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Comprehensive Planning: How to Prepare, Update, & Implement Your Plan

September 13, 2013 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm



When your city decides to create a planning commission, enabling legislation in Alabama states that your commission must prepare a master or comprehensive plan. Therefore, preparing and adopting a master plan is a mandatory requirement, not an option. When the comprehensive plan is adopted is must serve as the foundation for the city’s planning program and, as such, must be continually reviewed and periodically updated. The purpose of this workshop is to discuss ways your city can fulfill these responsibilities.

You’ll review:

  • The basic surveys and studies which form the foundation of the plan
  • Successful approaches to involving the community in formulating goals and evaluating alternatives
  • The statutory requirements to adopting and updating the plan
  • The implementation of the plan through regulatory and functional planning
  • The political and institutional implications of the plan as a public statement of the city’s development policies.

The workshop provides a practical orientation and guide to those citizens who serve as appointed members of local planning commissions or as elected members of the city councils. Other local officials and staff, engineers, consultants, and others will also benefit from a better understanding of the key role comprehensive planning plays in the development of their community.


Greg Clark is currently the Executive Director of the Central Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission in Montgomery, Alabama. He has over thirty years experience in planning, community development, grant management, economic development, transportation, and public administration. During his professional career, he has worked with all levels of government: local, county, regional, state, and federal and assisted in the establishment of non-profits and community development organizations. He has also been employed by the Consolidated Government of Columbus, Georgia, as the Chief of Economic Development, Community Development Block Grant Administrator and City Planner, and the Columbus Housing Initiative as the Community Development Director. Greg has lived in Eufaula most of his life. He went to Huntingdon College in Montgomery where he majored in Psychology and Sociology (1976-1980) and attended the University of Tennessee for Urban Planning (1980-1982). He is a member of the American Planning Association (Alabama Chapter Treasurer), National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, and Past President of the Georgia Community Development Association.

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.


September 13, 2013
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Sterling Events Services – Lions Hall @ Wiregrass Rehab Center
795 Ross Clark Circle
Dothan, AL 36303 United States
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