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Planning Commissioner Training

The following materials have been used by the Section at various Planning Commissioner training events. Newer commissioners typically appreciate the information on Planning Commissioner Best Practices, and commissioners appreciate the detail of the Housing Element and the General Plan/Zoning updates as they related to both urban and rural communities.


The following are PDF copies of the materials and presentations from a recent training event.  Just click on the icon or title to open the resource.

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Best Practices
Planning Commission Best Practices for Running a Meeting, Making Decisions, and Commissioner Conduct

Janet Ruggiero, FAICP
City of Citrus Heights Community Development Director, Ret.

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The General Plan, Specific Plans, Zoning Implementation

Dan Amsden, AICP
Director of Sacramento Operations, MIG

Tricia Stevens, AICP
Consulting Planner, MIG;
Sacramento Co. Principal Planner, Ret.

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Disaster Planning in High Fire Danger Areas – Camp Fire Lessons

Tim Snellings
Director Butte County Department of Development Services

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CEQA Basics – What a Commissioner Needs to Know

Dan Cucchi
Assistant City Attorney, Rocklin

Mike Parker, AICP
Senior Environmental Planner, Ascent

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Housing Element

Chelsey Payne, AICP
Senior Planner, Ascent




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