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Westchester Municipal Planning Federation - Land Use Training Institute

Planning & Zoning Board Case Law Update

The WMPF Land Use Training Institute is the best way to keep up with your local certification and training requirements and the latest issues and trends.  This session earns one and one-half credit hours. A Certificate of Completion will be issued. 
*1.5 CLE Practice Credits are available for this program through the Pace Land Use Law Center.  You must indicate at the time of online registration that you are requesting CLE credits.  Prior to the program, please send a check in the amount of $70, payable to Land Use Law Center, 78 North Broadway, White Plains, NY 10603.

SPEAKERS:
Linda B. Whitehead, Esq., McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt, LLP
Janet J. Giris, Esq, DelBello Donnellan Weingarten Wise & Wiederkehr, LLP

When: March 25, 2021
Where: 6:30pm - 8:00pm via Zoom

MATERIAL:
Agenda
Material


Land Use Leadership Alliance Training Program
Long Island Sound Watershed

With support from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, municipalities within the Long Island Sound Watershed have been invited to participate in an upcoming land use training program. This Land Use Leadership Alliance Training Program (LULA) is intended for local leaders who have a commitment to water quality and quantity, recreation and drinking water, and who are interested in implementing land use regulations and policy that address those water resource and resiliency issues.  The hope is each community will leave the training program with a fully trained leadership group, as well as a preliminary implementation plan or strategy regarding watershed protection or resiliency. The program is a six-day online course that is based on a “train the trainer” model, through which participants are empowered to share their program experience with others. The Center will also be creating resiliency audits for each participating community regarding their resiliency goals and current zoning and comprehensive plan language.

When:  Two-hours on the mornings of October 7, October 14, October 21, October 28, November 4 and 11
Where: via ZOOM


Land Use Leadership Alliance Training Program
Meeting Local and Regional Fair & Affordable Housing Needs

Sessions include presentations from regional planners, developers, attorneys and public engagement specialists. Skilled facilitators will conduct breakout exercises and guide group discussions. Participants will virtually tour new affordable housing sites and meet developers and community reps. Curriculum will be tailored to those that register. Participants must register in advance for this free program. CLE credits for attorneys (fee of $20 per credits) and Training Certificates for local board members. All sessions to take place via Zoom. Limited spots available in order to facilitate dialogue appropriately. Priority will be given to new participants to the LULA program.

When:  Two-hours on the mornings of October 22, October 29, November 5, November 12, November 19 and December 3
Where: via ZOOM


Nineteenth Annual
Alfred B. DelBello Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference

The Land Use Law Center is pleased to announce the 19th annual Alfred B. DelBello Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference. Scheduled for December 7 - 10, 2020, this year’s conference theme is Making Progress in an Altered Landscape.  

We invite you to attend this educational event to learn about national, regional, and local innovations, challenges, and best practices.

Richard Rothstein author of the The Color of Law will deliver the virtual Keynote (Brown Bag Luncheon). Mr. Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute and a Fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He lives in California, where is a Fellow of the Haas Institute at the University of California–Berkeley. The Color of Law documents how American cities, from San Francisco to Boston, became so racially divided, as federal, state, and local governments systematically imposed residential segregation, with: undisguised racial zoning, public housing that purposefully segregated previously mixed communities, subsidies for builders to create whites-only suburbs, and routing of highways to separate African American and white neighborhoods. Such programs still influence tragedies in places like Ferguson and elsewhere. Scholars have separately described many of these policies; The Color of Law uniquely brings them together to show how they interacted to create a powerful system of residential segregation in every metropolitan area. Once we understand that our racial landscape has been created and maintained “de jure,” by governmental law and policy, we can engage in a national conversation to design remedies.

As in previous years, the Land Use Law Center has been working on developing a conference program that will showcase innovative best practices in land use and sustainable development.

As always, conference participants can earn CLE, APA-CM, and New York State planning and zoning training credits.

For more information visit our Conference Page.

When: December 7 - 10, 2020
Where: Virtual Experience via ZOOM


Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing

Make Yourself Aware of All Available Opportunities For Clean Energy Investment and Business Development

Free informational event featuring a Superb Panel of experts including:
     Mackey Dykes, VP Financing, Connecticut Green Bank
     Fred Lee, Co-CEO of NYC Energy Efficiency Corporation (NYCEEC)
     Mike Doty, Director, Energy Efficiency Lending. Greenworks Lending

Co-Sponsored by NECHPI and the US DOE’s NY/NJ CHP Technical Assistance Partnership

When: May 5, 2020 at 1:00pm
Where: Webinar


Eighteenth Annual
Alfred B. DelBello Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference

The Land Use Law Center is pleased to announce the theme of its 2019 Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference – Building the Infrastructure for Our Sustainable Future.

We invite you to spend the day at this educational event, with more than 250 attorneys, business professionals, and local leaders in attendance to learn about national, regional, and local innovations, challenges, and best practices.

As in previous years, the Land Use Law Center has been working on developing a conference program that will showcase innovative best practices in land use and sustainable development. The Center is pleased to announce that this year’s luncheon keynote presenter will be Tom Murphy, Urban Land Institute Senior Resident and Canizaro/Klingbeil Families Chair for Urban development.  A former mayor of Pittsburgh, Mayor Murphy has extensive experience in revitalization and what drives investment and ensures long-lasting commitment.  He will be joined by the opening keynote speaker Thomas W. Smith, III, the executive director of the American Society of Civil Engineers.  Mr. Smith and ASCE will speak about future-scenario analysis that allows us to anticipate the coming changes and their effects on infrastructure and communities.

On Wednesday, December 4th, the Center will be hosting a dinner to allow local leaders and sponsors an opportunity to add to their conference experience and network with conference presenters and to honor our Founder’s Award recipient Lester D. Steinman, Esq., Partner, McCarthy Fingar, LLP and former Director of the Edwin G. Michaelian Municipal Law Resource Center of Pace University, Distinguished Young Attorney award recipient Victoria L. Polidoro, Esq., Rodenhausen Chale & Polidoro LLP and Ground Breaker’s Award recipients Kenneth and Sean Kearney, Kearney Realty & Development Group.

As always, conference participants can earn CLE, APA-CM, and New York State planning and zoning training credits.

For more information visit our Conference Page.

When: Thursday, December 5, 2019
Where: NYS Judicial Institute at Pace Law School, White Plains, NY


NYSERDA
Resources for Municipalities - Battery Energy Storage Systems

Learn how adopting the tools and best practices in the Battery Energy Storage System Guidebook will help your community prepare for energy storage project development
in a safe and efficient manner.

The workshop – sponsored by Sustainable Westchester and presented by NYSERDA – is for local officials and will:

  • present information about battery energy storage technology basics
  • identify important code considerations for project siting, and
  • offer a review of the Model Battery Energy Storage Law

* Training credits are available for municipal board members.
* Stay tuned for a separate NYSERDA technical training for code enforcement officers and first responders planned for later this summer.

When: August 7, 2019, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Where: Pace Law School, Gerber Glass Building, Moot Courtroom, 78 North Broadway, White Plains, NY 10603


Land Use Law Training

ONLY 40 SPOTS!

The Sullivan County Division of Planning, Sullivan Renaissance, and the Pace Land Use Law Center are teaming up to offer a two-night workshop on community character, SEQRA, signs, and more. Please see the schedule below for more information. CLE credits will be available.

When: June 24 and June 26, 2019, 5pm - 8pm
Where: Sullivan County Emergency Services Training Center

MATERIAL:
Agenda
SEQRA
Sign Code
Gaining Ground Book

PowerPoints:
Better Town Toolkit
The Land Use System
SEQRA
Municipal Regulation of Signs
 


Land Use Leadership Alliance Training Program

In the spring of 2019, with support from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund through the Hudson River Estuary Program of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and in partnership with the Hudson River Watershed Alliance, the Land Use Law Center of Pace Law School is preparing to conduct its award winning LULA training program for selected communities in Albany County. Conducted by the Land Use Law Center, this program is intended for local leaders who have a commitment to water quality and quantity, recreation and drinking water in the Normanskill, Vlomankill, Coeymans and Onesquethaw watersheds, and who are interested in implementing land use regulations and policy that address those water resource issues.  The hope is each community will leave the training program with a fully trained leadership group, as well as a preliminary implementation plan or strategy regarding watershed protection or resiliency. The Program is designed to help leaders create new networks of support, identify successful land use techniques, and develop implementable local strategies that will enable more watershed protection and development that is protective of water resources in the region.

When: May 10, May 31, and June 14, 2019
Where: Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, NY 12054


Westchester Municipal Planning Federation - 2019 Land Use Training Institute

Land Use Law Update: The SEQRA Amendments: Are they having and Impact? 
Zoning and Land Use Case Law Update
Protecting Board Decisions

The WMPF Land Use Training Institute is the best way to keep up with your local certification and training requirements and the latest issues and trends.  This session earns two credit hours. A Certificate of Completion will be issued. Free for WMPF Members* and Students with current Student ID. $40 for Non-Members.* Register Online at WMPF.ORG
*2 CLE Practice Credits are available for this program through the Pace Land Use Law Center.  You must indicate at the time of online registration that you are requesting CLE credits.  Prior to the program, please send a check for $70, payable to the "Land Use Law Center" at 78 North Broadway, White Plains, NY 10603.

SPEAKERS:
Jennifer Gray, Esq., Keane & Beane, P.C.
David Steinmetz, Esq., Zarin & Steinmetz
Linda B. Whitehead, Esq., McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt, LLP

When: May 15, 2019
Where: Judicial Institute at Pace Law School, Lecture Hall

MATERIAL:
Agenda
Material


Third Annual Hudson Valley Affordable Housing Summit
Hudson Valley Housing and Development: Updates, Innovations and Opportunities

The Hudson Valley Affordable Housing Summit will provide an overview of the current state of affairs in housing and present strategies for increasing affordable housing through new partnerships in real estate, health, finance, and services. Experts from community development, lending, real estate, and the faith community will come together for three panels to discuss ways that affordable housing can be created.  CLE CREDITS AVAILABLE (2 Practice and 1 Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias).

Keynote Speakers Include:  George Latimer, Westchester County Executive and  Marcus Molinaro, Dutchess County Executive

When: May 2, 2019
Where: NYS Judicial Institute at Pace Law School

Material:
Agenda 
CLE Outline 
CLE Packet



Rockland County Waterfront Planning Forum: Planning for vibrant, healthy waterfronts

We are pleased to announce another educational opportunity being co-sponsored by the Rockland Municipal Planning Federation entitled:  "Rockland County Waterfront Planning Forum".  This session is being held on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 from 7-9 PM at the Haverstraw Center, 50 West Broad Street, Haverstraw, NY.  The session will feature discussions on revitalizing Hudson riverfronts - conservation and development strategies for creating healthy and prosperous communities; new developments in Comprehensive Plans and Local Waterfront Revitalization Programs; and planning perspectives from across the Hudson Valley.  Even if your community is not a Hudson River community, strategies discussed can be useful to your municipality.  

Attendance at the educational session will provide 2 hours towards the New York State mandated training time for planning and zoning board of appeals members.  In addition, both CM and CLE credits will be provided.  Please see flyer and agenda for more details.

When: April 16, 2019
Where: Haverstraw Center

Material:
Agenda
Revitalizing Hudson Riverfronts
WCA Playbook - Land Use Regulations Section