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Advanced Overview & Course Descriptions

In response to feedback from both professional planners and land use commissioners, we are offering an all-day advanced course that will cover the following three topics in-depth. This training will include plenty of time for audience participation, questions, observations, etc.

4.75 AICP CM credits pending including 1.5 law credits 

The Advanced Land Use Academy is a one-day educational event. It includes the three courses below.


Bias, Pre-disposition (predetermination) and Conflicts

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
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 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
Running a Meeting and Making a Decision

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.)

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