Foundations in Planning and Development Regulation

WEATHER ADVISORY:
We are closely monitoring Hurricane Dorian's path. We still plan to hold this course. If things change, we will post here on the course website and notify all registrants via email. We are also working on ways to make this course available to those who might not be able to attend due to the weather. 

 

This two-day course provides a basic introduction to planning and development regulation offered annually in the fall.

This course is intended for planning and zoning staff, practitioners and staff in related areas, and interested citizen board members. For some staff members, this course alone may be sufficient, while for others, this will serve as the initial class in a multi-course curriculum. 

This course is a pre-requisite to the following courses: Zoning Practice, Subdivision Practice, and Zoning Officials Certification. Completion of Introduction to Zoning in North Carolina or Introduction to Planning in North Carolina prior to 2013 satisfies this pre-requisite. 

All of the intermediate and advanced courses presume that the participants have a level of knowledge and competencies commensurate with participation in the Foundations course. 

General Course Content 

  • Context for planning and regulation [1 hour]
  • Governance [2 hours]
    • Local and state government organization
    • Jurisdiction for planning and development regulation
    • Public records and open meetings
  • Planning [2 hours]
    • Types of plans (comprehensive, strategic, functional, others)
    • Process of plan making (studies, public engagement, role of boards)
    • The comprehensive plan
    • Relation of plans to regulations
  • Zoning [3.5 hours]
    • Basic framework (use and evolution, types of districts, use regulations, types of standards)
    • Basics of legislative and quasi-judicial decisions (types of decisions, process requirements)
    • Basics of ordinance administration (processing applications, interpretations, inspections, enforcement)
    • Introduction to legal limits (Constitutional and statutory restrictions)
    • Other development regulations (floodplain, historic district, sedimentation, etc.)
  • Subdivision [2 hours]
    • Basic framework (definition, exemptions, process for review)
    • Exactions
    • Growth management options

Local Government Federal Credit Union offers scholarships to local government employees to apply toward tuition for conferences, classes, and seminars offered by the School of Government. There are four deadlines to submit applications:

  • March 1 (for courses starting between April 1 and June 30)
  • June 1 (for courses starting between July 1 and September 30)
  • September 1 (for courses starting between October 1 and December 31)
  • December 1 (for courses starting between January 1 and March 31)

Additional information

Textbook Provided:  Introduction to Zoning and Development Regulation

Prerequisites: This course is the intro course and does not have a pre-requsite.

This course is a pre-requisite to the following 3 courses: Zoning, Planning , and Subdivision Practice. After completing Foundations in Planning and Development Regulation you can attend the other courses. You can register for the later courses for the purposes of registering and planning, but need to have completed Foundations before attending the later courses.

 *If you completed "Introduction to Zoning in North Carolina" prior to 2012, or "Introduction to Planning in North Carolina prior to 2013," these satisfy the Foundations requirement for the Certification and other courses. These courses were phased out in 2013.

Hotel Information 2019

Holiday Inn Express

Foundations in Planning & Development

September 4-6, 2019

A block of rooms has been set up at the newly renovated Holiday Inn Express Chapel Hill with a rate of $94.00. The rate includes a full deluxe hot breakfast and Wi-Fi. To reserve a room online please click the link 

Foundation in Planning & Development

To reserve a room by phone call the hotel at 919-489-7555 and provide the name Group Code "FPD”. To receive the discounted rate reservations must be made no later than August 16, 2019.

Hampton Inn & Suites Chapel Hill

Foundations in Planning & Development

September 4-6, 2019

A block of rooms has been set up at the Hampton Inn & Suites Chapel Hill with a rate of $94.00. The rate includes a full deluxe hot breakfast and Wi-Fi. To reserve a room online visit chapelhillsuites.hamptoninn.com and use Group Code “FP1”. To reserve a room by phone call the hotel at

 919-403-8700, press 0 and provide the

 Group Name “Foundations in Planning & Development". To receive the discounted rate reservations must be made no later than August 16, 2019.

 

There currently are no scheduled offerings of this course.

 

Electronic Materials: We are now utilizing Sakai, a secure online site accessible to registrants only. You will receive instructions via email on how create your account and log on this site prior to the program date. You will then be able to access this site 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 necessary 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 all registration questions, resetting passwords, or login issues please contact:

Dale Zuckert

Assistant Registrar, Registration and Client Services Group
919.966.4414
For questions regarding course details, including location, schedule, materials, and continuing education credits, please contact:

Carla Stowe

Program Manager, Local and State Government Group
919.843.8176
David Owens
Gladys Hall Coates Professor of Public Law and Government