Community Planning Academy


What is the 2040 Planning Academy?
2040 Planning Academy, formerly known as Community Planning Academy, is a free educational program accessible to any resident who is interested in learning more about the role planning plays in building communities.

The program consists of 5 in-person sessions that provide an introduction to community planning, transportation, zoning, and the development process, historic preservation and urban design. The goal of the program is to empower residents with a better understanding of planning so they can effectively engage in planning efforts both in their neighborhood and the city.

Who is 2040 Planning Academy for?
2040 Planning Academy is for anyone who cares about their community! Whether you've been involved in your neighborhood for years or you're a new resident – if you want to make a difference in your community, 2040 Planning Academy is for you. It offers residents a greater understanding of the role planning plays in building communities and empowers them with the knowledge of how and when residents can be involved in planning processes.

What will you take away from this experience?

Through presentations, group discussions, and interactive activities participants will learn:

  • What planning is; what it can and cannot do.
  • How plans are developed and put into action.
  • How you can be involved in future planning efforts.  

Participants will also have the opportunity to make connections and build relationships with both Charlotte Planning Design & Development staff and other residents from across the city

When does the program take place?
The 2040 Planning Academy will consist of five (5) in-person classes on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, August 23  from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 13 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 27 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 11 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 25 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

How do I apply?
The application window for the Fall 2022 program has now closed. 


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