Planning board and zoning board of appeals members are required by state statute to obtain four hours of training a year. Erie County's Department of Environment and Planning may host or forward by email training opportunities in the region.
Planning board and zoning board of appeals members are required by state statute to obtain four hours of training a year. For more information, please visit: NYS DOS Annual Training Requirement page
Erie County's Department of Environment and Planning may host or forward by email training opportunities in the region. If you wish to be added to the contact list, please email Mariely.Ortiz@erie.gov with your name and the board and municipality you serve.
The New York State Department of State has numerous resources for municipal board members in search of training opportunities, including:
- Online Interactive Training: These interactive courses are available for free to local officials and anyone interested in learning from them. It is not necessary to register with the New York Department of State to complete these courses. If you opt to take the quiz at the end of the course, you will be offered a certificate of completion to print as proof of having completed the course.
- The dates of upcoming webinars and information about on-site training are available on the DOS Land Use Training Network Calendar.
- ARTICLE: Considering Leasing Land to a Solar Energy Company? Do Your Homework! by Kathleen McCormick, Agriculture Educator
- Training Certification Form
- Community Resiliency
- Solar Regulation Resources
- Annual training with DOS - SEQRA Short Environmental Assessment Form Walkthrough
- June 16, 2020 webinar
- Step by step review of the SEAF and review of SEQRA updates, with Q&A
- How do I develop a good solar project in my community?
- May 15, 2020 WEBINAR
- Legal experts, local municipal peers, and representatives from governmental agencies will share what you need to know before, during, and after developing solar.
- SESSION 1. Preparing for Solar. Moderated by: Jason Kulaszewski, UB Regional Institute
- Peter Jeffery, Town of Porter
- Jennifer Manierre, NYSERDA
- Mary Underhill, Livingston County Planning Department
- SESSION 2. Engaging the Process. Moderated by: Daniel Castle, AICP, Erie County Department of Environment and Planning
- Michael Saviola, NYS Deptartment of Agriculture and Markets
- Daniel Spitzer, Hodgson Russ
- More information at http://www.oneregionforward.org/learning2020/
- Local Planning for Agriculture -
- 4.3.19 - 6pm - 8pm at the Roycroft Campus, by Jeff Kehoe, NYSDAM
- Training session on Current Issues & Trends in Agriculture and Agricultural Grant Opportunities, including:
- Agricultural Districts Program
- Implementation Grants
- Solar Siting on Agricultural Land
- NYSDAM Municipal Planning Grant
- Small Cell Wireless Network Technology and Planning by WNYAPA & Verizon
- How are Local Communities becoming more resilient?
- 3.19.19 - 8 am - 12:30 pm,UB Hayes Hall , Buffalo
- Session 1: Planning for Healthy and Clean Waterways
- Watershed Management Planning: Kerrie Gallo, Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper, look at municipal planning and policy through the watershed lens.
- Natural Resiliency through Flood Control Measures: Jayme Thomann, Genesee Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council, how to address increased flood events in a sustainable and effective method.
- Best Management Practices from Culverts to Agriculture: Mark Gaston, Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District, effective strategies to promote healthy riparian shorelines in rural and urban settings.
- Session 2: Clean Energy in Your Community
- Smart Street Lighting: Jim Jones, Town of Tonawanda, save money and put your street lights to work for you.
- Responsible Solar Development: Beverly Kinney & Jim Sharpe, Town of Grand Island, making sure renewable energy happens the RIGHT way.
- Electric Vehicles in Your Fleet: Richard Coburn, Town of Cheektowaga, reducing costs and greenhouse gas emissions at the same time.
- This One Region Forward workshop was organized by Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper, the UB Regional Institute, Erie County, Niagara County, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and the Town of Porter.
- Local Planning for Agriculture - 2 to 4 hours of Land Use Training credit - Click here for more information
- September 25th, 2018 - 2 sessions
Session 1: Ag-Friendly Municipal Planning (farm tour), 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.,Training Credits: 2 Hours
- Speaker: David Phillips, Phillips Family Farm
- Session 2: Agricultural Preservation Tools, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.,Training Credits: 2 Hours
- Speaker: Bob Somers of NYSDAM
- Roycroft Campus, Dard Hunter Hall, 21 South Grove Street, East Aurora, NY 14052
- Community Solar 101 for Municipalities - 1.5 hours of land use training credit - click here for more information
- June 27th, 2018, 2 - 3:30 pm, or 5:30 - 7pm
- Reinstein Woods Nature Center, 93 Honorine Dr, Depew, NY 14043
- Discussion included:
- Community Solar basics and introduction to critical aspects and best practices for planning and zoning for solar
- Payment-In-Lieu-of-Tax(PILOT) agreements
- Siting solar while protecting farmlands
- Specifics on solar project economics
- Model Solar Energy Local Law
- UrbanPlan for Public Officials Workshop: Engaging Local Decision Makers in a Dialogue about Land Use Dynamics
- August 6th, 2018, 8:30-3:30,
- University at Buffalo, South Campus
- UrbanPlan for Public Offcials is an engaging workshop that convenes local decision makers for an interactive dialogue about the fundamental forces that affect the built environment and the important leadership roles that elected and appointed offcials play. By taking on the role of developer, participants in the workshop get a chance to broaden their knowledge in the following areas:
- the basics of a pro forma and funding of a complex project;
- the economics of different building types and community benefts;
- the different time horizons for the public and private sectors;
- the risk associated with lengthy negotiations among all parties; and
- the importance of a clear and open process in the selection of a private partner
- NYSDOS & Erie County DEP Annual Local Government Training
- Municipal Law Seminar by Hodgson Russ - - for more information: http://www.hodgsonruss.com/newsroom-events-2384.html
- May 17, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
- Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY 14225
- Discussion and hot-button topics included:
- Legislative Session Update
- Social Media: Implications for Local Government
- Land Use – Microcell Zoning Issues and Brownfields Grant Opportunities
- Solar Projects and Real Property Tax Challenge Update
- Capital Projects / Bond Financings: Your Issues for 2018
- The U.S. Constitution and Local Government: Critical Issues for Municipal Officials
- Urban Land Institute Training: UrbanPlan for Public Officials Workshop: Engaging Local Decision Makers in a Dialogue about Land Use Dynamic.
- August 1, 2017 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
- University at Buffalo, South Campus, Hayes Hall 403, 3435 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14214
- NYSERDA Solar PILOT Toolkit - Webinar
- Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 2 p.m.
- Additional resources: NYSERDA website at nyseda.ny.gov/solarguidebook
- Department of State 2017 Erie County Training
- Preparing for Extreme Weather Events through Land-Use Planning
- Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
- Erie County Fire Training Center: 3359 Broadway, Cheektowaga, New York 14227
- Workshop Goal:
- Provide Lake Erie/Niagara River region municipal leaders with training on severe weather and climate change impacts as well as some of the tools, resources, programs, and practices that can be used to identify and address vulnerabilities and increase community resiliency to those impacts.
- The workshop is sponsored by New York Sea Grant (NYSG) with additional funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Community Climate Adaptation Initiative Program and the Environmental Protection Fund under the authority of the New York Ocean and Great Lakes Ecosystem Conservation Act. Advisory committee members include the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning.
- Mention of company names or products at this workshop or in accompanying materials does not imply endorsement by NYSG, NOAA, NYSDEC or the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning.
- The morning portion of this workshop was eligible for 4 hours of Local Government Training credit.
- December 13, 2016, 10:00 AM -12:00 PM
Orchard Park Town Hall, Basement Meeting Room - 4295 S Buffalo St, Orchard Park, NY 14127
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Course Credits: This course qualifies for credit hours toward meeting the NY State mandatory training requirement for local planning and zoning board officials. Check with your municipality for further information. Attendance certificates will be available.
For Questions Contact: Debra Liegl, Phone:716-858-6409, Email: Debra.Liegl@erie.gov
- Thursday, October 13th, 2016 - Orchard Park Municipal Building, 4295 S Buffalo St, Orchard Park, NY 14127 - 10am - 12pm OR 5pm to 7pm; 2 credits
The workshop provided by NYSERDA’s PV Trainers Network and Erie County covered topics related to solar development that are especially relevant to local governments with a focus on developing a local solar zoning ordinance. The first part of the workshop discussed: solar development in agricultural areas, solar and property taxes including Real Property Tax Law Section 487 and Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOTs), end of life of solar PV systems, and review common solar myths. The second part of the workshop walked participants through the NY State Model Solar Ordinance and review strategies and best practices for developing a clear, comprehensive, and enforceable solar regulatory framework. Local government officials who complete this course are eligible to receive complementary one-on-one technical support in designing and implementing smart solar policy in their local jurisdiction.
Presenters: Jessica Bacher, Pace Land Use Law Center, Pace University Law School, & William Oberkehr and Derric Meister, Sustainable CUNY
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- ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Please feel free to share this with other members of your community. In particular, you may be interested in:
- Contact information – slides 23, 110 & 112
- Resources regarding solar ordinances (webinars and guidance documents) – slides 31 & 37
- Agricultural links: - slide 84
- Links to general solar information – slides 108 & 109
During the presentation, several contact names and resources were given:
- For help with Solar Ordinances, contact Jessica Bacher at firstname.lastname@example.org
- To request training on other solar issues, such as fire safety training, contact Egan Waggoner email@example.com
- If you have questions about NYSERDA’s new Clean Energy Communities program, contact Bart Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking into holding another, slightly longer, training focused solely on the ordinance with the same trainer, Jessica Bacher from Pace Law Center. If you know of people who would be interested in attending this, please send an e-mail to Debbie Liegl at Debra.Liegl@erie.gov.
If your community is in Erie County and there are other resources beyond those listed above that you need to work on this issue, we are interested in knowing that. Please e-mail Bonnie Lawrence at Bonnie.Lawrence@erie.gov or Debbie Liegl at Debra.Liegl@erie.gov with more information about your community’s needs.
- DOS & Erie County 2016 Training
Last updated: June 24, 2020 2:23pm