Academy Information

The Citizens’ Planning Academy is a dynamic and interactive program intended to provide residents with a background in the fundamentals of city planning. Future members of City Council, boards and commissions, along with neighborhood leaders and active citizens enroll to learn more about the nuts and bolts of city planning and engage in lively discussions about how city planning helps to shape our community.

The approach is simple. At each session, respected local professionals – land use planners, designers, attorneys and others – speak with participants about a specific topic. We will cover how a community creates a vision, the purpose of zoning and subdivision regulations, the challenges of site planning for infill development, the importance of planning for a range of transportation options, and other interesting hot topics.

Following each scheduled presentation, time is set aside for questions and answers. The Citizens’ Planning Academy will not advocate particular solutions; rather this will be 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.

At the end of the Citizens’ Planning Academy, participants will have gained a better understanding of the legal aspects of planning, will understand how the city planning process works, and will have had the chance to be a part of a dialogue between residents and the City about Lakewood’s future. At the final session, participants will get a chance to play a part in a mock public hearing — always a highlight for the Academy!

Class Schedule Info

Participants are selected from the submitted applications and will be notified on August 19, 2014 if they are selected to participate.


Classes are held on alternating Thursdays, from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the City of Lakewood Municipal Center, 480 S. Allison Parkway, South Building, 2nd floor Employee Relations Conference Room.


Session #  




  September 4th   Introduction to Planning & Community Vision


  September 18th   Zoning and Subdivision


  September 25th   Transportation Planning


  October 9th   Hands-On Site Planning Exercise


  October 23rd   Legal Issues


  October 30th   Graduation and Mock Hearing



CPA Site Plan Exercise 1CPA Site Plan Exercise 2CPA Site Plan Exercise 3