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Are you new to land use and planning issues; or do you want to expand your knowledge about the planning and development process in your neighborhood? This session will introduce stakeholders to the basics of land use and planning and provide a context for that knowledge. The Framework and Planning tools from the general plan to overlay zones and districts and important State and regional laws that affect the local planning process will be briefly described. Participants will get a general idea of how planning and zoning work, by-right versus discretionary development, conditional use permits, the hearing process and “findings,” and the planning appeals process. You will be provided the context to discuss land use issues with others, take steps to having your concerns heard and know how to go about tracking and reviewing projects in your neighborhood, community and city. You will also learn why it can be important to consider land use proposals before a case is filed, and why everyone should care about issues such as “code simplification” and “development reform.” Finally, you will leave the program with ways you can learn more and get help, including PlanCheckNC.