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The Zoning School

What is the Zoning School?

The Zoning School is a land use training program for local government officials.  It was originally created in 1999 by the Land Use Law Center for the New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal (NYMIR).  The program allows local governments to self-certify their boards when the majority of the board has satisfactorily completed five of the nine lessons contained within the program.

What topics do the lessons cover and how long will they take me?

This program contains nine lessons, each covering a different aspect of law and practice applicable to the work of local land use boards.  The nine different tutorials are:
• Zoning – The Basics
• Comprehensive Planning
• Subdivision Approval
• Site Plan Approvals and Conditions
• Variances
• Special Use Permits and Permit Conditions
• Environmental Review
• Local Boards
• Strategic Local Laws

The certification program will take approximately 10 hours to complete.  Each session is designed to take 2 hours.

May I work on a different set of lessons than another board member?

Yes, this is your decision.  Members should take the lessons that round out their experience and teach them subjects they need to know to be productive members of their particular board.

How do I get started?

To complete the Zoning School and use this flexible home-study approach to educate your members and become self-certified, contact Tiffany Zezula, Director of Training for the Land Use Law Center, at (914) 422-4034 or tzezula@law.pace.edu for more information.