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Mural of the Yakima Valley in Toppenish, WA

A Short Course on Local Planning

Washington Cities logoWashington Cities - Education and TrainingWashington Cities Insurance Authority is proud to partner with the Washington State Department of Commerce (COM), The Planning Association of Washington (PAW), American Planning Association-WA Chapter (APA), Risk Management Service Agency (RMSA), and Association of Washington Cities (AWC) to sponsor the following course at no charge:

A Short Course on Local Planning

Date and Location
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Best Western Plus
911 Vintage Valley Parkway
Zillah, WA 98953
6:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
Course Fees: FREE

Audience: Planning Commissioners, Local Government Staff, Elected Officials, and Community Members

Please register by sending an email with your name, organization, title (if applicable) and the location of the short course you wish to attend to or by leaving the same information at 360.725.6034. Registration is not required, but helps for planning purposes; all will be welcome at the event.

The Legal Basis of Planning in Washington
The statutory basis of planning in Washington State, and early planning statutes. Constitutional issues in land use planning.

Comprehensive Planning Basics
What is planning and why is it important? Overview of the Growth Management Act requirements for local planning. Ideas and tools for implementing and updating the comprehensive plan.

Roles and Responsibilities in the Planning Process
Roles and responsibilities in the planning process. Legislative vs. quasi-judicial decisions, tips for encouraging public involvement, best practices for effective meetings.

Open Government Laws
Open Public Meetings Act and Introduction to the Public Records Act. This training meets the requirements of RCW 42.30.205 requiring every member of a governing body to take Open Public Meetings Act training within 90 days of taking an official role, and every four years thereafter, as long as they remain in that role. Attendees will receive a certificate of training.

See All Upcoming in Person Courses and Video Options on the Short Course web page at: Agendas and presentations for past courses will be on the website for the calendar year.