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.

Spring 2020 Series

Look for our application process for the 2020 Spring Citizens Planning Academy to be announced in late 2019. 


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,  Introduction to Urban Design, Community Character, & Equity in PlanningAARP Conduct a Do it Yourself Community Walk Audit, and AARP What is Livable? Community Preferences of Older Adults 
Wednesday, October 23 — 5:30 - 8:00 pm, ZONING A Story of Bad Neighbors, Incompatibility, Separation, and ReunionSouth Carolina Local Government Comprehensive Planning Enabling Act of 1994SC Planning Enabling Act CHAPTER 7 Planning by Local Governments
Wednesday, October 30 — 5:30 - 8:00 pm, Panel Discussion: Perspectives and Roles in Local Planning ProcessesMock Planning Commission: Rezoning and Subdivision Applications



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