Local Government Training 2016

Modified: May 18, 2016 3:18pm

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Erie County Department of Environment and Planning (DEP) is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a local government training event with the New York State Department of State (DOS). This training is geared toward local planning and zoning board members who need to complete the required four hours of training credit.

The training will be held on Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 at Erie Community College South Campus (ECC South) Room 102 in Building 5 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. The address is 4041 Southwestern Boulevard, Orchard Park, NY 14127. Please note the location of Building 5 in the attached flyer. Parking is available in any of the campus lots. Handicapped parking is available between buildings 5 and 7 (See map).

There will be two sessions for a total of 2.5 hours of training credit.
Session 1: Solar Energy Regulation will begin at 6:00 pm until 7:15 pm, 1.5 hr of training credit

This course addresses the authority of local governments to regulate photovoltaic solar energy systems—from modest residential and agricultural systems to large-scale institutional and commercial solar arrays and sun farms. Environmental and economic benefits and aesthetic challenges are discussed, and tools such as the New York State Unified Solar Permit are provided to allow solar arrays and regulate their impacts.

Session 2: Walkable Communities will begin at 7:30 pm until 8:30 pm, 1 hr of training credit

Increasing the availability and attractiveness of pedestrian facilities can help revitalize downtowns, provide an alternative means of transportation, and encourage a healthier lifestyle. This session provides an overview of several common municipal land use tools (zoning, site plan review, subdivision regulations, and special use permit). The program then explores how these tools can be tailored to improve pedestrian conditions by the requirement of sidewalks, pathways and other pedestrian facilities, as well as through the encouragement of better site design.

Additional information about online training options are available on the DOS website: http://www.dos.ny.gov/lg/onlinetraining/interactive.html

Light refreshments will be available during the break between sessions.

There is no cost to attend the training.
Attendees must RSVP by Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 by emailing mariely.ortiz@erie.gov.
Please include the following:
• Name
• E-mail address
• Municipality
• Board
• Session you will be attending (Session 1, Session 2, or both),

Please share the event notice to local government leaders, planners, board members, and other interested parties.