Citizens Planning Academy

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 course designed to help Greenville residents, business owners, and neighborhood leaders understand processes that drive local planning and land use policy decisions as well as the roles and perspectives of diverse stakeholders. City of Greenville and/or Greenville County residents who are motivated to become more informed, effective, and influential participants in local land use planning and policy decision-making are encouraged to apply. Participants 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 processes for your community.


Fall 2021 hybrid SERIES

The Citizens Planning Academy is a course designed to help Greenville, SC residents, business owners, neighborhood leaders, and other citizen stakeholders understand processes that drive local planning and land use policy decisions as well as the roles and perspectives of diverse stakeholders. Apply now!

City of Greenville and/or Greenville County residents who are motivated to become more informed, effective, and influential participants in local land use planning and policy decision-making are encouraged to apply.

The Fall 2021 Citizens Planning Academy will encompass seven lunch-and-learn sessions in a hybrid format of three in-person sessions and four virtual sessions. The hybrid format with in-person and virtual sessions is designed to optimize convenience while also providing opportunities for networking and interactive learning.

Fall 2021 Schedule

• Wednesday, Sept. 15 - Kick-off Lunch/Session #1, 12:00 - 1:00 pm (In-person*)
• Wednesday, Sept. 22 - Session #2, 12:00 - 1:00 pm (Virtual)
• Wednesday, Sept. 29 - Session #3, 12:00 - 1:00 pm (Virtual)
• Wednesday, Oct. 6 -  Session #4, 12:00 - 1:00 pm (Virtual)
• Wednesday, Oct. 13 - Hands-on Learning & Lunch/Session #5, 12:00 - 1:00 pm (In-person*)
• Wednesday, Oct. 20 - Session #6, 12:00 - 1:00 pm (Virtual)
• Wednesday, Oct. 27 - Lunch/Session #7, 12:00 - 1:00 pm (In-person*)

*Participants are encouraged to arrive for in-person sessions as early as 11:30 am to engage in informal conversation and networking with fellow participants. All participants should plan to arrive and be seated for the formal session which will begin promptly at 12:00 pm and end at 1:00 pm.

Participation this fall is free but requires a firm commitment to attend all in-person and virtual sessions. Internet access to support video and audio participation during virtual sessions is required. Enrollment is by invitation based on selection committee review and evaluation of applications submitted online by Wednesday, August 25 at 11:59 pm.

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Please click here to apply for the Fall 2021 Citizens Planning Academy. Online applications will be accepted until Wednesday, August 25 at 11:59 pm. Apply now!

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