Land Use Decision-Making Training Program

Trainings Announced for Fall 2023!

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 2023, the Monroe County Department of Planning & Development is offering one on-demand training. To participate in this on-demand training you will need an internet connected device such as a computer, tablet, or smartphone and an email address. 

This 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.

 - Past Training Courses Offered

Site Plan Review​​ - Closed for 2024.

  On-Demand Webinar                                                                                      

Topic: This is an on-demand session that you can watch via Zoom at a time of your choosing. This course walks you though the typical site plan review process from concept to final plan. Peter will explain terminology, provide guidance on reading and interpreting plans, and discuss external plan review.  When registering,  include your email address that you will use to access this webinar.  You will be sent a link to the webinar that is tied to your email address. 

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

Cost: $20.00 

Registration Open!  - Last Chance! Session ends February 29!


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.