Land Use Commissioner Training
As of January 1, 2023, planning and zoning commissioners in the State of Connecticut are required to attend 4 hours of training each year.
UConn CLEAR, in collaboration with OPM, has set up a statewide Land Use Commissioner Training Calendar to help towns and commissioners locate training opportunities in line with these requirements. This includes events from providers throughout the state as well as ongoing virtual trainings.
The Legal Requirements and Procedures, Roles and Responsibilities training has been split into two modules. 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 the Legal Requirements and Procedures training modules. It is strongly recommended that any new commission or board members first complete a Basic Training course, such as that provided by the CLEAR Land Use Academy, before pursuing training in other topics of interest.
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 dealing with local land use issues in Connecticut communities.
About the Academy
The Land Use Academy provides practical education for local land use decision makers in Connecticut. Our program focuses on the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to serve effectively on a local land use commission. The Academy is a partnership of UConn CLEAR, the CT Bar Association, and the CT Office of Policy and Management.