2019 Fall Workshops

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The 2019 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 (print the brochure) . Workshop credit is indicated by CPTC, MIIA, AICP.

Online registration payment can be made with a credit card or by mailing a check. Mail in registration can only be paid by check. Mail checks to the address a the bottom of this page.

We are implementing a new registration system. You will be asked to create a new account with an email address and password. Use the email address at which you wish to contacted. Retain the password as you will need it each time you log in. If you run into problems registering contact webmaster@masscptc.org

1. Special Permits and Variances (MIIA, CPTC)

  • Participants will learn the difference between special permits and variances, who has authority to grant special permits and variances, the issues and criteria for decision-making, timeliness, procedural requirements, and how do judicial decisions guide the way one work with special permits and variances.
  • Instructor: Ilana Quirk, Attorney, Freeman Law Group, LLC
  • Location: Chatham Town Annex, 261 George Ryder Road, Chatham, MA 02633
  • Date: Thursday, October 17, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Sponsor: Cape Cod Commission

2. Special Permits and Variances (MIIA, CPTC)

  • Participants will learn the difference between special permits and variances, who has authority to grant special permits and variances, the issues and criteria for decision-making, timeliness, procedural requirements, and how do judicial decisions guide the way one work with special permits and variances.
  • Instructor: Jonathan Silverstein, Attorney, KP Law
  • Location: West Newbury Town Hall, 381 Main Street, West Newbury, MA 01985
  • Date: Wednesday, October 23, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Sponsor: Merrimack Valley Planning Commission

3. Drafting Zoning Amendments (AICP)

  • While regular review and amendment of a municipality’s zoning ordinance or bylaw in response to changing needs and circumstances is essential to ensuring that it remain up-to date, the process can be tricky. This course will provide a step-by-step roadmap on how to adopt and amend zoning codes in accordance with the strict requirements of G.L. 40A Section 5. Local officials and staff will gain an understanding of what type and scope of amendments are permissible; the relationship between zoning and other municipal planning documents; and the essential role of the Planning Board in the process. Tips for drafting zoning amendments and strategies for successfully getting them passed will also be addressed. C | 1.5
  • Instructor: Adam Costa, Attorney, Mead, Talerman & Costa LLC
  • Location: NMCOG, 40 Church Street, Suite 200, Lowell, MA 01852
  • Date: Thursday, October 24, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Sponsor: Northern Middlesex Council of Governments

4. Adopting and Revising Rules and Regulations (AICP)

  • Boards of appeal and planning boards frequently choose to, or are required to, adopt rules and regulations governing process, procedure and even the substance of their application reviews. While such documents are an important source of authority for boards, they also make life easier for board members and applicants by providing a clear road map for a fair and predictable process. This session will clarify which types of zoning, non-zoning, and subdivision rules and regulations are mandatory and which are voluntary; describe what they can and cannot cover; and explain how they get adopted and amended. The regulatory framework for establishing fees and using consultants will also be discussed. C | 1.5
  • Instructor: Larry Smith, Consultant
  • Location: PVPC, 2nd Floor Large Conference Room, 60 Congress Street, Springfield, MA 01104
  • Date: Thursday, October 24, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Sponsor: Pioneer Valley Planning Council

5. Zoning with Overlay Districts (AICP)

  • Overlay zoning is a popular and useful tool allowing municipalities to implement land use policies and strategies with greater flexibility than traditional zoning, without the necessity of amending the underlying zoning. This course illustrates the various types of overlay districts, explains how they differ from traditional zoning measures, and describes the form and contents of an overlay district. Discussion will allow participants to explore the potential pros and cons of overlay vs. traditional zoning. C | 1.5
  • Instructor: Barbara Saint Andre, Attorney, Town of Medway
  • Location: Harwich Town Hall,732 Main St, Harwich, MA 02645
  • Date: Tuesday, October 29, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
  • Sponsor: Cape Cod Commission

6. Use of Design Review (AICP)

  • Design review is a process that municipalities can undertake to improve the visual quality of structures and promote good design for the benefit of the public. This session will clarify the appropriate scope and authority for the use of design guidelines, the types of standards that can be implemented, and how that can be accomplished. The session will also explain how design review guidelines can be developed, administered, and enforced in a fair and predictable manner. C | 1.5
  • Instructor: Brian Currie, AICP, Consultant
  • Location: SRPEDD, Conference Room, 88 Broadway, Taunton, MA 02780
  • Date: Tuesday, October 29, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
  • Sponsor: Southeastern Regional Planning & Economic Development District

7. Zoning with Overlay Districts (AICP)

  • Overlay zoning is a popular and useful tool allowing municipalities to implement land use policies and strategies with greater flexibility than traditional zoning, without the necessity of amending the underlying zoning. This course illustrates the various types of overlay districts, explains how they differ from traditional zoning measures, and describes the form and contents of an overlay district. Discussion will allow participants to explore the potential pros and cons of overlay vs. traditional zoning. C | 1.5
  • Instructor: Jim Robbins, Town Planner, Town of Westborough
  • Location: CMRPC, Revere Room, 1 Mercantile Street, Worcester, MA 01608
  • Date: Tuesday, October 29, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Sponsor: Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission

8. Adopting and Revising Rules and Regulations (AICP)

  • Boards of appeal and planning boards frequently choose to, or are required to, adopt rules and regulations governing process, procedure and even the substance of their application reviews. While such documents are an important source of authority for boards, they also make life easier for board members and applicants by providing a clear road map for a fair and predictable process. This session will clarify which types of zoning, non-zoning, and subdivision rules and regulations are mandatory and which are voluntary; describe what they can and cannot cover; and explain how they get adopted and amended. The regulatory framework for establishing fees and using consultants will also be discussed. C | 1.5
  • Instructor: Carolyn Murray, Attorney, KP Law
  • Location: OCPC, 70 School Street, Brockton, MA 02301
  • Date: Wednesday, October 30, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
  • Sponsor: Old Colony Planning Council

9. Fair Housing (AICP)

  • Fair housing laws regulate the development, leasing, buying, and selling of real estate, as well as state and municipal housing programs, and aspects of municipal land use. This module will describe how land use regulations have been (and continue to be) used to exclude groups from specific neighborhoods and properties, and provide a detailed overview of federal and state laws intended to prevent discrimination and promote equity in housing. A special focus will be on the role of the municipality in enforcing a commitment to fair housing, and the potential consequences of not doing so. < C | 1.5/li>
  • Instructor: Judi Barrett, Barrett Planning Group, LLC
  • Location: SRPEDD, Conference Room, 88 Broadway, Taunton, MA 02780
  • Date: Wednesday, October 30, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Sponsor: Southeastern Regional Planning & Economic Development District

10. Fair Housing (AICP)

  • Fair housing laws regulate the development, leasing, buying, and selling of real estate, as well as state and municipal housing programs, and aspects of municipal land use. This module will describe how land use regulations have been (and continue to be) used to exclude groups from specific neighborhoods and properties, and provide a detailed overview of federal and state laws intended to prevent discrimination and promote equity in housing. A special focus will be on the role of the municipality in enforcing a commitment to fair housing, and the potential consequences of not doing so. C | 1.5
  • Instructor: Judi Barrett, Barrett Planning Group, LLC
  • Location: CMRPC, Revere Room, 1 Mercantile Street, Worcester, MA 01608
  • Date: Monday, November 4, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Sponsor: Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission

11. Fair Housing (AICP)

  • Fair housing laws regulate the development, leasing, buying, and selling of real estate, as well as state and municipal housing programs, and aspects of municipal land use. This module will describe how land use regulations have been (and continue to be) used to exclude groups from specific neighborhoods and properties, and provide a detailed overview of federal and state laws intended to prevent discrimination and promote equity in housing. A special focus will be on the role of the municipality in enforcing a commitment to fair housing, and the potential consequences of not doing so. C | 1.5
  • Instructor: Nate Kelly, AICP, Horsley Witten Group
  • Location: OCPC, 70 School Street, Brockton, MA 02301
  • Date: Wednesday, November 6, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
  • Sponsor: Old Colony Planning Council

12. Writing Fair, Defensible Decisions (MIIA, CPTC)

  • 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: Robin Stein, Attorney, KP Law
  • Location: Newburyport City Hall, Auditorium, 60 Pleasant Street, Newburyport, MA 01950
  • Date: Thursday, November 7, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Sponsor: Merrimack Valley Planning Commissio
  • Register

13. Drafting Zoning Amendments (AICP)

  • While regular review and amendment of a municipality’s zoning ordinance or bylaw in response to changing needs and circumstances is essential to ensuring that it remain up-to date, the process can be tricky. This course will provide a step-by-step roadmap on how to adopt and amend zoning codes in accordance with the strict requirements of G.L. 40A Section 5. Local officials and staff will gain an understanding of what type and scope of amendments are permissible; the relationship between zoning and other municipal planning documents; and the essential role of the Planning Board in the process. Tips for drafting zoning amendments and strategies for successfully getting them passed will also be addressed. C | 1.5
  • Instructor: Cornelius J. Hoss, AICP, City Planner, City of Pittsfield
  • Location: BRPC, 1 Fenn Street, Suite 201, Pittsfield, MA 01201
  • Date: Thursday, November 7, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Sponsor: Berkshire Regional Planning Commission
  • Register

14. Planning With Community Support (MIIA, CPTC)

  • The 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 implementation process. It will explain how to work with or without consultants to make plans that result in local action
  • Instructor: Alison Leflore, AICP, Stantec
  • Location: Endicott Estate, 656 East Street, Dedham, MA 02026
  • Date: Thursday, November 7, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
  • Sponsor: Metropolitan Area Planning Council
  • Register

15. Zoning with Overlay Districts AICP)

  • Overlay zoning is a popular and useful tool allowing municipalities to implement land use policies and strategies with greater flexibility than traditional zoning, without the necessity of amending the underlying zoning. This course illustrates the various types of overlay districts, explains how they differ from traditional zoning measures, and describes the form and contents of an overlay district. Discussion will allow participants to explore the potential pros and cons of overlay vs. traditional zoning. C | 1.5
  • Instructor: Erin Wortman, Director of Planning & Community Development, Town of Stoneham
  • Location: NMCOG, 40 Church Street, Suite 200, Lowell, MA 01852
  • Date: Tuesday, November 12, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Sponsor: Northern Middlesex Council of Governments
  • Register

16. Drafting Zoning Amendments (AICP)

  • While regular review and amendment of a municipality’s zoning ordinance or bylaw in response to changing needs and circumstances is essential to ensuring that it remain up-to date, the process can be tricky. This course will provide a step-by-step roadmap on how to adopt and amend zoning codes in accordance with the strict requirements of G.L. 40A Section 5. Local officials and staff will gain an understanding of what type and scope of amendments are permissible; the relationship between zoning and other municipal planning documents; and the essential role of the Planning Board in the process. Tips for drafting zoning amendments and strategies for successfully getting them passed will also be addressed. C | 1.5
  • Instructor: Brian Currie, AICP, Consultant
  • Location: Cohasset Town Hall, 41 Highland Avenue, Cohasset, MA 02025
  • Date: Thursday, November 14, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
  • Sponsor: Metropolitan Area Planning Council
  • Register

17. Fair Housing (AICP)

  • Fair housing laws regulate the development, leasing, buying, and selling of real estate, as well as state and municipal housing programs, and aspects of municipal land use. This module will describe how land use regulations have been (and continue to be) used to exclude groups from specific neighborhoods and properties, and provide a detailed overview of federal and state laws intended to prevent discrimination and promote equity in housing. A special focus will be on the role of the municipality in enforcing a commitment to fair housing, and the potential consequences of not doing so. C | 1.5
  • Instructor: Jenny Raitt, Director, Planning & Community Development, Town of Arlington
  • Location: MRPC, 464 Abbott Avenue, Leominster, MA 01453
  • Date: Thursday, November 14, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
  • Sponsor: Montachusett Regional Planning Commission
  • Register

18. Writing Fair, Defensible Decisions (MIIA, CPTC)

  • 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: Wayne Feiden, FAICP, City of Northampton
  • Location: FRCOG, 12 Olive Street, Suite 2, Greenfield, MA 01301
  • Date: Tuesday, November 19, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Sponsors: Franklin Regional Council of Governments
  • Register

19. Zoning with Overlay Districts (AICP)

  • Overlay zoning is a popular and useful tool allowing municipalities to implement land use policies and strategies with greater flexibility than traditional zoning, without the necessity of amending the underlying zoning. This course illustrates the various types of overlay districts, explains how they differ from traditional zoning measures, and describes the form and contents of an overlay district. Discussion will allow participants to explore the potential pros and cons of overlay vs. traditional zoning. C | 1.5
  • Instructor: Adam Costa, Attorney, Mead, Talerman & Costa LLC
  • Location: MRPC, 464 Abbott Avenue, Leominster, MA 01453
  • Date: Thursday, November 21, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
  • Sponsor: Montachusett Regional Planning Commission
  • Register

20. Zoning with Overlay Districts (AICP)

  • Overlay zoning is a popular and useful tool allowing municipalities to implement land use policies and strategies with greater flexibility than traditional zoning, without the necessity of amending the underlying zoning. This course illustrates the various types of overlay districts, explains how they differ from traditional zoning measures, and describes the form and contents of an overlay district. Discussion will allow participants to explore the potential pros and cons of overlay vs. traditional zoning. C | 1.5
  • Instructor: Jessica Allan, AICP, Project Associate, MBL Housing and Development
  • Location: PVPC, 2nd Floor Large Conference Room, 60 Congress Street, Springfield, MA 01104
  • Date: Thursday, November 21 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Sponsor: Pioneer Valley Planning Commission
  • Register

21. Special Permits and Variances (MIIA, CPTC)

  • Participants will learn the difference between special permits and variances, who has authority to grant special permits and variances, the issues and criteria for decision-making, timeliness, procedural requirements, and how do judicial decisions guide the way one work with special permits and variances.
  • Instructor: Jonathan Silverstein, Attorney, KP Law
  • Location: Chelsea Senior Center, 10 Riley Way, Chelsea, MA 02150. Use City Hall as GPS address, as there are two Riley Way Ways in Chelsea. The Senior Citizen Center is across the Street from City Hall
  • Date: Wednesday, December 4, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Sponsor: Metropolitan Area Planning Council
  • Register

22. Zoning with Overlay Districts (AIPC)

  • Overlay zoning is a popular and useful tool allowing municipalities to implement land use policies and strategies with greater flexibility than traditional zoning, without the necessity of amending the underlying zoning. This course illustrates the various types of overlay districts, explains how they differ from traditional zoning measures, and describes the form and contents of an overlay district. Discussion will allow participants to explore the potential pros and cons of overlay vs. traditional zoning. C | 1.5
  • Instructor: Cornelius J. Hoss, AICP, City Planner, City of Pittsfield
  • Location: BRPC, 1 Fenn Street, Suite 201, Pittsfield, MA 01201
  • Date: Thursday, December 5, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Sponsor: Berkshire Regional Planning Commission
  • Register

23. Zoning with Overlay Districts (AICP)

  • Overlay zoning is a popular and useful tool allowing municipalities to implement land use policies and strategies with greater flexibility than traditional zoning, without the necessity of amending the underlying zoning. This course illustrates the various types of overlay districts, explains how they differ from traditional zoning measures, and describes the form and contents of an overlay district. Discussion will allow participants to explore the potential pros and cons of overlay vs. traditional zoning. C | 1.5
  • Instructor: Larry Smith, Consultant
  • Location: FRCOG, 12 Olive Street, Suite 2, Greenfield, MA 01301
  • Date: Tuesday, December 10, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Sponsors: Franklin Regional Council of Government
  • Register