Land Use Decision-Making Training Program

The Monroe County Department of Planning & Development hosts two 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 Spring 2022, 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 a few weeks after 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 2022 Schedule - Second Course Added!

Introduction to Planning and Zoning

Wednesday,  April 27, 2022 - 6:00 - 8:15 P.M.

Topic: Revised for 2022! 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.

Faculty: Jason Haremza, AICP,  Planning Technician, Town of Brighton and Matthew Ingalls, AICP, ASLA, Principal Planner/Urban Designer, Ingalls Planning and Design.

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

Registration Closed

Essential Tools for Effective Public Participation - New Course! 

Wednesday,  June 8, 2022 - 6:00 - 8:15 P.M.

Join us for a training workshop on effective public participation strategies. Participants will:

  • Learn why it’s important to engage stakeholders
  • Learn when and how to engage stakeholders
  • Learn how to develop an engagement process that reduces risk
  • Learn how to deal with “difficult people” and “unknowns” when engaging the public
  • Learn how to select the right tools and techniques
  • Learn how to manage outrage
  • Participants learn from each other

This workshop training is designed for appointed and elected officials, members of planning and zoning boards and those who interact with the public during site plan and SEQRA reviews, planning processes, and neighborhood meetings. 

Faculty: Susan Charland, AICP, Highland Planning; Tanya Mooza Zwahlen, AICP, Highland Planning; and Nancy Raca, Highland Planning

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

Register Here!

No payment necessary for Spring 2022!

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.