Community Planning Academy

Community Planning Academy

The Community Planning Academy (CPA) is a free educational program accessible to any resident who is interested in learning more about the role planning plays in building communities.

CPA's program is an annual six-week course that provides an introduction to community planning, transportation, zoning and the development process.

CPA's goal is to empower residents with a better understanding of community planning so they can effectively engage in planning efforts both in their neighborhood and the city.

​The Community Planning Academy is for anyone who cares about their community! Whether you've been involved in your neighborhood for years or you're a new resident – if you want to make a difference in your community CPA is for you. 

CPA offers residents a greater understanding of the role planning plays in building communities, and empowers them with the knowledge of how and when residents can be involved in planning processes.

Through presentations, group discussions, and interactive activities participants will learn:

  • What planning is; what it can and cannot do.
  • How plans are developed and put into action.
  • How you can be involved in future planning efforts.  

Participants will also have the opportunity to make connections and build relationships with both Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning staff and other residents from across the city.

The 2018 Community Planning Academy will consist of 6 classes, beginning in September and running through November 2018 (see below for a list of class dates). Classes will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. The program is open to all residents but the class size will be limited to 30 seats. Admissions will be based on including a mix of residents from diverse backgrounds, from different neighborhoods, and with a range of planning experience.  Applications will open July 2018. Sign up below to receive a notification when admissions are open.

2018 Class Dates:

  • September 11th
  • September 25th
  • October 9th
  • October 23rd
  • November 6th
  • November 20th
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​2017 Community Planning Academy Syllabus

Class Handouts:

September 13, 2017

  • What is zoning?
  • Rezoning 101
  • How to effectively participate in the rezoning process

August 1, 2017

  • What is community character?
  • Historic preservation at the national, state, and local level
  • Charlotte Historic Districts Commission


July 12, 2017

  • What is urban design?
  • Top 10 urban design elements
  • Charlotte Placemaking Hub


June 6, 2017

  • Who’s responsible for transportation planning?
  • Our transportation legacy
  • Today’s transportation policies

May 2, 2017

  • Charlotte’s vision for the future
  • What is community planning?
  • How to be effective in the planning process

April 4, 2017

  • What is Planning?
  • Why is Planning important?
  • Brief history of the Planning profession





For more information regarding Community Planning Academy
Please contact:
Julia Lund
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department
600 East Fourth Street (8th Floor)
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202