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.

Short Courses on Local Planning in 2018

Medina Short Course
Medina City Hall
501 Evergreen Point Road, Medina, WA 98039
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
6:15 – 9:15 p.m.
Anacortes Short Course
Anacortes City Hall
Q Avenue and Sixth Street, Anacortes, WA 98221
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
6:15 – 9:15 p.m.
Dayton Short Course
Youth Building, Columbia County Fairgrounds, Dayton, WA
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
6:15 – 9:15 p.m.
Lakewood Short Course
City Hall Council Chambers
6000 Main Street, Lakewood, WA 98499
Thursday, September 27, 2018
6:15 p.m. – 9:15 pm
Spokane Short Course
DoubleTree by Hilton
Spokane City Center
Hosted by the Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
6:15 – 9:15 p.m.
Wenatchee Short Course
At the 2018 IACC Conference
Wenatchee Conference Center
121 N. Wenatchee Avenue, Wenatchee, WA 98801
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
6:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Gig Harbor Special Short Course on Affordable Housing
Gig Harbor City Council Chambers
3510 Grandview St
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Monday, November 5, 2018
6:15 – 9:15 p.m.
Cle Elum Short Course
Cle Elum City Hall Council Chambers
119 West First Street, Cle Elum, WA 98922
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
6:15 – 9:15 p.m.

Please register at least 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 or by leaving the same information at 360.725.3064.

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.

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

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