Land Use Academy Land Use Academy Logo

Advanced Training Agenda

8:30 a.m.

and Coffee


Welcome & Instructions

Bruce Hyde, UConn CLEAR, Land Use Academy Director

About Bruce Hyde

University of Connecticut, Land Use Academy Director, Land Use Educator


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 (click for details)

This section will cover 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

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

Richard Roberts

Partner, Halloran & Sage, LLP
Member, Planning and Zoning Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association


Richard Roberts represents municipalities in the full range of their legal needs. He provides legal counsel to them in real estate acquisitions and sales, land use, charter revisions, drafting and review of ordinances, and property tax issues. He also provides legal counsel to individuals, partnerships, limited-liability companies and corporations in real estate acquisitions and sales, financing transactions, general business affairs and contracts and agreements. He represents lending institutions and borrowers in secured, unsecured, asset-based and non-traditional financing transactions as well as in various state and federal regulatory matters, including securities, banking and land use and zoning matters.

Mr. Roberts regularly presents seminars to attorneys, bankers, accountants and other professionals on topics that include commercial lending, limited liability companies and other forms of business entities, real estate and land title law. He is a member of the Connecticut Association of Municipal Attorneys. He has served as Republican Town Chairman in Wethersfield since 1995 and has been a member of the Wethersfield Planning and Zoning Commission since 1991.




Implementing & Enforcing Land Use Decisions (click for details)

The use of conditions and modifications in land use permitting and the challenges of land use enforcement

This section will cover 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

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

About Kenneth R. Slater, Jr.

Partner, Halloran & Sage, LLP
Member, Planning and Zoning Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association


Kenneth Slater practices primarily in the areas of land use and environmental law. Mr. Slater has extensive experience in land use matters, and he is frequently consulted to prosecute and defend administrative appeals to the Superior Court regarding the issuance or denial of zoning, planning and wetland permit approvals and enforcement matters. He also regularly serves as counsel to municipalities in land use matters. He is also experienced in complex land use matters involving constitutional and environmental claims and statutory remedies.

He also has significant experience in environmental law matters. He routinely represents current and former owners of real property regarding legal issues relating to transfer or remediation of contaminated properties and in the prosecution and defense of environmental cost recovery actions. He advises businesses, property owners, municipalities and individuals regarding environmental regulation, permitting and enforcement. He appears regularly before federal and state environmental regulatory and siting agencies and federal and state courts regarding environmental matters. He served as lead counsel in several appeals to the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts involving important issues in land use law. He also lectures on a variety of environmental and land use law topics.




Running a Meeting & Making a Decision (click for details)

This section will cover 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.)

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

About Mark Branse

Attorney at Law, Branse, Willis & Knapp, LLC


Mark Branse is an attorney practicing law in Glastonbury where he is Senior Partner in the Law Firm of Branse, Willis & Knapp, LLC. Mr. Branse was a former planning director, holding a Masters Degree in government from the Fels Institute of Local and State Government., Wharton Graduate School, University of Pennsylvania. He is also a former member of the Glastonbury Town and Planning and Zoning Commission and also a former member of the Glastonbury Redevelopment Agency.
Mr. Branse provides or has provided, representation and/or legal consultation to land use agencies in more than two dozen municipalities and has represented applicants and neighborhood associations in more than seventy towns. He is currently Town Attorney of Griswold and Scotland, as well as Special Land Use or Planning Counsels of Andover, Canterbury, Eastford, East Haddam, Middlefield, Montville, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Westbrook and Willington. Mr. Branse is a past Chairman and Secretary of the Planning & Zoning Section of the Connecticut Bar Association, and a current member of the Executive Committee. Mr. Branse is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Land Use Academy.