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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.


Planning for 2022 is currently in progress. We'll post information here as soon as it is available!

Fall 2021 SERIES

The application window for the Fall 2021 Series has closed.

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. 

The Fall 2021 Citizens Planning Academy encompasses seven sessions in a hybrid schedule of in-person sessions (tentative) and four virtual sessions. The hybrid format is designed to optimize convenience while also providing opportunities for networking and interactive learning.

Fall 2021 Schedule

• Wednesday, Sept. 15 - Session #1, 12:00 - 1:00 pm (Converted from In-person* to Virtual)
• 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 - Session #5, 12:00 - 1:00 pm (Tentatively In-person*)
• Wednesday, Oct. 20 - Session #6, 12:00 - 1:00 pm (Virtual)
• Wednesday, Oct. 27 - Session #7, 12:00 - 1:00 pm (Tentatively In-person*)

*Upstate Forever is monitoring the current status of Covid-19. In-person sessions may be changed to virtual sessions based on precautions recommended.

Participation (by invitation for successful applicants) 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.


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