Upcoming Municipal Training Opportunities Fall 2019
Department of State Local Government Training at the Washington County Municipal Center Building B Basement Classrooms
December 9, 2019 3PM – 8PM
The anticipated schedule for the training is as follows:
Opening Welcome 3-3:15 pm
Principal AP Local Planning Assistance Specialist from the Adirondack Park Agency (APA), Robyn Burgess, is joining us to introduce herself and to give a brief overview about how the Agency can be a useful resource for local municipalities.
Rural Planning 3:15 – 5 pm with added 15 min Q/A
Rural communities face challenges—both in the form of development and lack of it—that threaten the natural and cultural resources that define their character. This course offers an overview of how comprehensive planning and a variety of land use tools can help preserve rural landscapes and revitalize established village and hamlet centers. Local officials are encouraged to take a proactive approach to meeting such challenges with easy-to-understand and administer zoning regulations, conservation subdivision regulations, the use of conservation easements, and more.
Break 5:15 – 5:45 pm
ZBA Overview 5:45 – 7:45 pm with added 15 min Q/A
This introductory course to the zoning board of appeals focuses on the statutory tests boards must follow to grant use and area variances and proper handling of zoning interpretations. Meeting procedures and notice requirements will also be discussed, along with the ZBA’s relationship with enforcement officials and the planning board, and the importance of making good findings.