A Short Course on Local Planning

The Short Course on Local Planning is a three-hour workshop covering:

  • An overview of the complex mix of land use planning laws that work together to support land-use decision-making in Washington state;
  • An introduction to comprehensive planning and plan implementation under the Growth Management Act;
  • A review of the roles in planning and best practices for public participation; and
  • Mandatory training on the Open Public Meetings Act for local government officials.
    All courses are offered at no charge and are open to the public.

    2017 Short Courses on Local Planning

    Bucoda Short Course
    Bucoda Community Center
    101A East 7th Street, Bucoda, WA 98520
    Thursday, September 21, 2017, 6:15 pm - 9:15 pm
    SeaTac Short Course
    American Planning Association (APA) Conference
    Hilton Seattle Airport Inn & Conf. Center
    17620 International Boulevard, Seattle, WA 98188
    Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 6:15 pm - 9:15 pm
    Spokane Valley Short Course
    Spokane Valley Cith Hall
    10210 East Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley, WA 99206
    Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Sultan Short Course
    City Council Chambers
    319 Main Street
    Sultan, WA 98294
    Wednesday, October 11, 2017 6:15 pm - 9:15 pm
    Battle Ground Short Course
    Battleground City Council Chambers
    109 SW 1st Street, Battle Ground, WA 98604
    Wednesday, October 18, 2017 6:15 pm - 9:15 pm
    Wenatchee Short Course in conjunction with the IACC conference
    Session held at the 2017 Infrastructure Assistance Coordinating Council (IACC) Conference Wenatchee Conference Center
    121 N. Wenatchee Ave., Wenatchee, WA 98801
    Tuesday, October 24, 2017 6:15 pm - 9:15 pm

    PLEASE REGISTER: Register one week prior to the course, by sending an email with your name, organization and title (if applicable) and the location of the short course you wish to attend to shortcourse@commerce.wa.gov or by leaving the same information at 360.725.3064.

    FOR AGENDAS: Upcoming Short Course agendas and handouts from past courses are located in the Box Short Course feature on the right side of this page in a folder listed by location.

    HOST/SCHEDULE: Please contact Anne Fritzel if you wish to arrange a Short Course for your community.

    For Agendas of upcoming Short Courses and handouts from past Short Courses please search in the Short Course Documents Box on this page.

    READ: The Guidebook

    WATCH: The Videos

    New Basic Short Course Videos
    Introduction to the Short Course. 5 minutes
    Comprehensive Planning Basics. 11 minutes
    Implementing Your Plan. 10 minutes
    Updating Your Plan. 10 minutes
    Washington's Legal Framework for Land Use Planning. 7 minutes
    Constitutional Issues and Other Protections. 8 minutes
    Roles and Responsibilities in Planning. 7 minutes
    Public Participation and Effective Meetings. 7 minutes
    Open Public Meetings Act. 27 minutes     OPMA Certificate
    Appearance of Fairness Doctrine. 17 minutes

    Short Course Video Study Guide
    Get credit for taking the Short Course!

    A Basic Short Course on Local Planning - Recorded at Marysville, 1/25/2012
    Short Course 1: Basic Introduction. 4 minutes
    Short Course 2: Legal Presentation. 78 minutes
    Short Course 3: Comprehensive Planning. 28 minutes
    Short Course 4: Planning Roles and Citizen Participation. 42 minutes

    Special Topic Short Course Videos

    Infill Development for Small Cities - Recorded at Tumwater City Hall, 5/28/2014
    Infill Development 1: Infill Development and the Big Picture. 21 minutes
    Infill Development 2: Regulatory Tools for Infill Development. 31 minutes
    Infill Development 3: Incentives for Infill Development. 31 minutes
    Infill Development 4: Local Examples of Infill Planning and Development from the Cities of Olympia, Tumwater, and Lacey. 51 minutes
    Infill Development 5: Local Infill Development Projects. 18 minutes

    Sustainable Development
    - Recorded at Lacey City Hall, 11/12/2013
    Sustainable Development 1: An introduction to the short course and the reasons planning for sustainable communities is important. 20 minutes
    Sustainable Development 2: An overview of the development of the Sustainable Thurston regional plan    including presentations from local government officials and other entities on implementing the plan. 74 minutes
    Sustainable Development 3: Examples from two cities on their plans for sustainability. This segment features speakers from Mountlake Terrace and Redmond. 38 minutes

    Economic Development - Recorded at Fife Dacca Barn, 03/14/2013
    Economic Development 1: An introduction to the short course. 2 minutes
    Economic Development 2: Innovative ideas for economic development. 41 minutes
    Economic Development 3: Legal primer on planning and development in Washington. 43 minutes
    Economic Development 4: The New Economy and implications for community planning. 30 minutes

    Urban Forestry - Recorded at Western Washington University, 11/28/2012
    Urban Forestry 1: An introduction to the short course. 4 minutes
    Urban Forestry 2: The process and basics of comprehensive planning. 19 minutes
    Urban Forestry 3: Benefits of trees, current regulations, and programs. 35 minutes
    Urban Forestry 4: Installation, maintenance, and program management. 41 minutes
    Urban Forestry 5: Integrating urban forestry with comprehensive planning. 11 minutes

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    Senior Planner

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