Entering its 20th year in 2023, the Planning and Zoning Chancellor’s Certificate has educated hundreds of members of the St. Louis planning community. Fundamentals of Planning and Zoning is taught by a team of senior practitioners, who have extensive knowledge and experience in local government planning in Missouri, Illinois and across the nation. Course modules cover planning practices, processes and topics that are crucial for local government success.
The Certificate consists of seven modules that include lecture and discussion. You will earn a noncredit UMSL Chancellor’s Certificate in Fundamentals of Planning & Zoning by completing six of the seven modules.
When: Thursdays Oct. 19 – Dec. 7, 2023 (no class Nov. 23) | 6-9 p.m.Where: UMSL 103 Benton Hall - One Unversity Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63121
This program is designed for:
You may register for the full course (seven modules) or take individual modules of your choice.
Scholarships: The Public Policy Administration (PPA) Program at the University of Missouri, St. Louis (UMSL) is providing two full scholarships for this program. In order to qualify, at least 50% of census tracts in the jurisdiction the applicant represents must be designated as low/mod income. To apply, please email your name, position, and jurisdiction that you represent to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: UMSL P&Z Scholarship. The application deadline is October 5.
Instructors: Course instructors are professional, practicing planners in the St. Louis region and members of the American Planning Association–St. Louis Metropolitan Section as well as the national and state APA.
Partnership: Offered by UMSL Public Policy Administration, East-West Gateway Council of Governments, and the American Planning Association–St. Louis Metropolitan Section.
Please note, registration is limited, so don't delay registering.
Module 1 | Planning and Placemaking: Developing and Maintaining Healthy, Sustainable Communities | Oct. 19
Why is good planning important to the future of the St. Louis region? This session will illustrate the impact of planning and zoning decisions made at the municipal and county levels on developing and maintaining healthy, sustainable communities. It will demonstrate the importance of creating a sense of place and will explore the history of planning and emerging planning trends. Following the presentation from the instructor, there will be a Q&A panel featuring planners with diverse perspectives on the profession.
Instructor: Matt Wetli, AICP, principal, Development Strategies
Panelists: Miriam Keller, AICP, city planning executive for general planning & design, City of St. Louis | Paul Hubbman, sr. manager of corridor and long-range planning, East-West Gateway | Carlos Trejo, AICP, director of planning & community development, City of Olivette| Jennifer Allen, co-director, St. Louis Art Place Initiative
Module 2 | Developing a Comprehensive Plan | Oct. 26
Learn about the major components of the comprehensive plan including the requirements of state statutes and local ordinances. Understand the comprehensive planning process, the steps for developing a comprehensive plan, the commission’s responsibilities, and how they vary from city to city. Learn about the inclusion of historic and other types of special districts.
Instructor: Jess Henry, AICP, project manager, Rise STL | Scott Hanson, AICP, city planning executive for neighborhood planning, City of St. Louis | Jonathan Roper, AICP, city planning executive for neighborhood planning, City of St. Louis
Module 3 | Zoning | Nov 2
Review the basics of zoning structure, format and process. Learn about updating and drafting effective and unified zoning codes, the plan/code relationship and administering exceptions. Other topics include best practices when writing zoning codes, code regulation of commercial and residential development, legal limitations to sign regulations, and governmental roles and responsibilities in zoning.
Instructor: Paul Langdon, AICP, vice president of development, Covington Realty Partners
Module 4 | Site Plan Review | Nov. 9
Understand the implications of different site plan/preliminary plat choices and the variables that have an impact on development. Plan review can bring maximum benefit to a community's transportation, engineering, economics, environment and visual appearance. Examples of site plans, preliminary plats and record plats will be provided and discussed.
Instructors: Charles Senzee, planning manager, City of Wentzville, | John Boyer, assistant director of community development, City of St. Charles
Module 5 | Ethics and Effective Public Hearings | Nov. 16
Address ethical considerations in the duties of commissioners, elected officials and staff, including conflicts of interest and responsibility to the community and petitioners. Learn about the appropriate role and conduct of commissioners, staff and attorneys in maintaining objectivity and decorum in public hearings and meetings. Discuss fact-finding and conflict resolution.
Instructor: Jason Jaggi, AICP, director of community development, City of Creve Coeur | Michael Zeek, AICP, director of community development, City of Maryland Heights
No Class - Nov. 23, Thanksgiving Holiday
Module 6 | Legalities of Planning and Zoning | Nov. 30
Learn about legal aspects of government planning and zoning. Gain practical insight on: adoption and use of planning and zoning tools (building/development, subdivision and zoning), statutory and constitutional limitations on land use authority, ethical considerations for those making regulatory decisions, and the procedures involved in zoning decisions, hearings and appeals.
Instructor: Dan Vogel, founding shareholder, Cunningham, Vogel & Rost, PC | Tayleur Blaylock, associate attorney, Cunningham, Vogel & Rost, PC
Module 7 | Implementing a Comprehensive Plan | Dec 7
Discover how a municipality, village or county can use a comprehensive plan as a tool to manage and guide land use in the community, and how the plan is implemented with zoning and other ordinances to create the community that was envisioned in development of the plan.
Instructors: Stephen Ibendahl, principal, i5 Group | David Bookless, director of community development, City of Arnold
Attn: P&Z Course
Registration informationumsl.edu/go/pzcertor call (314) 516-8419
The University reserves the right to cancel any program. In the event of cancellation,you will be notified immediately, and all program fees will be refunded or applied toa future program at your request. If you must cancel a registration, you are entitledto a full refund only if you cancel 5 days prior to the first class meeting/entire course or theindividual module for which you are registered.
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