The Community Development Office provides technical assistance and training services to communities through a series of workshops and recorded webinars related to land use planning, economic development, and sustainable community development.
Planning Commissioner Training
The Community Development Office provides planning refresher trainings to a limited number of municipalities and counties locally by request. These Planning Refresher sessions provide a general overview for planning commissioners and elected boards, this brief workshop is helpful for both new and long-time officials. The agenda can be tailored to fit your specific needs, but typically includes the following elements:
Planning Authority &, Enabling Legislation
The Role of the Planning Commission in Relation to Elected Officials and Staff
Long Range Planning &, Implementation Tools
Effective Meetings and the Decision Making Process
Legal and Ethical Review (ex parte contacts, conflicts of interest, etc.)
The session usually takes 2 hours depending on the agenda. Please contact Anne Miller with any questions or to request a Planning Refresher workshop in your area.
Economic Development &, Downtown Revitalization
See the Main Street Resources page for details.
Webinars and Trainings
The Community Development Office has a series of recorded webinars on land use and community planning topics.
- Community Development Office Webinars
2018 Planning for Hazards Webinar Series
Logan Sand (DOLA)Anne Miller, David Morley, Darcie White, and Erin Fosdick1 hour
1 hour and 23 minutes
Chairing and Participating in Public Meetings
Planning for Hazards
Anne Miller &, Tareq Wafaie
Integrating Hazards into the Comprehensive Plan
Logan Sand, Tareq Wafaie, Rachel Bacon &, Karen Berchtold
58 minutesBoard of Adjustment Workshop - March 22, 2018
Tim Cox, Michow, Cox &, McAskin, LLP. and City Attorney of Lakewood
- Additional Online Training Resources
Planetizen offers a wealth of online planning and community development training topics to choose from. If you want to round out your planning knowledge, this is a good place to start.