Certificate Program

CPTC offers Level I and Level II certificates to participants who have completed the following workshops. Workshops are offered around the state in the fall and at the Spring Conference in Worcester. MIIA credit entitles your municipality to a reduction in its insurance cost.

LEVEL I CERTIFICATE
Must complete:
1) The Roles and Responsibilities of Planning and Boards of Appeals Part 1- MIIA credit
2) The Roles and Responsibilities of Planning and Boards of Appeals Part 2 -MIIA credit
And one of the following:
3) Introduction to the Subdivision Control Law & ANR - MIIA credit
4) Introduction to the Zoning Act - MIIA credit
5) Writing Reasonable and Defensible Decisions - MIIA credit

LEVEL II CERTIFICATE
Level I certificate and complete 3 of the following:
2) Planning with Community Support (for planning boards only)
3) Vested Rights and Non-conforming Structures, Lots and Uses -MIIA credit
4) Zoning Exemptions -MIIA credit
5) Special Permits & Variances -MIIA credit

 

Roles and Responsibilities of Planning & Zoning Boards, Part 1

For new board member or building inspectors. This program will launch you into your role as local official, introduce you to the functions of the two boards and the main tools of planning and zoning. MIIA Credit, Certificate I

 

Introduction to the Subdivision Control Law and ANR

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. MIIA Credit, Certificate I

 

Introduction to the Zoning Act

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.  MIIA Credit, Certificate I

 

Writing Reasonable and Defensible Decisions

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.  MIIA Credit, Certificate I

 

Roles and Responsibilities of Planning & Zoning Boards, Part 2

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.  MIIA Credit, Certificate II

 

Planning With Community Support

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. Certificate II

 

Vested Rights and Nonconforming Structures and Uses

Clarifies the difference between a nonconforming structure, lot and use.  Explains the difference between a nonconforming and a noncompliant structure; familiarizes board members with issues regarding alterations to nonconforming structures or uses. Describes separate and common protection, as well as vested rights for subdivision and ANR plans. MIIA Credit, Certificate II

 

Zoning Exemptions

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. MIIA Credit, Certificate II

 

Special Permits and Variances

Participants will  hear the difference between special permits and variances; the issues and criteria for decision-making; timeliness; and procedural requirements. MIIA Credit, Certificate II