; Adam Bello, County Executive

Land Use Decision-Making Training Program

The Monroe County Department of Planning & Development will host two workshops as part of the Land Use Decision-Making Training Program for Spring 2021. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic and social distancing protocols these workshops will be virtual and hosted through a video conferencing service. There will be no cost to attend the trainings this year.

The trainings will be two hours each and two courses will satisfy New York State’s four-hour annual training requirement for members of Planning Boards and Zoning Boards of Appeals. All attendees will receive a Certificate of Participation at the completion of the sessions. We will not be offering any professional training credits for these sessions.

To participate you will need an internet connected device such as a computer, tablet, or smartphone and an email address. You are not required to have a microphone or camera. Opportunities for questions will occur via the chat function and answered before the session ends. For any technical difficulties please contact Pat Gooch at 585-753-2032 (office) or 585-210-0295 (Mobile).   

Spring 2021 Schedule - Updated!


Site Plan Review

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 - 4:30 - 6:30 PM

Topic: This course includes types of site plans and reviews; definitions and terminology; reading and interpreting plans; external plan review.

Faculty: Peter Vars, President, BME Associates, P.C.

Location: Webinar - Details will be emailed to you after you register.

Conducting Public Meetings and Public Hearings

Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 4:30 - 6:30 PM

Topic: Review relevant provisions of the New York State Public Officers Law (Open Meetings Law), Town Law, Village Law and General City Law, as well as selected local Code provisions related to conduct of public meetings and public hearings. We will also review the current state of Executive orders and/or legislation suspending some of the provisions of the Public Officers Law to allow for remote access and conduct of meetings.

Faculty: Betsy D. Brugg, Esq. and Jerry A. Goldman, Esq., Woods Oviatt Gilman, LLP

Location: Webinar - Details will be emailed to you after you register.


Online Registration now available!

Register online for Monroe County’s Land Use Decision Making Training Program. Both individuals and Municipalities can register and pay online. Register a single person or an entire board via the below link and receive instant confirmation. Online registration allows for electronic payment or the ability to mail a check or claim voucher to our office.

Online Registration - Click Here!

Please mail all payments and registration forms to:

Monroe County Planning Board Training Program
c/o Dennis O'Brien
Monroe County Department of Planning and Development,
City Place, 50 W. Main Street, Suite 1150
Rochester, NY 14614

Make all checks/claim vouchers payable to: Monroe County Planning Board

Please include the name of the registrant or order number on the check or claim voucher if registering online and submitting a check or claim voucher via mail.

Financial assistance is available. No charge to veterans, active members of the military, and Monroe County employees with proof of ID.

Please contact Pat Gooch (585-753-2032) or Dennis O'Brien (585-753-2031) with any questions.
Or send them an email by clicking here.

The Monroe County Land Use Decision-Making Training Program is proud to be endorsed by the following organizations:
American Society of Civil Engineers--Local Chapter, Genesee Valley Branch of the American Public Works Association, American Society of Civil Engineers--Local Chapter Institute of Transportation Engineers, Center for Environmental Information, Rochester Green Business Network, Monroe County Environmental Management Council, Monroe County Supervisors Association, Monroe County Village Mayors Association, New York Bar Association & Upstate New York Chapter of the Municipal Law Section New York Planning Federation, New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association, Rochester Home Builders Association, Rochester Regional Community Design Center, Upstate New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

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