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Writing Master Plans, From Start to Finish

In this course you’ll learn how to approach a master plan—starting with concept development and community voice, and finishing with the mechanics of organizing and expressing ideas.

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Course Info

  • Duration 10 video lessons (103 Mins)
  • Published Published
    2017
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Browse Course Chapters

  • 1. Introduction (1 min)
  • 2. What Makes a Plan? Part 1 (9 mins)
  • 3. What Makes a Plan? Part 2 (9 mins)
  • 4. Why Do the Plan? (4 mins)
  • 5. Successful Plans (12 mins)
  • 6. Types of Plans (15 mins)
  • 7. Whose Plan Is It? Part 1 (4 mins)
  • 8. Whose Plan Is It? Part 2 (16 mins)
  • 9. Getting It Done, Part 1 (14 mins)
  • 10. Getting It Done, Part 2 (14 mins)

Course Description

Master plans are complex documents, meant to guide a community’s development for perhaps a generation. They are also moving targets—assembling lots of information, balancing conflicting positions and goals, and changing as they move through the planning process.  

In this course you’ll learn how to approach a master plan—starting with concept development and community voice, and finishing with the mechanics of organizing and expressing ideas. 

At the end of this course, you will understand the purpose of a master plan, the planners’ responsibility as a writer and advocate, how to balance stakeholders’ positions and community policies, and how to sort and present information.

Learn these skills

  • Civic Engagement
  • Communications & Media
  • Plan Making
  • Writing

AICP CM

This course is approved for 1.5 AICP CM credits. 

Meet Your Instructor

Claudia Kousoulas

Claudia Kousoulas

Claudia has more than 25 years of experience as an urban planner with work ranging from staff reports, large-scale master plans, promotional pieces, and special topic technical reports.

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