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 Community Planning Event Open to Citizens, Officials

May 28, 2008 - Rolling Up Our Sleeves: The Nitty Gritty Work of Plan Commissions, a workshop for anyone interested or involved in community planning, will take place Tuesday, July 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. local time at the Indiana Farm Bureau building in downtown Indianapolis.

“Nitty Gritty is a great opportunity for local and state officials as well as interested citizens to make better decisions when creating master plans or doing planning and zoning,” said Bob Cherry, who handles industry relations activities for Indiana Farm Bureau. “The added knowledge from professionals who understand how the system works will be useful as participants make plans to change or maintain their communities.”

The one-day session covers the legal framework and tools and techniques associated with effective community planning. The curriculum includes sessions on the basic legal framework of planning, comprehensive planning, zoning, subdivision control and defensible decision-making. Participants also will have extensive opportunities throughout the day to pose real local issues for discussion.

Presenters will be K.K. Gerhart-Fritz, AICP, and Mark Spelbring. Gerhart-Fritz is principal and owner of The Planning Workshop. She regularly provides training to citizen planners around the state and is currently the chair of the Citizen Training Committee of the Indiana Planning Association. Spelbring is County Extension Director for Purdue Extension Parke County and has extensive experience and training on land use issues. He has been a member of two county plan commissions for 20 years and is a member of the Purdue Land Use Team.

For more information or to register, visit the IFB website at www.infarmbureau.org and click on Public Policy. To obtain a paper copy of the registration form, call 317-692-7812. Single registration is $70 per person. Local government officials will receive one free registration for every three paid registrations from their office, but each participant must fill out a separate registration form. The deadline to register is July 1.

The program is sponsored by Indiana Farm Bureau, IUPUI Center for Urban Policy and the Environment, Ball State University College of Architecture and Planning, the Indiana Planning Association, Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service and the Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtors (MIBOR).

 

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