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11/17/22 Citizen Planner Training, St. Louis Metro Area

As is the APA-IL Illinois State Section Region 5's (St. Louis Metro area) annual tradition, we are again holding our Citizen Planners training event this year! Please mark your calendars and let your commissioners, boards, staff, aldermen and city council members know about this event, which will be in-person for the first time since October 2019!


Date: Thursday November 17, 2022


Location: Collinsville Gateway Convention Center, 1 Gateway Center Drive, Collinsville, IL 62234


Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Cost: FREE


Email APA-ISS Region 5 Coordinator, Scott Hansen, AICP to RSVP: shanson@cmtengr.com


Scott will take RSVPs all the way up to 4pm on Thursday November 17th. You can RSVP on behalf of your additional citizen planners who will be attending as well.

Program Agenda

6:00 pm – Introductions


6:10 pm to 6:50 pm: Citizen Planners training – Overview of the “Essential Tools of Planning”

  • Enabling Acts

  • Comprehensive Plans

  • Land Use Controls

  • Zoning / Land Development / Stormwater / Code Enforcement

  • Role of the Planning Commissioner

7:00 pm – Roundtable discussion – “So You Thought It Would be a 10 Minute Meeting … But the Hearing Room is Full!”

  • 3 Experienced P&Z Chairs from the Metro East will participate in a lively Q&A discussion on their recommended best practices on:

    • Running an effective meeting

    • Establishing Rules of Order

    • Being Fair and Open-Minded

    • Navigating Controversy and Setting Ground Rules on Appropriate Behavior

    • When to Abstain

    • APA Ethical Principles in Planning

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