The Citizens’ Planning Academy is a dynamic and interactive program intended to provide residents with a background in the fundamentals of city planning. Future members of City Council, boards and commissions, along with neighborhood leaders and active citizens enroll to learn more about the nuts and bolts of city planning and engage in lively discussions about how city planning helps to shape our community.
The approach is simple. At each session, respected local professionals – land use planners, designers, attorneys and others – speak with participants about a specific topic. We will cover how a community creates a vision, the purpose of zoning and subdivision regulations, the challenges of site planning for infill development, the importance of planning for a range of transportation options, and other interesting hot topics.
Following each scheduled presentation, time is set aside for questions and answers. The Citizens’ Planning Academy will not advocate particular solutions; rather this will be an opportunity to dig a little deeper into the topic of the day and to hear more about the different perspectives on a specific issue.
At the end of the Citizens’ Planning Academy, participants will have gained a better understanding of the legal aspects of planning, will understand how the city planning process works, and will have had the chance to be a part of a dialogue between residents and the City about Lakewood’s future. At the final session, participants will get a chance to play a part in a mock public hearing — always a highlight for the Academy!
Participants have been selected from the submitted applications and classes have begun!