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Chicago Ridge Planning Commission / Zoning Board of Appeals holds training on 8/24/23

On August 24, 2023, Chicago Ridge’s Planning Commission/Zoning Board of Appeals received training from Jason Berry, AICP of the Village of Lemont, and Tom Farace, AICP, of the Village of Carol Stream. The commissioners were highly engaged, and shared their experiences while asking pertinent questions regarding public hearing procedures, interaction with members of the public, and working with elected officials.

Special thanks to Karen Schmidt with Chicago Ridge for organizing the session.


All-day Plan Commissioner Training available at the 2023 APA-IL State Conference!

We're excited to be back in Naperville, IL September 11-13, 2023 for our 2023 State Conference. The Conference is also an opportunity for plan commissioners to attend an all-day training. This year's all-day Plan Commissioner Training will be held on September 13th. This training is great for commissioners that have and have not been through our evening training. The training is split into a morning of general information, a networking lunch with fellow commissioners and trainers, and an afternoon session.

New this year, our afternoon session will start with a short walking tour to examine the sites discussed during the morning session, up close and personal. This walking tour will provide the opportunity for you to see how the ideas put on paper become a reality. The walk will be within 1-2 blocks of the Naperville Municipal Center. After the walk, attendees will return to the Naperville Municipal Center and participate in a mock hearing. Topics will include typical items that occur during a public hearing and how best to handle the process. Commissioners will be asked to volunteer to read a script and play the parts, such as developer, attorney, engineer, architect, planner, neighbor. At several points, the audience will be asked to apply their knowledge from the morning session. We will discuss whether certain things could have been handled in a different manner so the commissioners will learn about best practices for conducting a hearing. 2 CM will be offered for planners that would like to attend this afternoon session. All planning officials, boards, and commissions are welcome.

Plan Commissioners pay just $75 for the day or $200 for all 3 days of the conference.

Trainers will include:

  • Tom Farace, AICP, Village of Carol Stream

  • Greg Jones, AICP Ancel Glink

  • Megan Mack, Ancel Glink


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

Visit the Plan Commissioner Training website to learn more and contact the APA-IL Planning Officials Development Officer, Tom Farace, AICP at


Photo by Tom Farace, AICP, Village of Carol Stream; APA-IL's Planning Officials Development Officer

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