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
We are excited to offer you four options to participate in the Planning Academy in 2023. Two five-week courses or two, day and a half courses. Meals are provided during the Academy. Dates are listed below:
Day and a half course: Friday, April 14 from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, April 15 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Five-week course: May 31, June 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 6-8 p.m.
Day and a half course: Friday, September 15 from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, September 16 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Five-week course: October 11, 18, 25, and November 1 and 8 from 6-8 p.m.
Locations for each Academy will be announced soon.
How to Apply
Only 25 participants will be selected for each course.
Our goal is to have a group of participants as diverse as our city! Priority may be given to those who live in specific geographic areas, renters (as the only and primary residence), or those with experience advocating for under-invested communities.