Community Planning

American Citizen Planner – Indiana

acp-logo21.pngAmerican Citizen Planner – Indiana provides training to Indiana citizen planners who currently serve or plan to serve on area or advisory plan commissions. The program features 31 topics detailing core planning theories, practices, and processes. A comprehensive assessment and four virtual training events reinforce the content learned in the units. The program is hosted by a local Purdue Extension educator for either a county or a region.

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American Citizen Planner – Indiana trains Indiana citizen planners who are involved in community planning in formal and informal roles. It’s online modules and live presentations cover 31 topics from core planning theories, practices, and processes, to current planning issues specific to Indiana. A comprehensive assessment and scenario-based discussions reinforce concepts learned in the course. The program is hosted each year in the spring and fall in state-wide and local formats. Contact your local Community Development or Agriculture and Natural Resources extension educator for local program availability.

As of 2022, the course has trained over 150 Indiana citizen planners. Post program evaluations indicate increased knowledge and skill in applying concepts of public land use regulation, planning, and development, and as well as running effective plan commission meetings, communicating about plan commission activities with residents, and engaging residents effectively in theplanning process.

Target Audiences

This program is designed for citizen planners currently serving, or preparing to serve, on area or advisory plan commissions in Indiana.

  • Current or future members of area/advisory plan commissions or zoning appeal boards
  • Interested residents
  • Elected officials
  • Municipal, county or applicable nonprofit staff
  • Members of planning-related boards or commissions, such has historic preservation, board zoning appeals, sustainability, quality of life

To learn more about American Citizen Planner – Indiana, contact:

Daniel Walker
Community Development Regional Educator 


American Citizen Planner Flyer

Learn about the program and how to apply.

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Spring Session Overview

February & July annually

2023 ACP-IN Course Timeline

  • Registration Fee: $200
  • Registration Opens: February 1
  • Orientation Webinars: February 17 & 28
  • Course Opens: March 1
  • Ethics Webinar: April 6
  • Land Use Issues to Policies Webinar: April 27
  • Enhancing Equity in Planning Webinar: May 18
  • Guest Speaker Webinar: June 15
  • Course Closes: June 30

For all inquiries: Contact Daniel Walker (

Fall Registration Opens July 1st, 2023.

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