Land Use Decision-Making Training Program

Six Trainings Announced for Fall 2022!

The Monroe County Department of Planning & Development hosts workshops as part of the Land Use Decision-Making Training Program each Spring and Fall. This program is designed for new board members to learn the basics of land use decision-making, for returning municipal board members to go deeper into specific areas of land use, and most classes also offer something new for municipal officials and staff, agency personnel, planners, attorneys, architects, developers, engineers, landscape architects, surveyors, and citizens.

In Fall 2022, the Monroe County Department of Planning & Development will host one in-person training on November 3rd and has partnered with the Genesee and Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council (G/FLRPC) and the Nine-Counties of the Genesee Finger Lakes Region to host five virtual trainings over three days in November.

All trainings will be two hours each and four hours of training will satisfy New York State’s four-hour annual training requirement for members of Municipal Planning Boards and Zoning Boards of Appeals. Code Enforcement Officers and Building Officials are also eligible for training credits for several trainings. All Monroe County attendees will receive a certificate of participation at the completion of all sessions.

To participate in the virtual trainings you will need an internet connected device such as a computer, tablet, or smartphone and an email address. For any technical difficulties with the five virtual trainings contact: Rob Richardson at [email protected] 

 

In-Person Training at Monroe Community College, Brighton Campus (Printable Flyer)

Introduction to New York State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR)​​​
Thursday,  November 3, 2022 - 5:00 - 7:15 P.M.                                                                                                               

Topic: This in-person session will focus on the fundamentals of SEQR, an overview of process, roles and responsibilities of boards and applicants, substantive and procedural information, and salient legal precedents. The session will also integrate case examples to provide context. Check-in begins at 4:30 P.M. Dinner will be served at 6:00 P.M. Participants will receive two-hours of training credits. Free parking is available in lot M. The closest entrance to the Empire Room is on the far right of the building when looking at the Flynn building from the parking lot or road. 

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

Location: Empire Room (Second floor) of Flynn Campus Center (Building 3) of Monroe Community College, Brighton Campus. Click Here to view map.

Cost: $35.00

Registration Open 

 

Clean Energy Communities Virtual Nine-County Training Series (Printable Flyer)

Monroe County, in conjunction with G/FLRPC and the Nine-Counties of the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region, is hosting a free training series focused on clean energy and solar. This series will have five sessions on three days in November. See below for dates and sessions. Please contact Rob Richardson at G/FLRPC with content and technical questions:  [email protected]To register use the registration button at the bottom of this window (external link to eventbrite). 

Understanding Photovoltaic (PV) Permitting and Inspecting in NYS​​​
Wednesday,  November 2, 2022 - 3:00 - 5:00 P.M.

Topic: Offers an in-depth review of permittng and inspecting solar energy systems in New York State from start to finish; topics covered include the NYS Unified Solar Permit and various components of the NYS Uniform Fire Preventon and Building Code. Code enforcement and building officials are encouraged to attend. Approved for 2 in-service hours.

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

Overview of the Model Solar Energy Law​​​
Wednesday,  November 2, 2022 - 5:30 - 7:30 P.M.

Topic: Provides an in-depth review of the customizable template zoning law contained in NYSERDA's Batttery Energy Storage System Guidebook for Local Governments. Municipal board members, planning board and ZBA members, code enforcement officials, and staff are encouraged to attend. Approved for 2 in-service hours.

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

Clean Energy and Your Comprehensive Plan​​​
Monday,  November 14, 2022 - 5:00 - 7:00 P.M.

Topic: Offers an introduction to best practices and strategies for incorporating clean energy goals and objectives into a new or updated municipal comprehensive plan. Municipal board members, planning board and ZBA members, code enforcement officials, and staff are encouraged to attend. Approved for 2 in-service hours.

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

Overview of the Model Battery Energy Storage Law​​​
Monday,  November 30, 2022 - 3:00 - 5:00 P.M.

Topic: Provides an in-depth review of the customizable template zoning law contained in NYSERDA's Battery Energy Storage System Guidebook for Local Governments. Municipal board members, planning board and ZBA members, code enforcement officials, and staff are encouraged to attend. Approved for 2 in-service hours.

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

Battery Energy Storage for First Responders​​​
Monday,  November 30, 2022 - 5:30 - 7:30 P.M.

Topic: Introduces key safety considerations for battery energy storage systems for code enforcment and building officials. Covered topics include fire prevention considerations and compliance with the 2020 NYS Uniform Code. Code enforcement officials, municipal staff, and first responders are encouraged to attend. Approved for 2 in-service hours.

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

Registration Open (External Link)

 

Payments are accepted online, if your municipality neeeds to pay with a PO or Check please mail all payments and registration forms to:

Monroe County Planning Board Training Program
c/o Kim Hudson
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 Kim Hudson (585-753-2038) 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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