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 4-session 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 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 processes for your community.

Fall 2019 Series

The Fall 2019 Citizens Planning Academy features 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.

Fall 2019 Sessions/Presentations: 

Wednesday, October 9 — 5:30 - 8:00 pm,   The Big Picture: Introduction to Local Community Planning
Wednesday, October 16 — 5:30 - 8:00 pm,
Wednesday, October 23 — 5:30 - 8:00 pm,
Wednesday, October 30 — 5:30 - 8:00 pm,


2020 Academies 

We are planning two Citizens Planning Academies in 2020, one in the spring and another in the fall. Look for our application process for the 2020 Spring Citizens Planning Academy to be announced early next year.





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