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Basic Training

Basic Course Overview & Presentations

The Land Use Academy Basic Training is now online. Basic Training is considered by CT OPM to be the official program for land use education for local commissioners.

Legal Requirements & Procedures, Roles & Responsibilities

This training refers to handouts that are typically used in the in-person training (access these handouts). You should download the hypothetical case study, The Town of East Northport, CT, before starting these training modules.

Provides a basic understanding of legal principals and procedures that must be adhered to so that legal challenges to decisions or other actions are minimized. Gives land use commissioners an overview of the source of their authority, their role in relation to other land use commissions, current land use issues they should consider, and their responsibility to be fair and unbiased in their decision making. This sessions is interactive using “clickers” and case studies.

  • Legal Basis for Land Use Regulation
  • Roles of Commissions
  • Public Hearing and Timeframes
  • Important Issues to Consider
  • Conflicts, Bias and Pre-determination
  • Running a Meeting
  • FOI
  • Ex-Parte Communications
  • Hypothetical Case Study Review
Fundamentals of Reading Plans

An online version of Fundamentals of Reading Plans is in the processes of being developed.

Assists commissioners with developing plan reading skills including understanding scale, topography, hydrology and stormwater. It goes beyond the basics in a way that is understandable and relevant. This session is hands on using plans from real projects. Participants learn to translate what is on the plans to what it will look like on the ground.

  • Review of the difference between a plan and a map.
  • Review of basic map reading techniques-wetlands, legends, scale, topography, water flow, etc.
  • Hands on exercise: the participants will use the skills learned in the beginning of the session to plan a hiking trail that contains specific features like crossing streams at a specific elevation, avoiding wetlands, crossing hilltops and hits the high and low point on the property.