Classes & Workshops

Some people love to learn. Some people love to teach. Sometimes they’re the same person. PlaceWorks staff teach regular classes for those who want to add or update their knowledge.

How Geodesign is Busy Envisioning and Engaging with Your Neighborhood

Robert Kain, GIS manager at PlaceWorks, will share how their adoption of Web GIS and GeoPlanner has enabled them to make location-driven decisions on many of the firm’s land use planning projects. For more information please visit

A Practical Guide to Updating the General Plan

David Early teaches an annual UC Davis Extension course on general plans that provides up-to-date guidance on policies, preparation requirements, public involvement, CEQA integration, and other best practices. For more information please visit

Environmental Planning and Site Analysis

Melissa Erikson teaches an annual UC Davis Extension course on environmental planning and site analysis, which includes an overview of site inventory and analysis, opportunities, and constraints. For more information please visit

Using Specific Plans to Create Great Communities

David Early teaches a one-day class on specific plans at UC Davis Extension. Receive an overview of specific plan preparation, with an emphasis on balancing planning, design and financial considerations. For more information, see

Sustainable Planning, Environmental Site Design, and Development

David Early and Melissa Erikson teach an annual UC Davis Extension course on sustainable planning, site design, and development, which includes material on the history of planning and sustainability; and principles of sustainable planning, urban design, and landscape architecture. For more information please visit

General Plans, Sustainability, and Urban Design

Woodie Tescher teaches courses on urban design and general plans at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy. See

Woodie also regularly teaches the following courses at UCLA Extension:

General Plans: A New Generation

Urban Design: Principles, Practices and Tools

Sustainability: Making Green Planning and Development Real

For more information, see

Land Development

Randy Jackson teaches land development courses for Urban and Regional Planning graduate students at UC Irvine’s School of Social Ecology. He is also a regular guest lecturer for courses in land planning and development at UC Irvine Extension’s Planning Certification Program. See

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

Bill Halligan and JoAnn Hadfield regularly teach classes on CEQA and associated case law for the Association of Environmental Professionals’ CEQA workshop series. Bill also teaches CEQA courses at UC Irvine’s Graduate School of Management Program, UC Riverside, and Cal Poly Pomona. See

Corridor Planning and Economic Development

Karen Gulley, Steve Gunnells, and Colin Drukker are frequent trainers at Southern California Association of Governments’ (SCAG) Toolbox Tuesdays, a series for local government staff and others who want to learn practical approaches to contemporary planning issues. See