County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo recently announced the registration for the 2019 Land Use Decision-Making Training Program is open.
This program satisfies New York state’s four-hour annual training requirement for members of Planning Boards and Zoning Boards of Appeals. At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a Certificate of Participation indicating which workshops they attended. The three workshops will be held at Monroe Community College, 1000 E. Henrietta Road, Brighton.
“Each year, our Department of Planning and Development hosts the important Land Use Decision-Making Training Programs,” said Dinolfo. “This unique opportunity provides members of our community the chance to learn more about various topics such as preventing flood damage, planning and zoning, and the changes to the State Environmental Quality Review Act. Land use is an important topic that affects the quality of life for our citizens and we hope local officials will take advantage of this training.”
This $40 per person per informational workshop also includes a provided dinner. Visit to register.
The first workshop will be held from 4:30 to 9 p.m. on April 10, the topic being” Preventing Flood Damage Through Intermunicipal Project Review & Floodplain Overlay Districts: What is it, and could it be a tool for your community’s resilience toolbox?” This session will include a presentation, discussion, and hands-on activities designed to educate those in attendance about the Model Intermunicipal Floodplain Overlay District Local Law Project, a ready to use local law, and customizable template. Combined, the materials promote the No Adverse Impact approach to floodplain management by encouraging neighboring municipalities to coordinate during the planning and development review process to reduce flood damage to downstream properties. This session will introduce attendees to floodplain concepts, the overlay district local law and how they might apply this in their community.
The next workshop will be held from 4:30 to 9 p.m. on April 24, the topic being “Introduction to Planning & Zoning.” This session will familiarize attendees with the roots of planning and zoning, changes in planning in recent years, the purpose and goals of comprehensive planning, the purpose and goals of zoning, the interdependent relationship between planning and zoning and their role as a Planning Board or Zoning Board of Appeals member. The session will integrate case studies to provide context on the role planning boards and zoning boards of appeals can play during the review of projects before them.
The third session will be held from 4:30 to 9 p.m. on April 29 in Room 8-200; Building 8, the topic being “The New SEQR Basics: 2019 Changes to the State Environmental Quality Review Act.” In 2018, the NYS DEC made the most significant changes to SEQR since the 1990s. This session will focus on the fundamentals of SEQR, an overview of process, roles and responsibilities of boards and applicants and will highlight the changes that are now in place. The session will also integrate case examples to provide context on the application of SEQR.