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Unit 1.1: Introducing the Planning Official
Unit 1.1 Introducing the Planning Official
This unit is a short introduction to your role as a planning official or commissioner. It will introduce you to your duties and responsibilities as a planning official as well as the groups with which you will be working.
At the end of this unit, the learner should be able to select the best description of the role of a planning official in terms of duties and responsibilities. In order to meet this objective, the learner should be able to:
describe a planning commissioner;
identify the duties of a planning commissioner;
identify the responsibilities of the planning commissioner;
match the planning and zoning bodies to their respective duties and responsibilities; and
identify a result of the planning commissioner's efforts.
In order to introduce the role of the planning official, the following topics are discussed in this unit:
Introducing the Planning Official
Planning Official Wanted
What is the Planning Commission and Official?
Private Citizen to Public Official
Responsibilities of the Planning Official
The Planning Team
Why be a Planning Official?
Training units are online, self-paced, independent-study opportunities to learn about the core tasks associated with becoming a planning official. It is estimated that each unit will take between 30 minutes and two hours to complete.
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