2018 Fall Workshops

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The 2018 Fall Workshops

The CPTC Fall Workshops are listed below. Workshops are about 2 hours long and include handouts covering the subject. Please arrive 15 minutes before the workshop begins. The cost is $35 per workshop. Register online or by mail - view/print brochure. Workshop credit is indicated CPTC I & II, MIIA, AICP.

1. Understanding PVPC’s Model Adult Use Recreational Marijuana Zoning Bylaw/Ordinance, (MIIA & AICP)

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2. Site Plan Review (MIIA & AICP)

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3. Planning with Community Support (MIIA AICP)

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4. Site Plan Review (MIIA & AICP)

  • Closed

5. Introduction To Subdivision Control Law and ANR (CPTC I, MIIA)

  • Cancelled
  • Location: MRPC, Doyle Center, 464 Abbott Avenue, Leominster
  • Date: Wed. 10/24/2018, 6:00-8:00 PM, Register
  • Sponsor: Montachusett Regional Planning Commission

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

  • This course 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.
  • Instructor: Barbara Saint Andre, Esq., Town of Medway
  • Location: Harwich Community Center, Multi-Purpose Room, 100 Oak Street, Harwich
  • Date: Thurs.10/25/2018,7:00-9:00 PM, Register
  • Sponsor: Cape Cod Commission

7. Introduction To Subdivision Control Law and ANR (CPTC I, MIIA)

  • Addresses the purposes of the Subdivision Con¬trol Law, important procedural requirements and board responsibilities when reviewing sub¬division and ANR plans; adoption of subdivision regulations; review of ANR plans; access issues; preliminary and definitive plans; Planning Board waivers; modifying, amending, and rescinding plans; enforcement; vested rights and zoning freezes.
  • Instructor: Jonathan M. Silverstein, Attorney, KP Law
  • Location: North Reading High School, Distance Learning Lab, 189 Park Street, North Reading
  • Date: Thurs.10/25/2018, 7:00-9:00 PM, Register
  • Sponsor: Metropolitan Area Planning Council

8. How to Read A Subdivision Plan (MIIA)

  • This session explains how topography, roads, lot lines, wetlands, drainage, and utilities are delin¬eated on a plan. The information presented will aid boards with the decision-making and negotiating process.
  • Instructor: Joseph Peznola, PE, Hancock Associates
  • Location: NMCOG, 40 Church Street, Suite 200, Lowell
  • Date: Mon. 10/29/2018, 7:00-9:00 PM, Register
  • Sponsor: Northern Middlesex Council of Governments

9. Roles and Responsibilities of Planning & Zoning Boards, Part 1 (CPTC I, MIIA)

  • Join us if you are a new Board member or building inspector. This program will launch you into your role as a local official, introduce you to the functions of the two boards, and teach you the main tools of planning and zoning.
  • Instructor: Thomas Bott, AICP, Town of Falmouth
  • Location: SRPEDD, 88 Broadway, Taunton
  • Date: Mon. 10/29/2018, 6:00-8:00 PM, Register
  • Sponsor: Southeast Regional Planning & Economic Development District

10. Planning with Community Support (MIIA & AICP)

  • This course describes how to run a planning process - whether it is for a comprehensive plan or master plan - that will have the support of the community with the amendment and imple-mentation process. It will explain how to work with or without consultants to make plans that result in local action. CM I 1.5
  • Instructor: Judi Barrett, Barrett Planning LLC
  • Location: Orleans Town Hall, Skaket Room, 19 School Road, Orleans
  • Date: Tues. 10/30/2018, 7:00-9:00 PM, Register
  • Sponsor: Cape Cod Commission

11. Planning with Community Support (MIIA & AICP)

  • This course describes how to run a planning process - whether it is for a comprehensive plan or master plan - that will have the support of the community with the amendment and imple-mentation process. It will explain how to work with or without consultants to make plans that result in local action. CM I 1.5
  • Instructor; Judi Barrett, Barrett Planning LLC
  • Location; OCPC, 70 School Street, Brockton
  • Date; Wed. 10/31/2018, 7:00-9:00 PM, Register
  • Sponsor; Old Colony Planning Council

12. Roles and Responsibilities of Planning & Zoning Boards, Part 1 (CPTC I, MIIA)

  • Join us if you are a new Board member or build¬ing inspector. This program will launch you into your role as a local official, introduce you to the functions of the two boards, and teach you the main tools of planning and zoning.
  • Instructor: Ralph Willmer, FAICP, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
  • Location: Hingham Town Hall, Central North Room, 2nd Floor, 210 Central St, Hingham
  • Date: Thurs. 11/1/2018, 7:00-9:00 PM, Register
  • Sponsor: Metropolitan Area Planning Council

13. Writing Village Center Bylaws (MIIA & AICP)

  • Village Centers rely on historic development patterns to grow in a consistent and visually appealing manner. The intent of writing a Village Center Bylaw is to move on a path towards forming a more vibrant, mixed-use, and walkable community. Village Center Bylaws or Village Center Overlay District Bylaws are tools that Planning Boards can consider to promote these uses. This workshop will walk you through the process, the benefits, and show you successful efforts across the Commonwealth. CM I 1.5
  • Instructor: Judi Barrett, Barrett Planning LLC
  • Location: CMRPC, 1 Mercantile St., Revere Room, 1st Floor, Worcester
  • Date: Mon. 11/5/2018 Cancelled, Rescheduled to Mon. 11/29/2018, 7:00 - 9:00 pm as Workshop #24, See #24 below to register
  • Sponsor: Central MA Regional Planning Commission

14. Roles and Responsibilities of Planning & Zoning Boards, Part 2 (CPTC I, MIIA)

  • This session is designed to discuss more advanced topics for new Board members or building inspectors. Part 2 will focus on the Open Meeting, Public Records, and the Conflict of Interest Laws.
  • Instructor: Amy E. Kwesell, Attorney, KP Law
  • Location: SRPEDD, 88 Broadway, Taunton
  • Date: Mon. 11/5/2018, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Register
  • Sponsor: Southeast Regional Planning & Economic Development District

15. How To Hold A Perfect Public Hearing (MIIA)

  • This session covers legal and procedural require¬ments for conducting a public hearing. It also contains video clips to assist boards in avoiding constructive approvals, easing tension between parties over controversial projects, and calming chaotic hearings.
  • Instructor: Brian Currie, AICP, Consultant
  • Location: CMRPC, 1 Mercantile St., Revere Room, 1st Floor, Worcester
  • Date: Wed. 11/7/2018, 7:00-9:00 PM, Register
  • Sponsor: Central MA Regional Planning Commission

16. Special Permits and Variances (CPTC II, MIIA)

  • Participants will learn the difference between special permits and variances, the issues and criteria for decision-making, timeliness, and procedural requirements.
  • Instructor: Pamela Brown, FAICP, Attorney, Brown & Brown PC
  • Location: MRPC, Doyle Center, 464 Abbott Avenue, Leominster
  • Date: Wed. 11/7/2018, 6:00-8:00 PM, Register
  • Sponsor: Montachusett Regional Planning Commission

17. Introduction To Subdivision Control Law and ANR (CPTC I, MIIA)

  • Addresses the purposes of the Subdivision Control Law, important procedural requirements and board responsibilities when reviewing subdivision and ANR plans; adoption of subdivision regulations; review of ANR plans; access issues; preliminary and definitive plans; Planning Board waivers; modifying, amending, and rescinding plans; enforcement; vested rights and zoning freezes.
  • Instructor: Carolyn Murray, Attorney, KP Law
  • Location: BRPC, 1 Fenn Street, Suite 201, Pittsfield
  • Date: Thurs.11/8/2018, 6:00-8:00 PM, Register
  • Sponsor: Berkshire Regional Planning Agency

18. How to Read A Subdivision Plan (MIIA)

  • This session explains how topography, roads, lot lines, wetlands, drainage, and utilities are delineated on a plan. The information presented will aid boards with the decision making and negotiating process.
  • Instructor: Joseph Peznola, PE Hancock Associates
  • Location: OCPC, 70 School Street, Brockton
  • Date: Tues. 11/13/2018, 7:00-9:00 PM, Register
  • Sponsor: Old Colony Planning Council

19. Introduction to the Zoning Act (CPTC I, 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.
  • Instructor: Robin Stein, Attorney, KP Law
  • Location: Newburyport City Hall, 2nd floor Auditorium, 60 Pleasant Street, Newburyport
  • Date: Wed. 11/14/2018, 7:00-9:00 PM, Register
  • Sponsor: Merrimack Valley Planning Commission

20. Special Permits and Variances (CPTC II, MIIA)

  • Participants will learn the difference between special permits and variances, the issues and criteria for decision making, timeliness, and procedural requirements.
  • Instructor: Jonathan M. Silverstein, Attorney, KP Law
  • Location: Chelsea Senior Center, directly across from Chelsea City Hall- GPS use City Hall Ave, Chelsea
  • Date: Thurs. 11/15/2018, 7:00-9:00 PM, Register
  • Sponsor: Metropolitan Area Planning Council

21. Site Plan review (MIIA & AICP)

  • The Zoning Act does not contain any provisions for the review of site plans; however, the process can be a very effective tool for planners and boards to review the details, aesthetics, and impacts of a potential project. This course explains the difference between site plan approval and special permits, the review process, the types of conditions that can be imposed on a decision, reasons for disapproval, the appeal process, and the types of information a town can require to be shown on a site plan. CM I 1.5
  • Instructor: Pamela Brown, FAICP, Attorney, Brown & Brown PC
  • Location: NMCOG, 40 Church Street, Suite 200, Lowell
  • Date; Mon. 11/19/2018, 7:00-9:00 PM, Register
  • Sponsor: Middlesex Council of Governments

22. Introduction To Subdivision Control Law and ANR (CPTC I, MIIA)

  • Addresses the purposes of the Subdivision Con¬trol Law, important procedural requirements and board responsibilities when reviewing sub¬division and ANR plans; adoption of subdivision regulations; review of ANR plans; access issues; preliminary and definitive plans; Planning Board waivers; modifying, amending, and rescinding plans; enforcement; vested rights and zoning freezes.
  • Instructor: Adam Costa, Attorney, Mead, Talerman & Costa, LLC
  • Location: FRCOG, JW Olver Transit Center, 12 Olive Street, 1st Floor Conference Room, Greenfield
  • Date: Tues. 11/20/2018, 6:00-8:00 PM, Register
  • Sponsor: Franklin Regional Council of Governments

23. Zoning Exemptions (CPTC II, MIIA)

  • Section 3 of the Zoning Act provide certain exemptions for agricultural, educational, childcare and religious uses, as well as state and federal lands and uses, from local zoning regulations. This course explains these exemptions, how they relate to the Fair Housing Act and identify under which circumstances municipalities can enact and impose zoning regulations.
  • Instructor: Donald R. Dubendorf, Attorney, Dubendorf Law
  • Location: BRPC, 1 Fenn Street, Suite 201, Pittsfield
  • Date: Thurs. 12/13/2018, 6:00-8:00 PM, Register
  • Sponsor: Berkshire Regional Planning Agency

24. Writing Village Center Bylaws (MIIA & AICP)

  • Village Centers rely on historic development patterns to grow in a consistent and visually appealing manner. The intent of writing a Village Center Bylaw is to move on a path towards forming a more vibrant, mixed-use, and walkable community. Village Center Bylaws or Village Center Overlay District Bylaws are tools that Planning Boards can consider to promote these uses. This workshop will walk you through the process, the benefits, and show you successful efforts across the Commonwealth. CM I 1.5
  • Instructor: Judi Barrett, Barrett Planning LLC
  • Location: CMRPC, 1 Mercantile St., Revere Room, 1st Floor, Worcester
  • Date: Mon. 11/29/2018, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Register
  • Sponsor: Central MA Regional Planning Commission