CPTC conference session

2018 CPTC Annual Conference Sessions

Early Morning Sessions | Late Morning Sessions | Afternoon Sessions

Early Morning Sessions 9:15 - 10:45

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

Join us if you are a new Planning Board or ZBA member, building inspector or planner, or even if you are a veteran and want a refresher course on the topics. For new members this program will launch you into your role as a local official and provide an overview of the functions of the boards, statutory requirements, and the main tools of planning, zoning, and subdivision review.

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

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2. Planning Commission Video Series – Three 30 minute videos (MIIA, AICP)

Preparing for Planning Commission Meetings: Staff Reports Learn tips for effective, clear communication, preparing graphic information, and what should - and should not - appear in a staff report.
Managing the Planning Commission Meeting: Public meetings are critical to planning. Seasoned veterans share their experience in how to create an agenda, keep the meeting focused, allow for robust citizen engagement, and maintain a welcoming, civil, and ethical process.
Legal Decision Making for Planning Commissioners:
Legal, defensible decision making is central to commission meetings. Legal experts discuss findings of fact, making the record, and the legal context for planning

Facilitator:  Brian Currie, AICP

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3. Crafting a Local Economic Development Strategy (AICP)

Strategic economic development is an important element of a vibrant, balanced community. Are you asking: how do you get there from here? Who needs to be involved? What if I don’t know anything about economic development? If you answered yes, this session is for you! Learn how you can create an economic development roadmap which is tailored to local market realities, in line with local economic and fiscal possibilities, and within the capacity of local governments (big or small) to implement. Hear from a regional planner and a local planner who are helping local governments create and implement strategies to keep their economies on track, and how they are engaging the community in crafting and realizing those strategies.

Speakers: Abel Vargas, Business and Economic Development Director, City of Lawrence;
Angela Cleveland, AICP, Senior Economic Development Planner, Merrimack Valley Planning Commission
Moderator: Bruce Hughes, Old Colony Planning Council, CPTC Board

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4. Don’t Forget “Fair” in Planning for Affordable Housing (AICP)

This session will examine conflicts that often arise between planning and zoning for affordable housing and meeting the housing needs of groups protected by the federal Fair Housing Act (FFHA) and state antidiscrimination laws. It will provide a review of fair housing statutory requirements and key judicial decisions, including but not limited to Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. (2015), the “disparate impact” case. Though not a training session on the Assessment of Fair Housing called for in HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule, both that process and its predecessor (still in effect), the Analysis of Impediments, will be touched upon. The focus, however, is on integrating fair housing rights into the process of preparing Chapter 40B Housing Production Plans, workforce housing strategies, and other types of locally initiated housing needs studies.

Speaker: Judi Barrett, Economic Development Director, Plymouth Regional Economic Development Foundation and Principal, Barrett Planning Group LLC

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5. Flood Your Community with Funding Solutions, not Stormwater (AICP)

This workshop will help planners understand not only what climate changes to expect, but also how to proactively plan ahead through reviewing and updating planning tools such as zoning bylaws to encourage climate-smart nature based solutions. We will explore how the town of Millbury is engaging the public and other municipal departments around self-identified issues of stormwater, ADA compliance, and more. Learn how the town planner on best practices for planning, innovative funding sources, and collaborative implementation.

Speakers: Stefanie Covino, Coordinator, Shaping the Future of Your Community Program, Mass Audubon; Laurie Connors, Director of Planning and Development, Town of Millbury
Moderator: E. Heidi Ricci, Senior Policy Analyst, Mass Audubon; CPTC Board member

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6. How to Prepare Effective RFPs for Professional Planning Services (AICP)

Learn how to write a RFP for professional services that complies with Ch. 30B regulations, accurately represents what services and deliverables are desired, and attracts responsive and high-quality proposals. (This Session is presented by the Massachusetts Association. of Consulting Planners.)

Speakers: Daphne Politis, AICP, Principal, Community Circle; Leonardi Aray, AIA, Managing Principal, Leonardi Aray Architects LLC; Sarah L. Raposa, AICP, Town Planner, Medfield
Moderator:  Ralph Willmer, FAICP, Technical Assistance Program (TAP) Manager and Principal Planner, Metropolitan Area Planning Council

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Late Morning Sessions 11:00 - 12:30

7. Roles and Responsibilities of Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals, Part 2 (MIIA, CPTC 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, Planning Consultant; Bob Ritchie, Attorney

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8. Introduction to Subdivision Control/ANR (MIIA, CPTC I)

Learn about the purpose of subdivision control, important procedural requirements, and your responsibilities when reviewing subdivision and ANR plans. Topics to be covered include: adoption of subdivision regulations; endorsing Approval Not Required (ANR) plans; zoning freezes; modifying, amending and rescinding definitive plans; waiving subdivision frontage and regulations; and grandfathered plans and lots.

Speaker: Ilana Quirk, Attorney, KP Law, P.C.
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9. Planning with Community Support (MIIA, AICP, CPTC II)

The session describes how to run a planning process — whether it is for a comprehensive plan/master plan, zoning amendment, or other planning project — that proactively seeks to engage a broad cross-section of the community. In addition to discussing a variety of community outreach and engagement techniques, it will explain how to work with or without consultants to make plans that result in local action.

Speakers: Alison LeFlore, AICP; Nate Kelly, AICP, Horsley Witten Group
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10. Now, what EXACTly are you asking for? (AICP)

This session will explore the dos and don’ts and maybe’s of imposing exactions or mitigation requirements on developers. It will review judicial decisions and case studies, and provide an interactive workshop as session leaders offer some “what exactly are you asking for?” exaction scenarios for participants to discuss.

Speakers: Barbara J. Saint André, Attorney, KPLaw P.C.; Judi Barrett, Economic Development Director, Plymouth Regional Economic Development Foundation and Principal, Barrett Planning Group LLC
Moderator: Michael DiPasquale, AICP AIA, Extension Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

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11. Helping Your Community Get to MVP Status: Climate change & planners (AICP)

Learn about the Commonwealth’s Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program and the role of planners and the municipal team within the process – from applying to receive funds to carrying out workshops and writing the final report. Explore how nature based solutions can solve several of municipality’s challenges of coastal and inland flooding as well as urban heat island effects, droughts, and more. This workshop will feature a planner from a certified MVP community to discuss his experience and best practices as well as learn from our audience.

Speakers: Stefanie Covino, Coordinator, Shaping the Future of Your Community Program, Mass Audubon; Ted Fields, Senior Planner, Town of Natick
Moderator: E. Heidi Ricci, Senior Policy Analyst, Mass Audubon; CPTC Board member

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12. Parking Management (AICP)

It’s tricky to strike the right balance with regulations that create enough turnover of downtown parking spaces, but don’t drive away potential visitors. Join an interactive discussion to learn about where parking meters are appropriate; meter rates and time limits; commercial parking permits for employees; the right number of spaces; and wayfinding programs that direct people to underutilized spaces.

Speakers: Constance Kruger, Amherst Selectperson; Nate Malloy, Amherst Senior Planner

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Really Good Buffet Lunch 12:30 - 1:30

Speaker: Chris Klutchman, FAICP, Director, Housing Choice Program


Afternoon Sessions 1:45 - 3:30

13. Introduction to the Zoning Act (MIIA, CPTC I)

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: Olympia Bowker, Attorney, McGregor & Legere, P.C.
Moderator: Ralph Willmer, FAICP, Technical Assistance Program (TAP) Manager and Principal Planner, Metropolitan Area Planning Council

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14. Writing Reasonable and Defensible Decisions (MIIA, CPTC I)

This session covers some key points that will assist boards in writing clear and defen­sible decisions. It describes criteria that should be contained in local zoning regulations and how these regulations relate to the types of conditions a board may impose when approving a special permit or variance application.

Speaker: Adam J. Costa, Attorney, Mead, Talerman & Costa, LLC.
Moderator:  Bruce Hughes, Old Colony Planning Council, CPTC Board

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15. Municipal Regulation of Adult Use Marijuana (AICP)

In November 2016, Massachusetts voters ap­proved Ballot Question 4, which legalized the use and possession of adult use marijuana. The General Court subsequently made significant changes to the law and passed “An Act to Ensure Save Access to Marijuana,” which became effective on July 28, 2017.   Municipalities will play a significant role in the regulation and siting of adult use marijuana establishments within their communities once the Cannabis Control Commission accepting license applications for these establishments beginning in April, 2018.  This workshop will cover the law relating to local regulation or prohibition of mar­ijuana establishments, the new Cannabis Control Commission regulations pertaining to adult use marijuana licensing, optional local taxation, as well as changes to the regulation of medical marijuana. We will discuss how local communi­ties can work within the framework of the law to properly plan for adult use marijuana.

Speaker: Katherine D. Laughman, Attorney, KP Law, P.C.; Kay Doyle, Cannabis Control Commissioner
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16. From Local Action to the Subsidized Housing Inventory: Make Those Units Count! (AICP)

This session will help participants understand the process and requirements for getting locally initiated affordable housing to “count” on the Chapter 40B Subsidized Housing Inventory. Examples of “locally initiated” units are units created under an inclusionary zoning ordinance or bylaw, or with CPA funds, or with other local resources such as a housing trust fund. The session will provide a detailed overview of the procedures for qualifying Local Action Units (LAUs) under DHCD’s guidelines, review key similarities and differences between LAUs, Local Initiative Program (LIP) units, and “conventional” Chapter 40B comprehensive permit units. Roles and responsibilities of local officials, developers, lottery and monitoring personnel, and DHCD will be examined.

Speakers: Judi Barrett, Economic Development Director, Plymouth Regional Economic Development Foundation and Principal, Barrett Planning Group LLC,; Laura Shufelt, Assistant Director for Community Assistance, Massachusetts Housing Partnership
Moderator: Phil DeMartino, Technical Assistance Program Coordinator, Department of Housing & Community Development

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17. Complete Streets (AICP)

Learn how two communities developed their Complete Streets policies, the strategies employed to gain support for the policies, and the steps taken toward implementation of the program.

Speakers: Aaron Clausen, Beverly Director of Planning & Development; Eric Johnson, City Engineer, Framingham DPW; Erika Jerram, Deputy Director of Framingham Community & Economic Development

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18. Planning Commission Video Series – Three 30 minute videos (MIIA, AICP)

Preparing for Planning Commission Meetings: Staff Reports Learn tips for effective, clear communication, preparing graphic information, and what should - and should not - appear in a staff report.
Managing the Planning Commission Meeting: Public meetings are critical to planning. Seasoned veterans share their experience in how to create an agenda, keep the meeting focused, allow for robust citizen engagement, and maintain a welcoming, civil, and ethical process.
Legal Decision Making for Planning Commissioners:
Legal, defensible decision making is central to commission meetings. Legal experts discuss findings of fact, making the record, and the legal context for planning

Facilitator:  Brian Currie, AICP

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Details | Credits (MIIA, AICP, CPTC I & II) | Registration