please contact with an alternate email to send the information.


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.