SAVE THE DATES: Planning and Zoning Orientation and Training for Public Officials and Employees

Title 6, Chapter 29 of the South Carolina Local Government Comprehensive Planning Enabling Act Of 1994, Article 9 requires a minimum of 3 hours of continuing education annually for those who have completed the 6 hours of orientation training and are not exempt pursuant to Section 6-29-1350. Appointed officials (planning commissioners, board of zoning appeals members, or board of architectural review members) and professional employees (planning professionals, zoning administrators or officials, or a deputy or assistant to the above) are required to comply with the educational provisions.

The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG) will facilitate the following orientations and continuing education training sessions for planning officials and employees in January and March.

All orientation and continuing education trainings will be held in the:

Barrett Lawrimore Conference Room
1362 McMillan Avenue, Suite 100,
North Charleston, SC 29405



Orientation Training sessions are 6 Hours and REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Further information on the registration process will be sent out in March.

JUNE 3, 2016
9:00 AM to 3:30 PM

NOVEMBER 16, 2016
9:00 AM to 3:30 PM



The following 1.5 hour webinar sessions qualify for Continuing Education credits which are required annually of elected officials, board and commission members and employees involved in planning and zoning matters that have already completed the mandated orientation training.

**Dates and Sessions will be added as educational opportunities become available**

JANUARY 29, 2016
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

“Can Nature and Cities Coexist? Fort Collins, Colorado’s 100-year vision for a thriving natural environment for residents and wildlife”

We need nature in our lives more than ever today, and with 80% of Americans living in urban environments, it is crucial that we expand opportunities to meaningfully interact with nature within our cities. Communities across the country and globe have recognized this need and are responding by setting ambitious targets for accessing nature, e.g., within a 10-minute walk for all residents. In March2015, Fort Collins, Colorado adopted “Nature in the City” – a strategic planning effort to ensure that, as the community grows from 150,000to 250,000 in the next 25 years, all residents continue to have access to nature and that wildlife habitat in the city is protected and enhanced.  The webinar will highlight the City’s strategic planning process and initial implementation actions. The webinar will emphasize strategies for how participants interested in implementing similar strategies in their communities can move from a vision to strategic planning to actions on the ground.

MARCH 4, 2016
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

“The Central Social District: The Key to Tomorrow’s Successful Downtown”

For decades, the terms Central Business District, CBD and downtown were used almost interchangeably because, functionally, downtowns were dominated by retail stores, office based businesses, professionals and government agencies, along with some hotels and maybe entertainment venues. Today, in downtowns large and small, the CBD functions are being rivaled or even surpassed by their Central Social District (CSD) functions. That includes housing, restaurants and watering holes, and vibrant entertainment niches that include not only venues for formal entertainments such cinemas, theaters, museums and concert halls, but also lively parks, plazas, and other gathering areas. Your downtown’s competitive advantage is therefore changing in important ways. Looking beyond the draw of specialty retail and entertainment, innovative downtown leaders and community planners are seizing on the opportunity to re-brand and fully embrace the downtown as the “heart of the community” where people come to gather, celebrate, meet friends, and make new ones. Case studies from two communities will illustrate how the CSD concept supports (and in fact drives) downtown economic development. Participants will also learn about innovative ways to help fund this next wave of downtown investment.

MARCH 18, 2016
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

“The New ‘Cottage’ Industry: Housing, Lodging and the Sharing Economy”

The new Sharing Economy has enabled the availability of private short-term rental properties like never before. Web-based clearinghouses for short-term rentals, such as VRBO and AirBnB, have changed the economic and regulatory landscape of short-term rental markets. These changes are felt in municipalities of all sizes. While some communities experience strains on the availability of long-term rental housing, others value the short-terms rentals as a supplement to traditional lodging options. This session will explore the relationship of the short-term rental sector of the sharing economy to land use and tax regulation and social and economic factors in resort and destination communities.

Bag lunches are welcome during webinars

Registration for these continuing education webinars is not required but appreciated.

For more information, please contact:

Vonie Gilreath, MCRP, M.Ed.
Senior Planner/Mobility Manager
Tel (843) 529-0400 ext. 202.


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