About | Course Modules

When: Wednesdays, October 8–December 3, 2014 | 6-9 PM
Where: J.C. Penney Conference Center, UMSL

Entering its 11th year, this Chancellor's Certificate program has educated hundreds of members of the St. Louis planning community. Fundamentals of Planning & Zoning is taught by a team of senior practitioners who have extensive knowledge and experience in local government planning in Missouri, Illinois, and across the nation. Course modules cover planning practices, processes and topics that are crucial for local government success. Earn a noncredit UMSL Chancellor’s Certificate in Fundamentals of Planning & Zoning by completing six of the seven modules.

This program is designed for:

  • Municipal and county planning and zoning commissioners
  • Elected officials including mayors and city council members
  • Municipal staff interested in planning and zoning
  • Citizens seeking to become involved in local planning and decision-making processes
Registration Fees
  • $400 for all seven modules
  • $75 per individual module


Planning & Zoning course instructors are professional, practicing planners in the St. Louis region and members of the American Planning Association–St. Louis Metropolitan Section as well as the national and state APA.


Offered by the Local Government Partnership (UMSL Public Policy Administration, Center for Ethics in Public Life, and East-West Gateway Council of Governments) and the American Planning Association–St. Louis Metropolitan Section. 

Course Modules

These modules cover the fundamentals of planning and zoning and critical components in the work of the planning and zoning commission. You may register for the full course (seven modules) or take individual modules of your choice.

Register for the Full Course, or Register for Individual Modules Below.

  • Module 1 | Planning and Placemaking: Developing and Maintaining Healthy Communities | October 8 | Register Online
    Why is good planning important to the future of the St. Louis region? This session will illustrate the impact of planning and zoning decisions made at the municipal and county levels on developing and maintaining healthy, sustainable communities. It will demonstrate the importance of creating a sense of place and will explore the history of planning and emerging planning trends.

    The Trainer: Wayne Oldroyd, AICP, director of community development, City of Maryland Heights, MO

  • Module 2 | Developing a Comprehensive Plan | October 22 | Register Online
    Learn about the major components of the comprehensive plan including the requirements of state statutes and local ordinances. Understand the comprehensive planning process, the steps for developing a comprehensive plan, the commission’s responsibilities, and how they vary from city to city. Learn about the inclusion of historic and other types of special districts.

    The Trainer: Hilary Perkins, AICP, GISP, planner, City of Maryland Heights, MO

  • Module 3 | Implementing a Comprehensive Plan | October 29 | Register Online
    Discover how a municipality, village or county can use a comprehensive plan as a tool to manage and guide all land use in the community, and how the plan is implemented with zoning and other ordinances to create the community that was envisioned in development of the plan.

    The Trainer: Aimee Nassif, AICP, director of planning and development services, City of Chesterfield, MO

  • Module 4 | Zoning | November 5 | Register Online
    Review the basics of zoning structure, format and process. Learn about updating and drafting effective and unified zoning codes, the plan/code relationship and administering exceptions. Topics include code regulation of commercial and residential development, protecting the environment, and governmental roles in zoning.

    The Trainer: Paul Langdon, AICP, director of planning, City of Creve Coeur, MO

  • Module 5 | Legalities of Planning and Zoning | November 12 | Register Online
    Learn about legal aspects of planning and zoning. Gain insight on adoption and use of planning and zoning tools, the scope of and limitations on regulatory authority, and the procedures involved in zoning reviews, appeals and public hearings.

    The Trainer: Dan Vogel, founding shareholder, Cunningham, Vogel & Rost, PC

  • Module 6 | Site Plan Review | November 19 | Register Online
    Understand the implications of different site plan/preliminary plat choices and the variables that minimize negative impact. Plan review can bring maximum benefit to a community's transportation, engineering economics, environment, and visual appearance. Consider the work and responsibilities of architectural review boards. Examples of actual site plans will be provided and discussed.

    The Trainer: Dan Lang, city administrator, City of Bowling Green, MO

  • Module 7 | Ethics and Effective Public Hearings | December 3 | Register Online
    Address ethical considerations in the duties of commissioners, elected officials and staff, including conflicts of interest and responsibility to the community and petitioners. Learn about the appropriate role and conduct of commissioners, staff and attorneys in maintaining objectivity and decorum in public hearings and meetings. Discuss fact-finding and conflict resolution.

    The Trainer: Ted Shekell, AICP, director of planning, zoning and building, City of O’Fallon, IL