Planning and Zoning Board Member Training
Planning and zoning board members and others can get equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to effectively and ethically carry out their responsibilities with this customized instruction. Dealing effectively with land use issues, which often evoke controversy and legal challenges, can have a significant impact on your city or county's future. Participants in this training cover the fundamentals of planning and zoning, with topics ranging from zoning hearings to service delivery strategies to effective public meetings management.
Specialized training is offered to appointed board members through the Regional Development Center or through individual city or county governments. In most cases, it is possible to customize a part of the instructional program to fit your local government's unique needs.
- Appointed planning commissioners
- Zoning board of appeals members
- Historic preservation board members
- Other local government review boards, commissions, and authorities that make land use decisions and recommendations
Your group can attend a six-hour class to learn the basics of planning concepts and zoning regulations. You can also choose an optional additional half-day session, which digs deeper into particular topics of interest to your community. The half-day session can alternatively be a facilitated session that helps your group determine its planning goals and objectives.
- One-day training - $1900 for up to 20 participants, $95 for each additional participant
- One-day training plus half-day session - only $2600 for up to 20 participants, $95 for each additional participant
If you have any trouble filling a class of 20, contact nearby cities & counties near you for co-hosting and cost-sharing opportunities.
- Conducting zoning hearings
- Special use permits
- Non-conforming uses
- Standard practices in land-use due process
- Service delivery strategies
- Requirements of the Georgia Planning Act
- Differences between variances and rezonings
- Requirements of the Zoning Procedures Law
- Effective management of public meetings
- Robert's Rules of Order and procedures
- Responsibilities of the planning commission
- Responsibilities of the zoning board of appeals
- Other land-use boards and commissions
- The role of the planning staff
- Interaction with the development community and special interests
- Board member ethics and conflicts of interest
- "Smart Growth"
- Being an ambassador for your board in the community