Planners Training Service Two-Day Workshop

Sustainable Zoning and Development Controls

San Diego • February 20–21, 2014

Advanced Training for Practicing Planners

Can sustainable zoning save the world? Come to San Diego and see what sustainable development codes can do for your community, the country, and the planet.

Join a conversation about energy conservation. Learn how good planning can boost food security. Explore climate change, legal issues, and the politics of sustainability. How green is your planning? Find out in a hands-on exercise on sustainable code audits. You'll come away inspired, informed, and ready to make your part of the world a greener place.

Registration is now closed.

You'll learn about:

  • Laying a defensible foundation for a sustainable code
  • Saving energy and tapping alternative energy sources
  • Cultivating urban agriculture and growing food security
  • Adapting to climate change and addressing natural hazards
  • Keeping current with sustainability legislation and case law
  • Confronting the politics of adopting a sustainable code
  • Measuring the costs and benefits of a greener future

Course Agenda

Download a draft agenda (pdf)

This agenda is subject to change. Workshop registrants will receive the final agenda after registration closes.


Planner's Night Out & Young Planner's Group Joint Social invitation

Certification Maintenance (CM)

AICP members earn CM | 14 credits for on-site participation in the full two-day workshop. Partial credit is not available for participation of less than two full days. The workshop will not be available in streaming media. Sustainable Zoning and Development Controls meets the law requirement. Law


February 20, 2014

8 a.m.–8:30 a.m.

8:30 a.m.–noon

Noon–1 p.m.
Lunch (provided by APA)

1 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

February 21, 2014

7:30 a.m.–8 a.m.
Continental breakfast

8 a.m.–noon

Noon–1 p.m.
Lunch on your own

1 p.m.–3 p.m.


Christopher DuerksenChristopher Duerksen is cofounder of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute and managing director of Clarion Associates of Colorado. A land-use lawyer, he specializes in development code revisions, growth management, historic preservation, and protecting natural resources and scenic areas. His publications include Aesthetics, Community Character, and the Law from APA Planning Advisory Service. Duerksen writes and speaks extensively on land-use issues.

James Duncan, FAICPJames Duncan, FAICP, is one of America's leading urban planning and growth management practitioners. During his five-decade career, he has helped more than 300 cities, counties, regions, and states draft their comprehensive plans and land development codes. He also has served as planning director for communities in three states. A past APA president, Duncan coauthored Growth Management Principles & Practices from APA Planners Press.

Craig RichardsonCraig Richardson is a planner and lawyer with substantial national experience in implementing comprehensive plans, drafting development codes, developing growth management strategies, and planning capital facilities. As vice president of Clarion Associates, he directs the firm's North Carolina office. He has overseen projects including a zoning ordinance for metropolitan Charlotte and an updated comprehensive plan for metropolitan Nashville.