Plan Commission

Course Overview

Tips for local officials, staff and educators who would like to use the course materials.

Introduction to the Commission

Learn about the roles and responsibilities of the plan commission and working relationships. Start here if you are new to the commission or need resources for appointing a plan commission.


Plan commissions must follow standards and procedures outlined in state statutes and local ordinances. Learn more about open meetings, public notice, legal and ethical conduct, and making decisions.

Community Planning

Planning helps a community to identify local needs, envision the future, and create a plan to reach that vision. Learn more about developing community plans, involving the public in the planning process, and tools for implementing the plan.

Land Use Regulation

Plan commissions are involved in developing and applying land use ordinances. Learn more about zoning and subdivision regulations, the process for adopting and amending ordinances, and standards for making legally defensible decisions.


Quickly access resources, forms and worksheets included throughout the course pages. Learn how to schedule or request a plan commission workshop in your area.