Advanced Training Class

Advanced Training

Overview & Presentations

We offer an all-day Advanced Training covering three topics in-depth: Bias, Predisposition and Conflicts; Implementing and Enforcing Land Use Decisions, and; Running a Meeting and Making the Decision. Over the years these topics have risen to the surface as issues that crop up continually in the life a land use commission member. The workshop is taught by prominent land use attorneys with over 1,000 years (this is an estimate) of experience dealing with local land use issues in Connecticut communities.

This training will include plenty of time for audience participation, questions, observations, etc.

4.5 AICP CM credits pending including 1.5 law credits 

Bias, Pre-disposition (predetermination) and Conflicts

This section covers the following:

  • How bias and conflicts are defined
  • Ex-Parte communications
  • Appearance and representation by Commission members
  • Financial or other interests
  • Relatives
  • Conduct during the meeting
  • Recusal
Implementing and Enforcing Land Use Decisions

The use of conditions and modifications in land use permitting and the challenges of land use enforcement. This section covers the following:

  • Permissible scope of land use approvals
  • Limits on the use of modifications and conditions
  • Appropriate imposition of off-site improvements
  • Construction and bonding of public improvements and E&S controls
  • Open space and project mitigation
  • Payments in lieu
  • Enforcement of subdivision approvals
  • Zoning and wetlands enforcement- who, what, where and how
Running a Meeting and Making a Decision

This section covers the following:

  • Pre-application meetings
  • Keeping control of the meeting (who speaks, when, hostile crowd control, etc.)
  • Voting by commissioner who misses a meeting
  • Seating alternates
  • Running a public hearing
  • Evaluation of evidence 22a-19
  • Environmental interventions
  • Standards and criteria
  • Proper motions
  • Findings
  • Keeping the record
  • What to do with reports (IWWC, traffic, CTDEP, neighboring towns, RPAs, consultants, etc.)