Citizens Planning Academy

In 2009 the Board of Commissioners directed planning staff to develop a training program for citizens aspiring to serve on the Planning Board. The commissioners saw a need to provide such an educational opportunity in order to reduce the learning curve of newly appointed Planning Board members as well as to expose citizens to the requirements and expectations of the position.

The first Planning Board Academy was assembled in 2011 and comprised of seated Planning Board and Board of Commissioners, as well as select citizens. The initial academy proved to be beneficial and rewarding and, as a result, the Board of Commissioners elected to fund and continue the Academy on an annual basis.

In 2019, the Planning Board Academy was renamed the Citizens Planning Academy (CPA). The Citizens Planning Academy is now less about statutory requirements related to Planning and serving on the Planning Board. The new purpose of the CPA is designed to educate residents of Wake Forest and its extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) about the Town’s planning processes and practices. The topics will have an with emphasis on public hearings procedures, legislative and quasi-judicial decisions, the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), Transportation Planning, Historic Preservation, Architectural Review, and more.


Purpose

The Citizens Planning Academy is designed to educate residents of Wake Forest and its extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) about the Town’s planning processes and practices. The topics will have an with emphasis on public hearings procedures, legislative and quasi-judicial decisions, the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), Transportation Planning, Historic Preservation, Architectural Review, and more.

Sessions will be taught by the Planning Department staff and guest speakers.


2020 Citizens Planning Academy

Academy participants will be expected to attend a total of three training sessions over a six week period from April through May 2020, with an inclement weather make-up day in May if needed.

The sessions will be offered on every other Monday for a total of three sessions. Each session is two hours, starting at 6:30 pm and ending at 8:30 pm. Dinner will be served at each meeting starting at 6:00 p.m.

Session dates for 2020

  • April 13

  • April 27

  • May 11

  • May 18 (inclement weather make-up date)

Sessions will take place at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St., in downtown Wake Forest.


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***DEADLINE EXTENDED***
Applications are due by 5 pm on Friday, March 13, 2020.  Applicants to the Citizens Planning Academy will receive notification by March 20, 2020, if they have been accepted, waitlisted, or moved to the 2021 interest form.

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Eligibility Requirements 

All applicants must be residents within the corporate limits or the extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ) of the Town of Wake Forest.

Map of the Wake Forest ETJ

 

 

Citizens Planning Academy
Senior Planner - Development Services
919-435-9515