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APA-IL Plan Commissioner Training comes to Homer Glen

Updated: Nov 4, 2021

On January 16, 2020 the Village of Homer Glen hosted a training workshop for their Plan Commission. Since the program began in 2011, the Illinois Chapter of APA and the Chaddick Institute at DePaul University have provided over 100 training sessions. Eleven people, including six members of the Plan Commission, two Trustees and three staff members, attended the workshop. Marty Scott, AICP and Emily Egan, AICP were the trainers for the session.

At the conclusion of the workshop, the attendees completed an anonymous evaluation form. They listed the following as the most helpful topics from the session:

  • Comp Plan

  • Annexations

  • Zoning

  • PUD, variances, special uses

  • Ethics

  • Legal issues

  • Responsibilities and roles of the Commission

One commissioner suggested that a future session cover how to read the ordinances, as often the language is difficult for lay people. Another commented that all of it was very helpful since they were new to the Commission.

Thank you to the Village of Homer Glen for inviting us to train your plan commissioners.


Plan Commissioner Training News & Notes:

Save-the-date for Plan Commissioner Training at the 2020 APA-IL State Conference!

We're excited to hold our 2020 State Conference in Rosemont, IL at the Crowne Plaza, September 16-18, 2020. This conference is our once-a-year opportunity for urban planners and allied professionals to learn about the latest trends in Illinois planning and network with their peers.

There will be a special, all-day plan commissioner training held at the 2020 State Conference on September 17, 2020. This training is great for commissioners that have and have not been through our evening training. We welcome entire commissions and boards or just the one or two commissioners. The training is split into a morning of general information, a networking lunch with fellow commissioners and trainers, an afternoon session to put your knowledge to the test, followed by an evening cocktail hour.

Plan commissioners are able to attend at discounted rates, just $75 for 1-day, $150 for 2 days, or attend all 3 days of the conference for only $200.

Registration will be opening in just a few months. Now is the time to save-the-date!

Want to know how we can customize training for your officials?

Visit the Plan Commissioner Training website and contact the APA-IL Planning Officials Development Officer, Michael Blue, FAICP at

(photos by Vijay Gadde, AICP)


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