Seeking Leaders for CM Webinars

The Maryland, National Capital Area, Virginia and West Virginia Chapters of the American Planning Association, Maryland Department of Planning (DOP), Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA), Rural Planning Caucus of Virginia (RPC) and the Land Use and Sustainable Development Clinic at West Virginia University College of Law (WVU) are planning a series of webinars for November and December of 2020. Focused on land use planning issues, the webinars seek to appeal to a broad range of citizen planners and will qualify for CM credits for members of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). A stakeholder group has developed eight webinar topics and now seeks session leaders for those webinars.

Session leaders will develop the webinars and, at this time, are asked to develop a session description and identify possible panelists. The stakeholder group hopes to deliver the webinars in innovative ways that will create an interactive learning experience for participants. The committee contemplates that most of the webinars will involve a panel of discussion leaders, ideally representing different states and regions in the area.

If you are interested in serving as a session leader, please Email Jesse Richardson at jesse.richardson@mail.wvu.edu no later than July 3, 2020, and give your name, position and contact information, as well as the session that you wish to help develop. If you are interested in multiple sessions, please rank the sessions in order of preference. Contact Jesse or any other member of the stakeholder group with questions or if you need further information.

The session topics include:

  1. Broadband

  2. Better Public Engagement

  3. Land Use Law Update

  4. Basic Planning Tools for Planners

  5. Ethics

  6. Legal Issues with Utility Scale Solar

  7. Equity planning

  8. Sign ordinances

The Stakeholder Committee members are:


This endeavor is largely born out of the need to continue to offer Certificate Maintenance (CM) and citizen planner training opportunities under social distancing constraints. Additionally, many planning units have had their travel and training resources cut dramatically because of the COVID-19 economic impact and the resultant reduction of revenues experienced by local and state governments.

This is also a tremendous opportunity to look at collaborative opportunities and means of delivering quality education to professional and lay planners in the region.

posted on 06-22-2020 by Dougherty

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