A Short Course on Local Planning
The Short Course is an opportunity for planning commissioners, local government staff, elected officials, and community members to learn about our state's legal framework planning, comprehensive planning and community development processes, and public involvement in the planning process.

  • Please register at least one week prior by sending an email to shortcourse@commerce.wa.gov with your name, organization, title (if applicable) and the location of the course you would like attend
  • Or by leaving the same information at 360-725-3064

Short Course Agenda:

The Legal Basis of Planning in Washington

The statutory basis of planning in Washington State, and early planning statutes. Constitutional issues in land use planning.

Comprehensive Planning Basics

An overview of the Growth Management Act requirements for local planning. Ideas ad tools for implementing and updating the comprehensive plan.

Roles and Responsibilities

Roles and responsibilities in the planning process. Legislative vs quasi-judicial decisions, tips for encouraging public involvement, best practices for effective meetings.


Open Government Laws

Open Public Meetings Act and Introduction to the Public Records Act.*

*This training meets the requirements of RCW 42.30.205 requiring every member of a governing body to take Open Public Meeting Act training within 90 days of taking on an official role, and every four years thereafter, as long as they remain in that role. Attendees will receive a certificate of training





This course is currently being offered on 09/17/2019, 09/19/2019.