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Municipal Planning & Zoning Practice

Municipal Planning and Zoning Fundamentals

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Start Date: January 11th, 2021
End Date: April 26th, 2021


About this program

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.

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.

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 you 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. 

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There are no prerequisites for this course.

Required Text Books


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.