Municipal Planning & Zoning Practice

Municipal Planning and Zoning Practice

Next Offering

Start Date: August 22, 2023
End Date: December 5, 2023


Course Description

Municipal Planning and Zoning Practice is an online course that introduces students to city planning concepts, municipal governance, and public service. The purpose of this course is to learn about how city planning and zoning are used as practical tools for municipal governance. This course will explore topics from the perspective of what local elected and appointed leaders and staff need to know to effectively guide a municipality, navigate codes and laws, and promote public engagement and civil discourse. Topics will focus on real-world relevancy and prioritizing community investment in residents.

Who Should Take This Course

The Municipal Planning and Zoning Practice course benefits newly elected and appointed decision-makers who serve on public and private sector boards and commissions (such as city councils, planning commissions, boards of zoning appeals, neighborhood or area commissions, and many others). The course is also useful for public sector land developers, real estate professionals, and community activists who seek a more comprehensive perspective on planning from a municipal governance lens, and how they fit in the process.

This online course is co-taught by Kim Burton and Kyle Ezell, both faculty in the City & Regional Planning Program at The Ohio State University. The two have over 40 years of combined experience in public and private sector planning for state and local agencies. Instruction includes real cases using video footage of local council and zoning meetings to illustrate the application of these fundamentals to on-the-ground problem solving.

Students who successfully complete the course receive a certificate of completion from the College of Engineering. 

Course Highlights

  • 100% online
  • Twenty hours of instruction covering six individual modules
  • Focus on real-world relevancy
  • Serves as planning & zoning literacy baseline
  • Prioritizes community investment in residents

Participants will:

  1. Understand planning and governance fundamentals in practice
  2. Learn how to communicate as a professional representative of a municipality in a public setting
  3. Be familiar with the major framework of municipal planning and zoning
  4. Understand the influence of community design, development, and transportation on municipalities
  5. Gain perspective on how planning and zoning can influence the future of a community

Course Modules

  1. Planning & Governance Fundamentals
  2. Communicating with the Public
  3. Planning & Zoning Framework
  4. Focus Areas - Community Development, Revitalization & Design
  5. Focus Areas - Economic Development & Transportation Fundamentals
  6. Planning for the Future

What students can expect

  • The course is delivered 100% in online format.
  • The course consists of twenty hours of course materials that cover six individual modules.
  • All lectures are recorded and available to you 24/7 through the university's Learning Management System called - Carmen. 
  • ​Students complete the course at their own pace, but must do so by the end of the academic term.
  • 24/7 IT support through the OSU IT support helpdesk.
  • Administrative support on all matters through the Professional & Distance Education Programs office. 

Click Here to learn more about how this course is delivered 100% online!


There are no prerequisites for this course.




Registration ends on Friday, August 18, 2023.

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Course Fee:

$250 per participant. 


Early Bird Discount:

$200 per participant if registered and paid by Tuesday, August 1, 2023.


Cancellations and Refunds

A full refund, minus a $50 administrative fee, will be made if cancellation is received prior to the start of the course.

No refunds will be issued after the course begins.


K. Burton

Kim Burton
Associate Professor of Practice
City and Regional Planning
Knowlton School of Architecture & College of Engineering
The Ohio State University

Click Here to read more about Kim Burton. 


K. Ezell

Kyle Ezell
Professor of Practice
City and Regional Planning
Knowlton School of Architecture & College of Engineering
The Ohio State University

Click Here to read more about Kyle Ezell.



AICP members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for this activity. When CM credits are available, they are noted at the end of an activity description. More information about AICP’s CM program can be found at



“I have learned so much and have been exposed to many different elements of my job. I felt connected and able to relate to the information being covered.  I couldn't be happier with this course!”

-Maranda Nolan, Planning and Zoning Director, City of Springville, Alabama


If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact:

Professional & Distance Education Programs  
Phone: 614-247-9581


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