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
Anne Miller, David Morley, Darcie White, and Erin Fosdick
1 hour
Why Planners are Critical to Achieving Resilience
Andrew Rumbach
1 hour and 23 minutes

Chairing and Participating in Public Meetings
Gerald Dahl
20 minutes

Planning for Hazards
Anne Miller &, Tareq Wafaie
42 minutes

Integrating Hazards into the Comprehensive Plan
Logan Sand, Tareq Wafaie, Rachel Bacon &, Karen Berchtold
58 minutes
Board of Adjustment Workshop - March 22, 2018
Tim Cox, Michow, Cox &, McAskin, LLP. and City Attorney of Lakewood
Additional Online Training Resources
Planetizen Courses
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.