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Plan Commissioner Training Comes Back to the Town of Corland 8/5/21

Updated: Jan 7, 2022

The Town of Cortland held a Plan Commissioner training workshop on Aug 5, 2021, led by APA-IL Commissioner Training Committee Chair, Michael Blue, FAICP. This was the second Training held for the Town. The first training was in November 2018. The group included 4 commissioners, the Village Clerk and Administrator. The Town wanted to focus discussion on how to manage public hearings.

As with many smaller communities, the commission noted that they don’t have a lot of hearings and wanted to be sure they were doing them as well as possible. They described that most of the hearings seem to either be 1s (no big deal) or 10s (filled with concerned citizens). After covering the background elements of the training, the group had a thorough discussion on how to manage difficult meetings. Truth be told, the Town already had a good handle on running and managing meetings (including a great handout describing the flow of the meeting for attendees).

Participants said the session was a good review of the process and provided a few new hearing management tools to try.

It was all helpful - even in review. -- Town of Cortland training attendee

Plan Commissioner Training News & Notes:

Save-the-Date for the 2021 APA-IL State Conference!

We're excited to be "Back to Normal" for our 2021 State Conference in beautiful Normal, IL at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, October 6-7, 2021 and then virtually on October 8, 2021.

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.

Each year we host our state conference, we offer the opportunity for plan commissioners to attend training. This training is great for commissioners that have and have not been through our evening training. Plan commissioners are able to attend at discounted rates.

Please stay tuned for more information!

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


Written by: Michael Blue, FAICP

Image Credit: Town of Cortland Logo:


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