Advanced Training Class

Advanced Training

Advanced Training Agenda

The Advanced Training is an all-day course that covers the following three topics in-depth. This training includes plenty of time for audience participation, questions, and observations. The day's structure is the following:


8:30 a.m. Sign-in and Coffee

Welcome & Instructions

Bruce Hyde, UConn CLEAR, Land Use Academy Director

Bruce Hyde is an AICP certified planner who has worked in the planning field for over 30 years. He has served in a wide variety of positions including city planner, regional planner, private sector consultant and local planning commissioner.


Bias, Pre-disposition (predetermination) and Conflicts

Instructor: Richard Roberts, Halloran & Sage, LLP, Connecticut Bar Association

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, and recusal.

10:45-11:00 Break

Implementing & Enforcing Land Use Decisions

Instructors: Kenneth R. Slater, Jr., Halloran & Sage, LLP, Connecticut Bar Association

This section covers the following: limits on use of conditions, variances, special permits/exceptions, off-site improvements, construction of public improvements, bonds, parking (reductions, waivers, shared), open space requirements, and payments in lieu.

12:30-1:15 Lunch

Running a Meeting & Making a Decision

Instructor: Mark Branse, Branse, Willis and Knapp, LLC, CT Bar Association

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, and what to do with reports (IWWC, traffic, CTDEP, neighboring towns, RPAs, consultants, etc.).

3:00 End