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Session Preview: 2015 Planning Commissioners Academy

January 14, 2015
Attendees at this year’s conference may find it difficult to choose between all of the innovative and current sessions.
 
There are a number of relevant sessions for attendees this year so take the time to start planning which sessions will be a priority. Take a look at this preview of sessions and keep your eye out for more leading up to the conference.
 
This year’s Planning Commissioners Academy will be held from Wednesday, March 4 to Friday, March 6 at the Fairmont Newport Beach. Register online and select Planning Commissioners Academy. Registration must be received by Tuesday, Feb. 3. After this date all registration must be completed on site.
 
NEW PLANNING COMMISSIONERS TRACK:
  • How Do I Get Affordable Housing Built in My City?
In early 2015, most cities have completed their updates to the housing element. This tip-laden session provides real world application to help planning commissioners defend and approve affordable housing in the face of neighborhood opposition.
 
ADVANCED PLANNING STAFF AND COMMISSIONERS TRACK:
  • Can Your Findings Withstand a Legal Challenge and Can Your Conditions of Approval Be Implemented?
Your project is approved. The opponents are considering a legal challenge and your findings may not have the supporting facts to stand up in court. Your conditions of approval are difficult to understand, let alone implement. How can you avoid this situation? Review examples and discuss ways to document your project approval with substantial evidence and develop conditions of approval that can be implemented.
 
JOINT – NEW PLANNING COMMISSIONERS/ADVANCED PLANNING STAFF AND COMMISSIONERS:
  • Do Planners & Commissioners Have a Role in Wildfire Planning?
Whether you’re a Planning Commissioner or Planning staff, this session describes the impacts of wildfire planning on the planning framework (departments, code, technical, design). Discuss how solutions are found in good planning that involve local and state fire agencies working proactively together with Planners.
 
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