ULC Course Description

Master Planning Practices
Control Number: 241
Course Number: 46MOO01A
CEUs: 2.2     PDHs: 22.0     LUs: 22.0     PDUs: 0.0     CMs: 22.0     ACE: 2.0     CEHs: 0.0
This course focuses on the practices needed to effectively manage a master planning program. These practices include accomplishing planning efforts, contracting for planning services, balancing contract efforts with in-house capabilities, evaluating work, and ensuring stakeholder involvement.

The course begins with a brief overview of the master planning policies and products required by UFC 2-100.01, Installation Master Planning. The course then teaches the practice aspects of master planning in four sections. First, students will learn about individual and collective roles and responsibilities for project managers, stakeholders, planning boards and planning support centers. This will include segments on planning law and ethics where students will understand the legal and ethical aspects of planning and how the history of legal precedence and ethical actions impacts planning practices. It will also include a segment on the mechanics and opportunities for professional development for planners. Students will recognize that planning is a profession that requires continuing education and training. Students will learn about potential career paths and training opportunities. They will understand the AICP certification process. Second, students will learn in an interactive hands-on setting how to ensure quality in the planning process through the development of effective statements of work, the preparation of reasonable government working estimates, and the appropriate evaluation of master planning products (e.g. Vision Plans, Installation Development Plans, Area Development Plans, Planning Standards, Development Programs, and Plan Summaries, Sustainability Component Plans, Nodal Development Plans, and Customer Concept Documents). Third, students will learn how design agents can effectively execute work for customers through appropriate acquisition strategies that may include in-house efforts, jointly with A/E firms, or by contracting all the effort to A/E firms. Through hand-on exercises, this section will also teach students how to manage the A/E selection process by crafting appropriate solicitation notices, evaluating proposals, interviewing firms, and making the selection. Fourth, the course will introduce students to data collection and management strategies currently in use across the DoD to include the appropriate use of standards and standard designs. A half-day field trip is part of the schedule so students should be prepared to walk and they should plan to wear appropriate and comfortable attire. Accommodations for students unable to walk will be made as needed, please contact ULC prior to the course if accommodations are needed. Students need to bring a laptop to the course. To receive a certificate of completion, students are required to attend the entire course so leaving early is not allowed per ULC policy.

Master Planning Principles (Course 75) is a not a prerequisite but is recommended since this course focuses on day-to-day practices needed to implement the principles discussed in Course 75. The course is appropriate for all DoD staff and contractors that deal with master planning. Planning staff from other federal agencies will also benefit from participation in the course. The class is also appropriate for planners in cities and towns and meets AICP certification for continuing education.


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