CPTC Webinar Series - 2021

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The CPTC Webinar Series is a series of workshops focused on core topics that will be offered beginning in November of 2021. Each workshop is sponsored by a regional planning agency. The fee is $20 per workshop. The workshops run for approximately 2 hours, including a question and answer period. This series replaces our traditional Fall Workshops this year.

Registration is open. CPTC registration closes 48 hours before the workshop begins. We will email the Zoom registration link approximately 24 hours before the class begins. Access requires a brief Zoom registration for attendance purposes. We encourage online payment however we will accept checks. More information is at the bottom of this page regarding checks, refunds and registration.

Upcoming Workshops

1. Fair Housing Laws - 211110

  • Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 6:30 pm
  • Cost: $20
  • Registration: 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.

  • Presenter: Jenny Raitt, Director of Planning & Community Development, Town of Arlington
  • Sponsor: Pioneer Valley Planning Commission
  • Register

2. Fair, Defensible Land Use Decisions - 211115

  • Date: Monday, November 15, 2021, 6:00 pm
  • Cost: $20
  • Credit: CPTC level 1
  • Registration: Register

This course covers some key points that will assist boards in writing clear and defensible decisions and why that is important. It describes criteria that should be contained in local zoning provisions and how they relate to the drafting of the decision and the conditions a board may impose when approving a special permit or variance application. This session covers legal and procedural requirements for conducting a public hearing and the ramifications of failure to follow procedural regulations in the decision-making process.

  • Presenter: Ilana M. Quirk, Esq.
  • Sponsor: Berkshire Regional Planning Commission
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3. Adopting and Revising Rules and Regulations - 211117

  • Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 5:30 pm
  • Cost: $20
  • Registration: 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.

  • Presenter: Laura Harbottle, AICP, Planning Consultant
  • Sponsor: Franklin Regional Council of Governments
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4. Drafting Zoning Amendments - 211118

  • Date: Thursday, November 18, 2021, 6:00 pm
  • Cost: $20
  • Registration: 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.

  • Presenter: Jonathan Silverstein, Attorney, KP Law
  • Sponsor: Central MA Regional Planning Commission
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5. Adopting and Revising Rules and Regulations - 211123

  • Date: Tuesday, November 23, 2021, 6:00 pm
  • Cost: $20
  • Registration: 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.

  • Presenter: Pam Brown, Esq., FAICP, Brown & Brown, PC
  • Sponsor: Merrimack Valley Planning Commission
  • Register

6. Introduction to Subdivision Control Law/ANR - 211129

  • Date: Monday, November 29, 2021, 6:00 pm
  • Cost: $20
  • Credit: CPTC level 1
  • Registration: Register

This session addresses the purposes of the Subdivision Control Law and the Planning Board’s authority under the Act. It also covers 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.

  • Presenter: Robin Stein, Attorney, KP Law
  • Sponsor: Old Colony Planning Council
  • Register

7. Fair, Defensible Land Use Decisions - 211202

  • Date: Thursday, December 2, 2021, 6:00 pm
  • Cost: $20
  • Credit: CPTC level 1
  • Registration: Register

This course covers some key points that will assist boards in writing clear and defensible decisions and why that is important. It describes criteria that should be contained in local zoning provisions and how they relate to the drafting of the decision and the conditions a board may impose when approving a special permit or variance application. This session covers legal and procedural requirements for conducting a public hearing and the ramifications of failure to follow procedural regulations in the decision-making process.

  • Presenter: Barbara Saint Andre, Director, Community and Economic Development, Town of Medway
  • Sponsor: Northern Middlesex Council of Governments
  • Register

8. Roles and Responsibilities of Planning and Zoning Boards - 211207

  • Date: Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 5:30 pm
  • Cost: $20
  • Credit: CPTC level 1
  • Registration: 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 and 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.

  • Presenter: Bob Mitchell, FAICP, Consultant
  • Sponsor: Montachusett Regional Planning Commission
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9. Special Permits and Variances - 211215

  • Date: Wednesday, December 15, 2021, 5:30 pm
  • Cost: $20
  • Credit: CPTC level 2
  • Registration: 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.

  • Presenter: Alex Weisheit, Attorney, KP Law
  • Sponsor: Southeastern Regional Planning Economic Development District
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10. Use of Design Review - 211216

  • Date: Thursday, December 16, 2021 5:30 pm
  • Cost: $20
  • Registration: 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.

  • Presenter: Michael DiPasquale, AIA, AICP, Assistant Professor of Regional Planning, UMass Extension
  • Sponsor: Cape Cod Commission
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Registration, Payment & Refunds

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 be contacted. Retain the password as you will need it each time you log in. If you run into problems registering contact coordinator@masscptc.org

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

Honoring your commitment to attend and pay is important. However 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