Apply for the Spring Citizens Planning Academy

January 3rd, 2020

Have you ever wondered how things get built in Greenville? Would you like to understand the role of the planning commission and city council in Greenville’s planning processes? Do you want to know how and why we should plan for future development that is 5, 10, or 15 years away?

Upstate Forever’s Citizens Planning Academy is an interactive 4-week course designed to help Greenville residents, business owners, and neighborhood leaders become more effective and influential participants in City of Greenville planning and land use policy efforts.

Participants in this 4-week course — dates and details below — will learn about a variety of planning and development topics, such as the history of planning, how development projects come together, and how to get involved in planning issues in your community. The course will also feature both formal presentations and interactive group exercises. Presenters and speakers include City staff, professional planners, and other built environment professionals, such as architects, developers, and builders.


Attendance is required at each of the four weekly sessions:

Wednesday, March 4 — 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Wednesday, March 11 — 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Wednesday, March 18 — 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Wednesday, March 25 — 5:30 – 8:00 pm

The cost to participate in the Citizens Planning Academy is $35. Details about payment and location will be shared upon acceptance. If this cost is prohibitive, a limited number of scholarships are available.


Click here or visit to apply.

If you would prefer to complete a paper application, download the application here and email completed form to Land Policy Manager Sherry Barrett at or mail to:

Upstate Forever
Attn. Sherry Barrett
507 Pettigru Street
Greenville, SC 29601

Applications for the Spring 2020 Citizens Planning Academy must be received by 11:59 pm on Sunday, February 2.

Invitations will be extended beginning February 12 to applicants selected to enroll in the Spring 2020 Citizens Planning Academy.


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