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Dinolfo Encourages Registration for Spring 2019 Land Use Decision-making Programs

County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo announced the registration for the 2019 Land Use Decision-Making Training Program is now open. This program satisfies New York State’s four-hour annual training requirement for members of Planning Boards and Zoning Boards of Appeals. At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a Certificate of Participation indicating which workshops they attended. The three workshops will be held at Monroe Community College in Brighton from 4:30 to 9:00 P.M.

"Each year our Department of Planning and Development hosts the important Land Use Decision-Making Training Programs,” said Dinolfo. “This unique opportunity provides members of our community the chance to learn more about various topics such as preventing flood damage, planning and zoning, and the changes to the State Environmental Quality Review Act. Land use is an important topic that affects the quality of life for our citizens and we hope local officials will take advantage of this training."

This $40.00 per person per informational workshop also includes a provided dinner. If you are interested in participating, registration forms can be found at With questions, please contact Pat Gooch at (585) 753-2032 or The scheduled workshops are listed below:
Wednesday, April 10, 2019—4:30—9:00 PM

Preventing Flood Damage Through Intermunicipal Project Review & Floodplain Overlay
Districts: What is it, and could it be a tool for your community’s resilience toolbox?

Location: Empire Room, 2nd floor in building 3

Topics: This session will include a presentation, discussion, and hands-on activities designed to educate those in attendance about the Model Intermunicipal Floodplain Overlay District Local Law Project, a ready to use local law, and customizable template. Combined, the materials promote the No Adverse Impact approach to floodplain management by encouraging neighboring municipalities to coordinate during the planning and development review process to reduce flood damage to downstream properties. This session will introduce you to floodplain concepts, the overlay district local law, and how you might apply this in your community.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 4:30—9:00 PM

Introduction to Planning & Zoning

Location: Empire Room, 2nd floor in building 3

Topics: This session will familiarize you with the roots of planning and zoning, changes in planning in recent years, the purpose and goals of comprehensive planning, the purpose and goals of zoning, the interdependent relationship between planning and zoning, and your role as a Planning Board or Zoning Board of Appeals member. The session will integrate case studies to provide context on the role planning boards and zoning boards of appeals can play during the review of projects before them.

Monday, April 29, 2019—4:30—9:00 PM

The New SEQR Basics: 2019 Changes to the State Environmental Quality Review Act

Location: Please note room change—Room 8-200; Building 8—Park in Parking Lot J

Topics: In 2018, the NYS DEC made the most significant changes to SEQR since the 1990s. This session will focus on the fundamentals of SEQR, an overview of process, roles and responsibilities of boards and applicants, and will highlight the changes that are now in place. The session will also integrate case examples to provide context on the application of SEQR.