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UNC School of Government

Planning Practice

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About the course

Check back for 2016 dates North Carolina’s metropolitan regions are dealing with a population boom and infrastructure constraints. Meanwhile, many of our rural and small town communities are looking for new opportunities for growth. Regardless of the context, planning is critical for the success of our communities and our local governments.

Planning Practice is a 3-day intermediate course that equips local planners and related professionals with the tools and knowledge for better community planning in North Carolina. Topics include current issues in land use planning, new approaches to citizen engagement, planning resources and technology, and a hands-on community design activity. This course is offered annually in the fall.

This course is intended primarily for intermediate planning staff with responsibilities for preparing comprehensive and land use plans and for administering long-range planning programs.

*General Course Content

  • History of Planning in North Carolina
  • North Carolina Growth Trends
  • Growth Management Tools
  • Planning Data and Research
  • Citizen Engagement
  • Comprehensive Plans
  • Current Topics in Planning
  • Downtown Revitalization
  • Suburban Redevelopment
  • Traditional Neighborhood Development
  • Community Design
  • Plan Implementation

Topics - Local and State Government

  • Planning and Development Regulation

Who should attend

  • Public Officials - Local and State Government Roles
  • Planning and Zoning Professionals

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Adam Lovelady

Adam Lovelady’s work focuses on land use law and local planning. He teaches, researches, and advises on topics of zoning, land subdivision, transportation, renewable energy, and historic preservation. He joined the School of Government in 2012 and was named Albert and Gladys Hall Coates Distingui...

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