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Basic Zoning & Subdivision Regulations

May 17, 2013 @ 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm



Your zoning ordinance is arguably the most important device you have to implement your comprehensive plan. It provides you with the means to define the type and intensity of uses permitted on any piece of property.

Your city’s subdivision regulations govern the manner in which vacant land is platted into streets, blocks, and lots in preparation for development. They are, therefore, very important in that they establish the street pattern and the type of improvements that must be made as land is brought into urban use.

In the “Basic Zoning and Subdivision Regulations” seminar, you’ll learn the legal basis in Alabama law for regulating the use of land and its subdivision. The seminar also brings you up-to-date on how Alabama courts in the 1990s have been viewing land use issues.

You’ll also review: (1) How the Alabama Code defines your regulatory powers; (2) The form and content of a well-written zoning ordinance and subdivision regulations; (3) Approval processes and efficient methods of administration and enforcement; (4) Dealing with public vs. private conflicts in land use; (5) Challenges and appeals of your zoning and subdivision activities; (6) Many other timely issues

Major points will be well-illustrated with case studies and practical examples.


Katherine Ennis recently retired as the Director of Planning & Inspections for the City of Northport, Alabama, where she oversees the administration of the City’s zoning ordinance, subdivision regulations, comprehensive plan and building code standards. Katherine has over 28 years of experience in municipal, county, and regional planning. In addition to her work with Northport, Katherine is an elected official sitting on the City Council of the City of Helena, Alabama. She has also served on Helena’s planning commission, design review board and chaired their greenway committee. Katherine is a member of the Auburn University Planning Advisory Council, has served nine years in various positions on the Executive Committee of the Alabama Chapter of the American Planning Association, currently as its President, and sits on the Board of Directors of Your Town Alabama. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Katherine moved to Alabama in 1980. She is a Graduate of Auburn University with Masters Degrees in both Community Planning and Public Administration and holds an undergraduate degree in Marketing. Katherine began her career in public service in 1982 with the City of Auburn where she worked for 18 years in the planning department. In 2000 she joined the staff of Shelby County’s Planning Department as the Senior Planner in charge of land development. In 2002 she took a position with Central Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission as Senior Planner, serving the three counties and ten cities in that region. In 2006 Katherine assumed her current position with the City of Northport. 

CAPZO Credits

0.35 credits are available for this event.

Registration / More Information

To register, visit the Alabama Planning Institute’s website or call 1-800-825-5862, ext. 4862.

This course is part of a six-course series that can be taken for CAPZO certification.


May 17, 2013
4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Fultondale Council Chambers
1210 Walker Chapel Road
Fultondale, AL 35068 United States
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Alabama Planning Institute
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