Continuing Education Training – New Sessions Added

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 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**

MARCH 11, 2016
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

New Data Tools for Supporting Analysis of Equitable Development and Environmental Justice”

Understanding the challenges and opportunities communities face—economic, social, and environmental—is a prerequisite for making investments that achieve their goals. To respond to this need, environmental justice stakeholders have begun developing analytical tools that can give communities rich and accessible information for supporting local goals for environmental protection and equitable development in cities and regions. This webinar will cover two of these tools – EPA’s EJSCREEN, an environmental justice screening and mapping tool, and the National Equity Atlas a comprehensive data resource to track, measure, and make the case for inclusive growth developed by PolicyLink and the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity. The presentations will explain what these tools are, how they have been used in real world scenarios to advance equity in local and regional development practices, followed by questions and answers. 

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.

APRIL 1, 2016 
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Assessing Affordable Housing: A Practical Toolkit”

Maintaining a variety of affordable housing types is a critical component of long-range community viability. This session will equip planners and public leaders with strategies for determining the type and volume of housing that is most needed, by whom and where, within the context of shifting demographics. The presenters will review affordable housing needs assessments they conducted in Colorado Springs, CO, the State of Washington and Westmoreland County, PA, and explain the approaches that were most successful in translating measured housing needs into community goals with targeted, practical action steps.

MAY 20, 2016
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

“Forging Neighborhood for All Generations”

A powerful new reality and a profound demographic transformation is an aging America. That baby boomers are swelling the ranks of older Americans is well-documented. This profound demographic transition is challenging communities struggling to maintain the status quo, and, is overwhelming to government and community policymakers at all levels. Preparing for this wave is viewed as a political and economic liability – impacting social security, healthcare costs and services and placing an added burden on the young. As the vast majority of older adults want to age in place, they are creating a demand for communities that are age friendly. Age-friendly communities are friendly to all ages, not just older adults. Ultimately, young and old want the same things: an environment that allows them to participate and thrive. Financing age-friendly initiatives do not have to be costly. Planners and local governments should give attention to multigenerational planning and the work underway in cities developing more age-friendly communities – from New York to Honolulu – who are taking creative steps to build their adaptive capacity, optimize opportunities and cultivate synergies for community change.

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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