Community Involvement and Communication in Planning

Planners use zoning plans, spatial data, and population projections to design land use plans and revitalize physical spaces. Planners decisions can have important and long-lasting impacts on many people. Municipal planners often confront conflict, often about deeply controversial issues.  Elected officials, civil servants and professional experts have long played an important role in how these decisions are made, but advocacy organizations, civil society groups and individual activists have become increasingly effective at influencing decision-making in the public sphere. This means that the role of planners is often to determine how diverse groups of people can effectively make decisions about the places and spaces they seek to improve? This course teaches students how to design and implement participatory planning processes in a democratic context.
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Online class

Section Notes

This is an online, remote learning course, which consists of 20 hours of content and curriculum that is taught with pre-recorded lectures as well as at least one mandatory live Zoom session with the instructor(s). Pre-recorded lectures and live sessions are accessed via our Canvas learning system and Zoom. This course is the same length as a standard 3 day, in-person course, please be sure to plan your schedule accordingly. 

This course is open May 13 – June 7, 2024, with live sessions on May 16, May 23 and May 30 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM PST.

Attendance of the live sessions is mandatory to receive credit for this course.  

We allow registration through the 12:00 PM PST (noon) on the first day of the course. We cannot extend course access beyond 11:59 PM on last day of class, so students pursuing a late enrollment acknowledge that they will have less time to complete the materials. Please contact the course representative with any questions.  

Refund Deadline: May 6, 2024.  Refunds and/or enrollment transfers will not be approved after this date. 

Enrollment Policies

Drop requests (withdraw with a refund) will be approved, less a $30 processing fee, if the request is by refund deadline. Click here to view complete enrollment policy information including details on withdrawals and transfers.

Refund Deadline: May 6, 2024.  Refunds and/or enrollment transfers will not be approved after this date. 



Members can receive 10% discount on the course fee by entering the Coupon Code.  If you don’t have your association discount code, contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services at (800) 752-0881.

Info Session Discount

Attendees of UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Information Sessions may be eligible for $100 discount on a class by entering the Coupon Code provided at the Information Session.  Contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services office, at (800) 752-0881, if you have questions about this discount.