[ApaIllinois] Upcoming Citizen Planner Workshops

Paula Freeze, APA-IL Editor editor at ilapa.org
Wed Aug 24 10:55:17 CDT 2011


Citizen Planner Workshops

Learn from the professionals…learn from your peers

In downstate Illinois, citizen planners—volunteers or local city/county staff trained in other disciplines—outnumber professional planners. For several years, the annual Citizen Planner Workshop has helped train members of planning commissions and zoning boards in legal requirements and best practices, answering questions such as these:

What are the best ways to organize, staff and operate a planning commission or zoning board in a smaller community?
What legal pitfalls should concern citizen planners and how should these pitfalls be avoided?
What are the latest trends/challenges in community planning?
Professional planners and other experts lead each workshop and share knowledge and experience through a well-organized, in depth series of presentations. Resources available to citizen planners are also identified and explained. And, each Citizen Planner Workshop is also a great opportunity to meet peers from other communities and share ideas! 

Look for information coming soon in the mail, at APA-IL website www.ilapa.org or the Boone County website www.boonecountyil.org with details of these upcoming workshops:

September 14—Champaign—Region 3

October 13—East Peoria—Region 2

November 5—Belvidere—Region 1--Northern Illinois ***

November 9—Collinsville—Region 5
November 18—Bloomington—Region 3
*** The Region One workshop will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2011 in Belvidere, IL at the Belvidere Township Office, 8200 Fairgrounds Road from 8:00 am to 11:30 am. Citizen Planners in Northern Illinois are invited to attend. Michael Blue, FAICP and Laurie Marston, AICP will be the presenters. Call Kathy Miller at 815 544-5271 or Wayne Dust at 815 987-5636 for more information.

Michael Blue, FAICP is the Director of Community Development for the City of Highland Park, Illinois and has been since 2002. The department serves as the staff for nine City Commissions that address a wide range of issues including development, housing, historic preservation, cultural arts and the city’s natural environment. Mr. Blue has been actively involved in the local and national leadership of the American Planning Association and is currently the Planning Officials Development Officer for the Illinois Chapter of the APA.
Laurie Marston is a Senior Economic Development Planner for Valerie S. Kretchner and Associates of Evanston, Illinois with over thirty years of experience as a municipal planner and economic development consultant. She has experience in comprehensive planning, site plan review, fiscal impact analysis, economic development strategies and transit-oriented development. Ms Marston is a member of the American Planning Association, Lambda Alpha land economics honorary society and has served on the Evanston Plan Commission.

The American Planning Association--Illinois Chapter is your Illinois source for networking and professional development in the field of urban planning.
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