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Academy Information

Lakewood’s popular Citizens’ Planning Academy (CPA) is a dynamic and interactive program intended to provide residents with the fundamentals of city planning.


The CPA is tailored to the interests of residents, neighborhood leaders, and future members of City Council and its appointed boards and commissions. This program provides an opportunity to learn about the city planning process and to participate in lively discussions about how city planning helps shape our community. Sessions are led by non-partisan planning experts who present on a variety of planning topics.


The Academy does not advocate particular solutions; rather it is an opportunity to dig a little deeper into the topic of the day and to hear more about the different perspectives on a specific issue. The CPA seeks to provide information about city planning and is not intended to address the City’s position on any particular topic or project.


By the end of the program, participants have gained a better understanding of the legal aspects of planning and how the city planning process works. They will also have engaged in a meaningful dialogue between residents and the City about Lakewood’s future. And, participants create a fictional project that is presented in front of a mock Planning Commission which is always a highlight for the Academy!


The Citizens’ Planning Academy, sponsored by the Lakewood Planning Department, is made up of six sessions that begin in early August and continue through late October. The program is open to anyone who is interested in learning about city planning and the sign-up typically begins in late summer. For more information, please contact Diana Brown-Evens.

Class Schedule

Session 1 - Introduction/Zoning & Subdivision

Session 2 - Community Visioning

Session 3 - Legal Issues

Session 4 - Site Planning Exercise

Session 5 - Transportation & Land Use Planning

Session 6 - Mock Public Hearing & Graduation