Planning and Development Regulation

Board Trainings in Planning and Development Regulation Available Online and In-Person

Equip your development review board to be more efficient and effective with a new series of in-person and online trainings created especially for boards making development decisions. Learn the basics of planning and zoning law, how to make defensible decisions (and avoid lawsuits), and how to make the best decisions for communities.


Are you looking for training on a specific planning and zoning subject? Access a library of self-paced training modules at your convenience with 20–30-minute web-based sessions, each on a particular topic of development regulation.

View a Sample: Curious about the on-demand training, but not sure what it is? Check out a sample trailer from the Vested Rights training. You may also view the introductory module without charge. Click here to view "Introduction to Land Use Decisions."

Fee: $325 per local government for the library of 14 sessions or $65 each. Access the materials as often as needed through December 31, 2016.

Purchase: Click here to purchase access to the entire library of training sessions or single sessions.

NCLM Note: Members of the NC League of Municipalities Risk Management Pool, Property & Liability may access the library through their membership. Contact Brenda Rich for assistance at brich@nclm.org.



The School of Government offers regional half-day workshops across the state each spring for planning boards, boards of adjustment, and other citizen boards engaged in development regulation.

Audience: Boards making or advising on land development regulation decisions, including governing boards, planning boards, boards of adjustment, and preservation commissions, as well as planning and zoning staff.

Credit: AICP (3 hours; 1.5 legal), CZO (3 hours), and CLG (3 hours) (typically, may variy annually).

Registration: To register online or for more information, a link will appear here as each annual program becomes available..

Fee: $55 per person (typical)

Access materials for typical past board workshops:

 Board workshops are coordinated in conjunction with American Planning Association-North Carolina Chapter and other local or regional partners