Course offers behind-the-scenes look at city planning

Denver residents can get an inside look at how city planning works this fall when Denver Community Planning and Development holds its second Citizens' Planning Academy.


Hosted in partnership with Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation, the free, three-part Citizens' Planning Academy curriculum will give 30 participants insight into the key aspects of citywide plans, neighborhood plans and zoning. 


The academy will be held three weeknights this fall on dates that are yet to be determined. For additional information or to apply, visit The application deadline is Aug. 19.


Courses will be jointly taught by city planners, neighborhood representatives and industry professionals, with interactive activities and group discussions. They will cover:


  • Citywide Planning: How does a city of more than 650,000 set a vision for its future? Learn how to identify and prioritize transportation and land-use strategies to build sustainable and well-connected communities citywide.
  • Neighborhood Planning: What are your neighborhood's best features? What would make it healthier, more livable and better connected? Learn how neighbors have worked together to identify what character-defining features to preserve and enhance, while opening doors for appropriate reinvestment to keep their area vibrant.
  • Zoning: Zoning can help translate a community's brad vision into sticks and bricks. Learn about Denver's context- and form-based code and how it strives to improve the health, safety, prosperity and quality of life for all of Denver. Learn helpful tips about how to use the code, including online tools available at
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