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.

Dates for the next Community Planning Academy have not been scheduled. If you’re interested in participating in a future class please sign-up below to receive a notification when admissions are open.

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For more information regarding Community Planning Academy
Please contact:
Catherine Mahoney
Planning, Design & Development
600 East Fourth Street (8th Floor)
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202