New UNC School of Government Training for Boards, Small Town Planners, and CZOs
Do you need training for your land use boards? Do you need some help crafting a land use plan for your small town or county? Do you need to become a Certified Zoning Official? The UNC School of Government has several options beginning in August!
Board Workshops. School of Government zoning board workshops are back—virtually! In August and September we are offering remote board workshops on the procedures and considerations of land use decisions. One offering is focused on legislative zoning decisions (rezonings and zoning text amendments) with a target audience of planning boards and governing boards. The other offering is focused on quasi-judicial decisions (variances, special use permits, certificates of appropriateness) and geared toward boards of adjustment, preservation commissions, and planning or governing boards that make quasi-judicial decisions.
Quasi-Judicial Workshop: August 24 or September 13 (attend one) 1:00-4:30
Legislative Board Workshop: August 26 and September 14 (attend one) 1:00-4:30
Learn more and register here: https://www.sog.unc.edu/courses/regional-board-workshops-planning-and-development-regulation
PlanNC Workshop. If a North Carolina community has zoning, it must have an up-to-date comprehensive or land use plan by July 2022. While many communities already have plans (or have the resources to craft plans), some communities may need a boost. This workshop is intended to provide that boost for planners and related staff in North Carolina communities that are tighter on planning resources. The workshop, along with the related PlanNC Guidebook, introduces a seven-step process for preparing impactful and streamlined community land use plans.
The workshop consists of a core program in two half-day sessions that presents the seven steps, provides examples, and facilitates group discussion. In addition, participants are encouraged to attend a bonus module that includes one half day on project management and meeting facilitation, and a second half day on low-cost mapping using QGIS open-source software.
Learning and assistance go beyond the workshop sessions. Participants are invited to join planning-focused monthly calls through fall 2021 and winter 2022 to support an ongoing planning process.
Registration: $240 for the Core Workshop and $100 for the 2 add-on days
Core Workshop: 1:00-5:00, August 31 & September 2 (attend both days)
Recommended Add-Ons: 1:00-5:00, September 7 & 9 (attend both days)
Learn more and register here: https://www.sog.unc.edu/courses/plannc-workshops
Planning and Development Regulation Course (CZO Preparation). The School of Government has streamlined the coursework leading up to the Zoning Certification Exam. The newly configured Planning and Development Regulation Course is offered remotely over three sessions in the fall (attend all three sessions), leading up to the CZO exam.
Learn more and register here: https://www.sog.unc.edu/courses/planning-and-development-regulation
NTIA Grant Program Webinars
In June 2021, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) hosted six webinars informing attendees about the Broadband Infrastructure Program, Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program, and Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program. Applications for the Broadband Infrastructure Program and Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program remain open on Grants.gov. For more information, potential applicants should visit NTIA's website to register for upcoming webinars or to view past webinars.
Our Town Placemaking Grants Program
The National Endowment for the Arts’ creative placemaking Our Town grant program supports projects that integrate arts, culture, and design into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. Projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. Grants range from $25,000 to $150,000. All grants require a nonfederal cost share/match. Initial applications due August 5.