Planning and Development Regulation

The 2022 offering of Planning and Development Regulation will be offered in a hybrid format. Sessions 1 and 2 will be held remotely with Zoom sessions and self-paced remote work. Session 3 will be held in-person at the UNC School of Government in Chapel Hill, NC. This course encompasses topics from our courses previously known as "Foundations in Development Regulation," "Zoning Practices" and "Zoning Official Certification" including: Development Ordinances, Statutory Authority, Constitutional Limits, Quasi-judicial Procedures, Annexation and Extraterritorial Jurisdiction, Comprehensive Planning, Land Development Permitting, Permitting Authority, Site Plan and Subdivision Review, Development Standards, Development Exactions and Growth Management, Development Regulations, Inspections and Enforcement, Interpreting the Ordinance, Liability, Conflicts and Open Governance.

Session 1: Development Ordinances - September, 19-23 2022 
ONLINE 

Addressing the legal framework for planning and development regulations in North Carolina, this course covers statutory authority, constitutional limits, and rules for decision-making such as quasi-judicial procedures. Additionally, this course covers jurisdictional topics such as annexation and extraterritorial jurisdiction as well as comprehensive planning.    

Detailed Agenda (TBA) 

Session 2: Plans, Plats & Permits - October 10-14 2022
ONLINE

Addressing the policies and practices of land development permitting, this course covers permitting authority, site plan and subdivision review, and development standards. Additionally, this course covers development exactions and growth management.  

Detailed Agenda (TBA)

Session 3: Land Use Administration and CZO Exam - November 9-11 2022
IN-PERSON (at the School of Government, Chapel Hill, NC)

Addressing the legal and practical considerations of administering development regulations, this course covers inspections and enforcement, interpreting the ordinance, and other duties of the zoning officer. Additionally, this course covers liability, conflicts, and open governance obligations. 

Detailed Agenda (TBA)  

For reference: 

PDR 1 Agenda (2021)
PDR 2 Agenda (2021)
PDR 3 Agenda (2021)

2022 agendas coming soon!

Format: The courses will be a mix of online class time via Zoom videoconference (synchronous class meetings) and prework including videos, reading, and reflection (asynchronous assignments). We will also meetin in-person November 9-11 in Chapel Hill. The class assignments and class meetings will be spread across three weeks. For example, live sessions may be offered Tuesday morning and Thursday morning each week, with students completing relevant videos and assignments in between class sessions. Connection and equipment needs: Participants will need stable internet connection, access to Zoom (the desktop application is prefered), and video capabilities. 

Pre-Requisites: While some experience is helpful for general knowledge of the topics and success in the course, there are no pre-requisites to take the PDR series. 

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

Certification:  Students who complete all sessions can take the Zoning Official Certification exam at the conclusion. 

CZO Certification: For more information regarding criteria and maintenance for CZO certification, visit NCAZO.org.

CZO Certification Manual-click here

Planning and Development Regulation Resource Site: The Site focuses on planning and land use law issues within the state of North Carolina. The resourse 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

Join the NCPlan Listserv: You may also wish to sign up for the NCPlan Listserv where you can see related emails and post questions to your peers. Link to sign up: SOG Listservs

CONTINUING EDUCATION: This course is approved with the American Planning Association for AICP credits. Click HERE for more information. You can self-report your hours using THIS FORM.

  • Chapel Hill, NC
    This course is also available online.
    September 19 - November 11, 2022
    UNC School of Government
    400 South Rd.
    Chapel Hill, NC 27514
    View Scholarship Information

    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)
    View Cancellation Policy
    Course participants who cancel their registration on or before September 11, 2022 will receive a full refund. No refund will be made for cancellations on or after September 12, 2022, but you will receive a transferrable credit to be used within 12 months. Click here to view the School’s full cancellation and refund policy.
    View Hotel Information

    We have arranged a special rate of $129 per night at the Courtyard Marriott in Chapel Hill for Session 3.

    Please click THIS LINK to reserve your room. 

    Courtyard Chapel Hill
    100 Marriott Way
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    27517

    View Additional Information

    Session 1: Sept 19-23 (online, via Zoom) 

    Session 2: October 10-14 (online, via Zoom)

    Session 3: November 9-11 (in-person, Chapel Hill)

    $1,275.00
    Registration and payment for this course grants access for a single attendee. In order to register a group of attendees, please register each person individually. If you have questions, please contact our registration office at registration@sog.unc.edu or 919.966.4414.

2022 Fee: $1275

Please take the questionnaire below to see if you qualify for any scholarships. Please note that some deadlines for scholarships may fall outside of the registration dates of this course. 

 

 
 

All course materials, including pre-work, the exam and logistical details are provided in Canvas, a learning management system. Please click the link below for detailed instrucitons on setting up your Canvas account. If you've already set up an account for this or for another School of Government course, click HERE to log in to Canvas. 


Canvas Log In Instructions


Registrants will receive the following textbooks via mail:

Quasi-Judicial HandbookDavid Owens and Adam Lovelady

Land Subdivision Regulation in NCAdam Lovelady

Intro to Zoning and Development RegulationDavid Owens

 

For reference: 

PDR 1 Agenda (2021)

PDR 2 Agenda (2021)

PDR 3 Agenda (2021)

2022 agendas coming soon!

 

 

 

For all registration questions, resetting passwords, or login issues please contact:

Dale Zuckert

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

Alycia Inserra

Director of Programming, Law and Finance Group
919.843.7736
Assistant Professor of Public Law and Government