Georgia Department of Community Affairs Holding Community Planning Institute March 9-10

From a recent Georgia Dept. of Community Affairs (DCA) email announcement:

Community Planning Institute: Planning and Zoning


A two-day training program in planning concepts and procedures conducted by prominent planning and legal professionals.

Course completion provides participants a “Certificate of Achievement” granted by the Georgia Planning Association (GPA) and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA).  Sessions include:

  • The Role of the Planning Commissioner – The role of the Planning Commissioner in working with your community’s citizens and governing body to define and implement the community’s vision for the future.
  • Components of the Comprehensive Plan – A look at what makes up your community’s comprehensive plan.
  • The Good, the Bad and the Legal – Covers the importance of the comprehensive plan as a legal basis for decision-making as well as the latest legal issues in planning and zoning.
  • Implementation Tools – Discusses regulatory and non-regulatory tools available to local governments to implement the comprehensive plan.
  • How to Use Your Plan Effectively – How to use your plan to make effective decisions, showcasing the Newton County experience.
  • Cypress County – A hands-on exercise that allows participants to discuss and work through real-world type planning decisions.


March 9 and 10, 2012

8:30 a.m. Friday through 4:00 p.m. Saturday


The Center for Community Preservation and Planning

2104 Washington Street, Covington, Georgia 30014


Who should attend?

Planning Commissioners; Zoning Board of Appeals members; other Citizen Planners and Planning Officials; Government Planning Staff and Elected Officials


To register, visit:

$100 per person registration fee includes:

  • Continental breakfast Friday and Saturday mornings
  • Beverages and snack break Friday and Saturday

You may be eligible for a $100 scholarship from the GA Planning Memorial Foundation.  For scholarship information visit:

For more information please contact


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