This training course will provide participants with an introduction to the basic principles and practices of planning. Participants will learn about different fields of planning.
This training is a 101 introductory training that is geared towards people who are not currently practicing planners (CDC and nonprofit staff, and those whose professions intersect with planning).
Participants will have an opportunity to participate in interactive activities where they will get to try their hand at planning, including reviewing community input, analyzing demographic and market data, and formulating recommendations for how a community can meet their planning goals. Participants will also be directed to additional resources, including Planning 102, which will guide them on how to get more involved in planning processes of interest.
This training is being offered in conjunction with Planning 102. If you are registering for both trainings, there is a discounted rate of $62.50 each ($125 total) for MACDC Members and $75 each ($150 total) for Regular tickets- You must register at the above link and the Planning 102 link.
Ralph Willmer, FAICP is the Principal Planner at MAPC, and is a member of the Land Use Division. He has over 30 years of planning experience, focusing on the preparation of community master plans, open space and recreation plans, housing production plans, and the drafting of zoning codes. He has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) since 1993, and in 2010 was inducted to the AICP College of Fellows in recognition of the significant contributions he made to planning, the profession, and society. Mr. Willmer currently serves as Chair of the Citizen Planner Training Collaborative, an organization that provides Massachusetts planning and zoning officials with the tools to make effective decisions regarding their community’s current and future land use. Mr. Willmer received his B.S. in Environmental and Resources Management from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY and his M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University in Medford, MA.
Amanda Chisholm has served as Vice President, Real Estate Services for MassDevelopment since October of 2017. In this role, Amanda offers planning and economic expertise to communities throughout the Commonwealth. She is a Real Estate Services rep on both the South and Greater Boston regional teams and works on projects with these communities in particular. Real Estate Services projects include but are not limited to the creation of land use plans and design guidelines, market analysis, and assistance with RFQs and RFPs.
Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Amanda was the Chief Economic Development Planner at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council where she oversaw the economic development program for the agency, worked on regional economic development policies and plans, and developed and managed local economic development planning projects. Amanda is a graduate of the Urban and Environmental Planning program at Tufts and got her undergraduate degree in English & American Studies at the University of Notre Dame.