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City to Launch Longmont Planning Academy

September 16, 2018

Longmont's Prospect neighborhood is known for its distinctive architecture.

Longmont next month will launch a new Planning Academy providing an in-depth look at the city’s planning process and how it shapes the community.

The four-week course, which will meet on Thursday nights Oct. 18 to Nov. 8, is intended “to assist participants in becoming more effective and informed advocates for Longmont’s planning efforts and to encourage positive, ongoing engagement in the planning process,” principal planner Erin Fosdick wrote in a memo to city council

Specific topics are still being created but generally are expected to include an overview of citywide and neighborhood planning; Envision Longmont, the city’s long-range comprehensive plan for growth, development and multimodal transportation systems; demographic trends; zoning code; the development review process, and the process of deciding whether proposed projects get approved.

Planning Academy participants will come away with information they can use to “confidently participate in future city of Longmont planning efforts;” to identify best practices in planning; to understand the city’s development review process, and to “educate other community members about planning in Longmont,” Fosdick said.

More information about the academy, including a link to apply, is available at tinyurl.com/yb87539w . Applications are being accepted through Sept. 30. More information also is available by calling the Planning and Development Services Department at 303-651-8330 or emailing longmontplanning@longmontcolorado.gov.

Contact Staff Writer John Fryar at 303-684-5211 or jfryar@times-call.com or twitter.com/jfryartc

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