Orange County Internal Operations Center - I
450 E. South Street, Orlando, 32801
Course Series Objective
This series of classes is designed to educate the public about the planning and land development process in our community. Knowledge can empower those who graduate from the Citizen Planner Academy to make a difference as active participants who help shape decisions about development, neighborhoods, and public projects in a manner that considers long-term impacts, while meeting the needs of current residents and visitors.
The Academy is open to all Orange County citizens; however, registration is required. Classes can be taken in any order (Sustainability and Planning Basics are not pre-requisites, but highly recommended). Professional planners from the public and private sector will present information and use interactive exercises to help participants apply the principles taught during class. Emphasis will be placed on the important role of citizens and the types of data needed to make sustainable decisions about development.
A textbook is available for loan or purchase. Those who attend the Planning Basics course and two Special Topics courses will be recognized as a graduate of the Citizen Planner Academy.
Planning Basics ~ Participants will learn an overview of community planning principles and become educated about the land development process in Orange County. Subjects covered include: Background and Definitions; Sustainability and Why it Matters; the Comprehensive Plan and Future Land Use Map; and Zoning. This class will use InfoMAP and student input to work through the steps in the planning process. The class will conclude with a role-playing exercise that works through the steps of the planning process.
Sustainability ~ This class will cover the concepts of sustainability, with a special focus on how they are being applied today to address our long-term water, waste management, and energy needs. Classes may be offered at on-site locations where students can see the principles of sustainability in action while they learn their role in making Orange County...Our Home for Life.
Urban Design ~ Urban design gives a “sense of place” and character to groups of buildings, streetscapes, public spaces, neighborhoods and cities. This class will help explain how the arrangement and design of buildings, open spaces and public amenities contribute towards creating a sustainable, functional and attractive built environment. A walking tour and design exercises will illustrate the practical application of many concepts discussed in class.
Transportation Planning ~ Our system should provide multiple choices for getting to and from where we live, work and recreate. This class will cover some major concepts of transportation planning, provide information about the local system and highlight the special field of Context –Sensitive design. At the end of the session, participants will engage in an exercise that demonstrates the relationship between land use and the transportation system.
Code Enforcment (New this year!) ~ Join Code Enforcement staff in a discussion about how they progressively enforce regulations that promote the common good. Learn how you can help with achieving their goal of establishing partnerships with citizens and interest groups in maintaining and revitalizing Orange County communities.
CPTED (New this year!) ~ Learn about the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) approach to deterring criminal behavior through design. Participants will learn CPTED strategies to help prevent criminal acts. CPTED principles of design can even be as simple as learning the strategic use of vegetation, lighting, and marking territory.
Schedule of Classes
Sign-in begins a half hour before class starts and light refreshments will be served.
For more information, contact Jason Reynolds at 407-836-557 or by email at Jason.Reynolds@ocfl.net.