“A Short Course On Local Planning” Will Be 9/24

The Planning Association of Washington, The Washington State Department of Commerce and The Washington Cities Insurance Authority are sponsoring “A Short Course on Local Planning” at the City of Normanday Park’s Council Chambers on Thursday, Sept. 24th from 6:30pm-9:30pm.

Here are the details:

WHAT: “A Short Course on Local Planning”

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 24th from 6:30pm to 9:30pm

WHERE: City of Normandy Park Council Chambers – City Hall 801 SW 174th Street, Normandy Park, WA 98166


  • WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS: Anne Fritzel 6:40 – 7:40
  • THE LEGAL BASIS OF PLANNING IN WASHINGTON STATE: Phil Olbrechts; The statutory basis of planning in Washington State, Constitutional issues in land use planning, the Open Public Meetings Act, the Appearance of Fairness Doctrine, conflicts of interest, quasi-judicial and legislative functions of the planning commission, ex parte communications and how to deal with them, the conduct of meetings, the uses (and misuses) of email, and recent case law affecting land use planning.
  • 7:40 – 7:55 BREAK
  • 7:55 – 8:00: ANNOUNCEMENTS: Anne Fritzel 8:00 – 8:30
  • COMPREHENSIVE PLANNING BASICS: Roger Wagoner; An overview of the basic components of a comprehensive plan, including the goals of the plan, the basic elements which need to be addressed, the concepts of consistency and concurrency, and suggestions for involving citizens in the planning process.
  • 8:30 – 9:00 PLAN IMPLEMENTATION AND THE ROLE OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION: Michael Booth; The tools and techniques available for implementing the comprehensive plan, discussion of the role of the planning commission, how to develop good working relationships among the planning commission, elected officials, and planning staff, and suggestions for holding effective meetings and hearings.
  • 9:00 – 9:30 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS: Everyone

The evening will be Moderated by Anne Fritzel, AICP Senior Planner Growth Management Services Department of Commerce (PO Box 42525 906 Columbia St SW Olympia, WA 98504 (360) 725-3064) [email protected]; www.commerce.wa.gov/growth


  • Phil A. Olbrechts, Attorney at Law Ogden Murphy Wallace 1601 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2100 Seattle, WA 98101-1686 (206) 447-7000 [email protected]
  • Roger Wagoner, AIA, FAICP Director of Community Design BHC Consultants 1601 Fifth Avenue, Suite 500 Seattle, WA 98101 206.505.3400 [email protected]; www.bhcconsultants.com
  • Michael Booth, AICP Director of Environmental and Community Planning Perteet Inc. 2707 Colby Avenue, Suite 900 Everett, WA 98201 (425)252-7700 (800)615-9900; [email protected]; www.perteet.com


  • Please go to www.wciapool.org and click “training schedule.”
  • Click until you get to the month of the training, then click on the title of the training and click “sign up.”
  • First time registering online? Click “First Time Online Registration” and complete the Participant Form and create a user name and password to use to register for future trainings.
  • Registered before? Enter your personal user name and password
  • If you have any questions about registration, please contact Member Services Assistant, Maria Orozco at [email protected] and or 206-575-6046 ext. 241.
  • For a schedule of Short Course trainings please visit: http://www.commerce.wa.gov/site/395/default.aspx

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