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City of Effingham Hosts Plan Commissioner Training for Multiple Municipalities on 10/5/23

On October 5, 2023, APA-IL conducted a Plan Commissioner Training session in the City of Effingham. Nearly 30 Commissioners and Officials from the central Illinois communities of Effingham, Teutopolis, and Dieterich joined in the conversation and training.

Attendees and presenters had a lively discussion about the roles and responsibilities of various parties involved in the land use planning process. In particular, attendees asked great questions about the acceptable forms of public comment for hearings and the importance of separating facts from public emotions and opinions.

Stephanie Brown, AICP, of Chastain & Associates and Ben LeRoy of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign led the training on behalf of APA-IL. Many thanks to Greg Koester for arranging the training.


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 Credit: Greg Koester, City of Effingham


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