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									BEDFORD COUNTY CITIZENS’ PLANNING ACADEMY
The Planning Academy will provide Bedford County citizens with a solid introduction to the
community planning process. In so doing, the academy will serve as a forum for discussing
how Bedford County’s future can be shaped through planning.

The Planning Academy will provide each participant with a planning framework that is Bedford
County specific. A primary academy goal will be the enhancement of citizen knowledge
regarding the community planning process, the legal foundations of planning, and the role
citizens can play in developing a dialogue regarding Bedford County’s future.

The Planning Academy will begin in September and continue into November 2004. The
Planning Academy will feature five 3-hour sessions. Each session will be held in the evening
from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Ground Floor Training Room, Bedford County Administration
Building. Each session will focus on distinct topics (listed below). The goal throughout will be
the sharing of information that will positively influence the future of Bedford County.

               Session #1                                          Session #3
 Tuesday, September 21, 2004 – 6:30 p.m.              Tuesday, October 19, 2004 – 6:30 p.m.
   Introduction to Community Planning                           Planning’s Players

               Session #2                                          Session #4
   Tuesday, October 5, 2004 – 6:30 p.m.               Tuesday, November 2, 2004 – 6:30 p.m.
      Legal Foundations of Planning                              Planning Tools

                                        Session #5
                           Tuesday, November 16, 2004 – 6:30 p.m.
                          Managing Change/Growth in Bedford County


Class size is limited to thirty (30) individuals. It is important that each class member
understands the time commitment involved in the Planning Academy including homework
assignments. Citizens wishing to participate in the Planning Academy must fill out the attached
application form. The County will evaluate and select the participants in order to achieve a
good cross-section of the community. Bedford County may hold additional Planning Academies
in the future to accommodate individuals unable to attend this session.          A nominal fee of
$25.00 per participant will be required to cover the cost of materials and refreshments.

APPLICATIONS FOR THE BEDFORD COUNTY CITIZENS’ PLANNING
ACADEMY MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5:00 PM, SEPTEMBER 3, 2004.
                                For more information contact:
                          Philip Thompson, Director of Planning
 Bedford County Department of Planning, 122 East Main Street, Suite G-03, Bedford, VA 24523
Phone: (540) 586-7616      FAX: (540) 586-2059         Email: p.thompson@co.bedford.va.us

								
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