2020 Fall E-Workshops

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The 2020 Fall E-Workshops

The CPTC Fall E-Workshops open for registration are listed below. More will be added as they are opened. Workshops are about 2 hours long and include electronic handouts covering the subject. Workshop credit is indicated by CPTP.

Registration must done online. We encourage online payment however we will accept checks. Be aware there will be lengthy delays in processing checks. More information is at the bottom of this page regarding checks, refunds and registraion.

2. Roles and Responsibilities of Planning & Zoning Boards

  • Date: Wednesday, October 28, 4:30-6:30 PM
  • Credits: CPTC Certificate Level I
  • Cost: $20 - Fall E-Workshop

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 the main tools of planning and zoning. This session will also include an introductory discussion of the Open Meeting, Public Records, and the Conflict of Interest Laws.

Speakers:

  • Thomas Bott, Town of Falmouth

Sponsor:

  • Berkshire Regional Planning Commission

3. Creating Master Plans

  • Date: Thursday, October 29, 6:30-8:30 PM
  • Credits:
  • Cost: $20 - Fall E-Workshop

Local officials will learn why and how to prepare, adopt, and implement the master or comprehensive plan described in MGL Chapter 41, Section 81D. The session will identify the sections of a master/comprehensive plan and specific steps by which the plan will be carried out.

Speakers:

  • Wayne Feiden, FAICP, City of Northampton

Sponsor:

  • Cape Cod Commission

4. Drafting Zoning Amendments

  • Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 6:00-8:00PM
  • Credits:
  • Cost: $20 - Fall E-Workshop - Register

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 remains 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.

Speakers:

  • Adam Costa, Mead, Talerman & Costa, LLC

Sponsor:

  • Metropolitan Area Planning Council

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5. Roles & Responsibilities of Planning Boards & Zoning Boards

  • Date: Tuesday, November 10, 6:00-8:00
  • Credits: CPTC Certificate Level I
  • Cost: $20 - Fall E-Workshop - Register

Speakers:

  • Amy E. Kwesell, Attorney, KP Law

Sponsor:

  • Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission

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6. Use of Design Review

  • Date: Thurs, November 12, 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Credits:
  • Cost: $20 - Fall E-Workshop - Register

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.

Speakers:

  • Ken Buckland, Town of Wareham

Sponsor:

  • Northern Middlesex Council of Governments

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7. Fair Housing

  • Date: Monday, November 16, 6:30-8:30 PM
  • Credits:
  • Cost: $20 - Fall E-Workshop - Register

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.

Speakers:

  • Judi Barrett, Barrett Planning Group

Sponsor:

  • Pioneer Valley Planning Commission
  • Citizen Planner Training Collaborative

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8. Planning with Community Support

  • Date: Wednesday, November 18, 6:30-8:30 PM
  • Credits: CPTC Certificate, Level II (Planning Boards Only)
  • Cost: $20 - Fall E-Workshop - Register

The course describes how to conduct a planning process, with an emphasis on a comprehensive or master plan that will ultimately have the support of the community. A variety of public participation strategies will be examined, including plan implementation processes. The course will cover how to design the community engagement process.

Speakers:

  • Ezra Glenn, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sponsor:

  • Old Colony Planning Council

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9. The Next Chapter of 40B

  • Date: Tuesday, December 1, 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Credits:
  • Cost: $20 - Fall E-Workshop - Register

Topics will include the following: reviewing the initial application for compliance with 40B eligibility and submission requirements; noticing and conducting the required public hearing; scheduling a site visit; retaining Peer Review consultants; securing sufficient project information to make an informed decision; holding deliberation sessions; drafting and issuing the Comprehensive Permit decision; and managing the Comprehensive Permit.

Speakers:

  • Judi Barrett, Barrett Planning Group

Sponsor:

  • Montachusett Regional Planning Commission

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10. Roles and Responsibilities of Planning & Zoning Boards

  • Date: Wednesday, December 2, 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Credits: CPTC Certificate Level I
  • Cost: $20 - Fall E-Workshop - Register

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 the main tools of planning and zoning. This session will also include an introductory discussion of the Open Meeting, Public Records, and the Conflict of Interest Laws.

Speakers:

  • Bob Mitchell, FAICP, Consultant

Sponsor:

  • Franklin Regional Council of Governments
  • Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

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11. Drafting Zoning Amendments

  • Date: Monday, December 7, 3:00-5:00 PM
  • Credits:
  • Cost: $20 - Fall E-Workshop - Register

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.

Speakers:

  • Brian Currie, AICP, Consultant

Sponsor:

  • Merrimack Valley Planning Commission
  • Citizen Planner Training Collaborative

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12. Adopting and Revising Rules and Regulations of Boards

  • Date: Wednesday, December 9, 6:00-8:00PM
  • Credits:
  • Cost: $20 - Fall E-Workshop - Register

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.

Speakers:

  • Jonathan Silverstein, Attorney, KP Law

Sponsor:

  • Metropolitan Area Planning Council

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13. Vested Rights and Nonconforming Uses and Structures

  • Date: Monday, December 14, 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Credits: CPTC Certificate Level II
  • Cost: $20 - Fall E-Workshop - Register

The course will cover the issue of vested rights under zoning and subdivision law, why they exist, and how they affect the work of the Zoning Boards of Appeals and Planning Boards. Participants will learn what the Zoning Act says about vested rights and the way it occurs. This session will answer the question regarding whether nonconforming structures and uses can change and if so, how much. Finally, the course will address how judicial decisions shape the way provisions of the Zoning Act are interpreted today.

Speakers:

  • Barbara Saint Andre, Town of Medway

Sponsor:

  • Metropolitan Area Planning Council

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14. Special Permits & Variances

  • Date: Thursday, December 17, 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Credits: CPTC Certificate Level II
  • Cost: $20 - Fall E-Workshop - Register

Participants will learn about the difference between special permits and variances; the issues and criteria for decision-making; and procedural requirements. Additionally, the course will discuss who has the authority to issue special permits and variances and how judicial decisions guide the way we work with them.

Speakers:

  • Ilana Quirk, Attorney

Sponsor:

  • Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District

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Payment by Check

If you cannot make payment online you can mail in a check. Checks can be received after the workshop. The check must include the name of the participant(s) and workshop name. Due to limited access to our office checks may take 60 to 90 days to process. Mail checks to:
CPTC c/o Urban Harbors Institute, UMass Boston
100 Morrissey Boulevard,
Boston, MA 02125

Refunds

If cannot attend a workshop you can receive a refund by notiying us by email at least 48 hours before the workshop begins. If you paid online the refund will be processed within 3 days. If you paid by check it may take up to 90 days to process your refund. Please include your name, the workshop name, the email address you used to register and the method of payment. Email coordinator@masscptc.org

Registration

Registration is through our new registration system. If you have previously used the registration system, login with your email and password. New participants 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