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2023 Course Information How to Apply

The Raleigh 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, the 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. 

We aim to empower residents on the best ways to navigate the complex world of land development and community planning. Participants will learn best practices for engaging with staff and their neighbors on rezoning and large-scale projects in their neighborhoods.

2023 Course Information

One option remains to participate in the Planning Academy in 2023. One five-week course or one, day and a half course. Meals are provided during the Academy. Dates are listed below: 

Five-week course: October 11, 18, 25, and November 1 and 8 from 6-8 p.m. 

The location for the Fall Academy will be shared by email when participant attendance is confirmed.

How to Apply

The application is now open for Fall 2023 Planning Academy offerings. Please complete the online formDeadline for application is Sunday, October 1, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. Only 25 participants will be selected for each course. If you need assistance with the application form, please contact Aquila Blackwell at 919-996-2454.

Our goal is to have a group of participants as diverse as our city. Priority may be given to Raleigh residents who live in specific geographic areas, renters (as the only and primary residence), or those with experience advocating for under-invested communities.  



For questions or application assistance:

Aquila Blackwell



Lead Department:
Planning and Development
Service Categories:
Community EngagementPlanning

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