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About the Land Use Academy


The Land Use Academy provides practical education for local land use decision makers in Connecticut. Our program focuses on the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to serve effectively on a local land use commission. The Academy is a program of the University of Connecticut Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR).

New land use commissioners and those considering becoming commissioners will find our courses especially useful, as will current commissioners seeking to update or refresh their understanding of fundamental land use topics.

The Land Use Academy is recognized as the state’s official certification program in basic land use education for local commissioners. The Connecticut Land Use Academy is supported by the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management (OPM) Office of Responsible Growth.


In 2002, the Blue Ribbon Commission on Property Tax Burdens and Smart Growth Incentives made the following recommendation on land use education:

“A training program…should be created based upon the coordination of educational programs currently provided by the University of Connecticut’s Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) and the Cooperative Extension System, including the Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO), and incorporating the associated workshops conducted…by the Connecticut Land Use Education Partnership.”

In January 2006, the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) recommended CLEAR as “the most logical and most appropriate group to be responsible for the coordination of all land use training of local officials in the state of Connecticut…” Later in 2006, OPM received an appropriation to support CLEAR, and the Land Use Academy was created.