CPTC conference session

2017 CPTC Annual Conference Sessions

Early Morning Sessions | Late Morning Sessions | Afternoon Sessions

Early Morning Sessions 9:15 - 10:45

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1. Roles and Responsibilities of Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals, Part 1 (MIIA)

Closed, Fully Enrolled

Speaker: Bob Mitchell, FAICP, Planning Consultant; Bob Ritchie, Attorney


2. Zoning Exemptions (MIIA) (Certificate II)

The Zoning Act provides certain exemptions for agricultural, educational, childcare, and religious uses. Certain state and federal land and uses are also exempted from local zoning regulations. This session explains these exemptions, and the circumstances under which municipalities can enact and impose regulations.

Speaker: Jonathan Silverstein, Attorney, KP Law

3.Public Health and Land Use Planning (AICP)

Public health is becoming more integrated into planning project work in a number of interesting ways. This session will describe why and how health should be incorporated in planning and planning related decisions. Learn how health can be considered in housing, transportation, and master plans as well as in project permitting such as special permits.

Speakers: Barry Keppard, AICP, Public Health Director, Metropolitan Area Planning Council; Kate Ito, Public Health Planner, Metropolitan Area Planning Council

4. Hiring a Consultant: From RFP/RFQ to Management of Project (MIIA) (AICP)

Learn how to oversee the process of hiring a consultant for planning services. Find out how to prepare a Request for Proposal (RFP) and Request for Qualifications (RFQ); how to conduct the selection and interview process; how to deal with the contract between the consultant and municipality; and how to monitor the work.

Speakers: Barbara Saint André, Attorney, KP Law; Judi Barrett, Director of Municipal Planning, RKG Associates, Inc.

5. Climate Change Adaptation and Planning for Resilience (AICP)

This session will introduce a new municipal resilience training program created by the Tauton Watershed Network (RTWN) to help integrate climate adaptation and green infrastructure approaches into local land use planning. The program will feature resources the state is providing, including a municipal grant program.

Speakers: Anne Herbst, Senior Environmental Planner, Metropolitan Area Planning Council; Katie Theoharides, Director of Climate and Global Warming Solutions, MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs; Kurt Gaertner, Land Policy and Planning Director, MA Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs
Moderator: E. Heidi Ricci, Senior Policy Analyst, Mass Audubon; CPTC Board member

6. Parking Management (AICP)

There are many aspects to parking in a suburban commercial area. Learning how to manage parking is the key. The presentation will help communities understand existing public/private parking inventory in commercial areas and, that through better management, typically a parking garage is not the answer.

Speaker: Jason Schrieber, Principal, Nelson/Nygaard

Late Morning Sessions 11:00 - 12:30

7. Roles & Responsibilities Part 2 (MIIA) (Certificate I)

Part 2 of this important and popular topic will be a discussion of the three legs of “Good Government.” It will focus on the Open Meeting, Public Records and Conflict of Interest Laws.

Speakers: Bob Mitchell FAICP, Robert P. Mitchell & Associates; Bob Ritchie, Attorney

8. Vested Rights and Nonconforming Structures and Uses (MIIA)

Clarifies the difference between a nonconforming structure, lot and use.  Explains the difference between a nonconforming and a noncompliant structure; familiarizes board members with issues regarding alterations to nonconforming structures or uses. Describes separate and common protection, as well as vested rights for subdivision and ANR plans. MIIA credit, Certificate II

Speaker: Ilana Quirk, Attorney, KP Law

9. Subdivision Securities (MIIA)(AICP)

Providing adequate surety for subdivisions is not as straightforward as you may hope. This seminar will review subdivision surety from beginning to end, starting with your subdivision regulations, through administering subdivision surety, and enforcing it when necessary, to help avoid some common pitfalls.

Speaker: Barbara Saint André, Attorney, KP Law

10. NEW! Ch. 40B Handbook for ZBAs and Planners (MIIA) (AICP)

This session will be the first release of Massachusetts Housing Partnership’s Ch. 40B Handbook for ZBAs. The Handbook provides a practical guide to managing the comprehensive permit process. The handbook promotes a constructive view of the comprehensive permit process and encourages ZBAs to carefully review a project’s impact and negotiate for the best development they can get for their communities.

Speakers: Laura Shufelt, Community Assistance Manager, Massachusetts Housing Partnership; Judi Barrett, Director of Municipal Planning, RKG Associates, Inc.
Moderator: Phil DeMartino, Technical Assistance Program Coordinator, Department of Housing & Community Development

11. Greening Your Community with LID: Saving Land, Water, and Money (AICP)

This session gives practical information on Low Impact Development (LID) and Green Infrastructure (GI) for community planners. We discuss best practices for bylaws and regulations and interdepartmental coordination with other town officials, including opportunities to reduce infrastructure and maintenance costs for DPWs and improving water quality and protecting water supplies in cooperation with conservation commissions and water districts.

Speakers: Stefanie Covino, Project Coordinator, Shaping the Future of Your Community Program, Mass Audubon; Jonathan Ford, P.E., Horsley Witten Group
Moderator: E. Heidi Ricci, Senior Policy Analyst, Mass Audubon; CPTC Board member

12. Open Space & Recreation Plans (MIIA)(AICP)

Learn how to prepare an Open Space and Recreation Plan for your com­munity that will meet the requirements for approval in Massachusetts. You will hear from a city planner who recently prepared an OSRP and the person who reviews and approves the plans at the state level. The panelists will also discuss the advantages of preparing an OSRP for your city or town.

Speakers: Melissa Cryan, Grant Programs Supervisor, Division of Conservation Services; Thomas Devine, AICP, Senior Planner, City of Salem Department of Planning & Community Development

Really Good Buffet Lunch 12:30 - 1:30

Afternoon Sessions 1:45 - 3:15

13. Introduction to the Zoning Act (MIIA)

For newer board members, this course addresses the history and purposes of zoning, adoption of zoning bylaws, variances and special permits, public hearing and voting requirements, and other key procedural requirements.

Speaker: Adam J. Costa, Attorney, Mead, Talerman & Costa, LLC

14. Special Permits and Variances (MIIA)

Are you clear about the difference in purpose and process between special permits and variances? Learn about the key issues and complex criteria for making sound decisions. The session discusses important procedural requirements necessary to avoid constructive approval and the importance of meeting time lines.

Speaker: Ilana Quirk, Attorney, KP Law

15. Recreational Marijuana (MIIA) (AICP)

Are you already confused by the new recreational marijuana law approved by the voters last November? Well, you are not alone and this session is designed to bring you up to date on recent developments regarding the implementation of the law. Learn what municipalities can and cannot do in regulating recreational marijuana, as well as how it compares with the regulation of medical marijuana.

Speakers: Jeffrey Bagg, Principal Planner, Central MA Regional Planning Commission; Karla Chaffee, Attorney, Robinson & Cole

16. An Introduction to Historic Preservation Planning (AICP)

Planning takes years, demolitions take hours. Local preservation planning efforts can make a big difference in maintaining community character and saving historic resources from demolition. Yet, these proactive efforts do take time to accomplish. This session will cover the basic step-by-step process of historic preservation planning covering a variety of tools used successfully throughout the cities and towns of Massachusetts.

Speaker: Christopher C. Skelly, Director of Local Government Programs, Massachusetts Historical Commission

17. Local Access Score: Building Bike/Pedestrian Infrastructure that Really Connects (AICP)

Local Access helps Massachusetts cities and towns direct limited funds where they will have the biggest impact on safety, convenience, and traffic congestion relief. It’s useful for municipal officials, planners, school systems, DPWs, public safety, code enforcement agents, health departments, and everyone else interested in making biking and walking a better way to get around.

Speaker: Manisha Gadia Bewtra, AICP, Analytical Services Manager, Metropolitan Area Planning Council