CPTC workshop

2107 Fall Workshop Listing

The CPTC Fall Workshops are listed below. Workshops are oriented toward citizen planners, planning staff on Planning Boards and Boards of Appeals but are open to anyone intersted in Massachusetts municipal planning. Workshops are about 2 hours long and include handouts covering the subject. Please arrive 15 minutes before the workshop begins. The cost is $30 per workshop. Register online or by mail -print/view registration form or print/view complete brochure.

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

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.

Workshop

Date

Location

Trainer

Sponsor


registration closed, full enrollment

#17

M. 11/13/17
6:30 - 8:30 PM

MVPC, 160 Main Street, Haverhill

Ralph Willmer, FAICP

Merrimack Valley Planning Commission

#19

Th. 11/16/17
6:30 - 8:30 PM

MRPC, Doyle Center, 464 Abbott Avenue, Leominster

Bob Mitchell, FAICP

Montachusett Regional Planning Commission

#21

W. 11/29/17
6 - 8 PM

FRCOG, JW Olver Transit Center, 12 Olive Street, 1st Floor Conference Room, Greenfield

Carolyn Misch, AICP

Franklin Regional Council of Governments


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

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.

Workshop

Date

Location

Trainer

Sponsor

#12

Th. 11/2/17
6 - 8 PM

BRPC, 1 Fenn Street, Suite 201, Pittsfield

Donald Dubendorf, Attorney

Berkshire Regional Planning Agency


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Creating Master Plans (MIIA)

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

Workshop

Date

Location

Trainer

Sponsor

#9

W. 11/1/17
6:30 - 8:30 PM

CMRPC, 2 Washington Square, Union Station, 2nd Floor, Union Hall, Worcester

Judi Barrett

Central MA Regional Planning Commission


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How to Hold A Perfect Public Hearing (MIIA)

This session covers legal and procedural requirements 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.

Workshop

Date

Location

Trainer

Sponsor

#3

W. 10/18/17
7 - 9 PM

Brewster Police Department, 631 Harwich Rd., Brewster

Brian Currie, AICP

Cape Cod Commission


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Introduction to the Subdivision Control Law and ANR (MIIA & CPTC

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.

Workshop

Date

Location

Trainer

Sponsor

#11

W. 11/1/17
7 - 9 PM

Brewster Police Department, 631 Harwich Rd., Brewster

Jonathan M. Silverstein, Attorney

Cape Cod Commission


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Planning With Community Support (MIIA, AICP & CPTC)

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 implementation process. It will explain how to work with or without consultants to make plans that result in local action.

Workshop

Date

Location

Trainer

Sponsor

#4

Th. 10/19/17
7 - 9 PM

MAPC, Braintree Town Hall, Cahll Auditorium,
1 John F. Kennedy Memorial Drive, Braintree

Brian Currie, AICP

Metropolitan Area Planning Council

#6

Tu. 10/24/17
6 - 8 PM

 

FRCOG, JW Olver Transit Center, 12 Olive Street, 1st Floor Conference Room, Greenfield

Ralph Willmer, FAICP

Franklin Regional Council of Governments

#8

W. 10/25/17
6:30 - 8:30 PM

CMRPC, 2 Washington Square, Union Station, 2nd Floor, Union Hall, Worcester

Judi Barrett

Central MA Regional Planning Commission


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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.

Workshop

Date

Location

Trainer

Sponsor

#20

Tu. 11/28/17
7 - 9 PM

MAPC, North Reading Town Hall, 235 North Street, North Reading

Joseph Peznola, PE

Metropolitan Area Planning Council


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Site Plan Review (MIIA)

The Zoning Act does not contain any provisions for the review of site plans; however, the process can be a very effective tool for a board 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 a board may impose, reasons for disapproval, the appeal process, and the types of information a town can require to be shown on a site plan.

Workshop

Date

Location

Trainer

Sponsor

#1

Th. 10/12/17
7 - 9 PM

PVPC, 60 Congress Street, 2nd Floor, Springfield

Wayne Feiden, FAICP

Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

#5

Th. 10/19/17
7 - 9 PM

MAPC, Sherborn Town Hall, 19 Washington St., Sherborn

Adam Costa, Attorney

Metropolitan Area Planning Council

#13

Th. 11/2/2017
6 - 8 PM

MAPC, Chelsea Senior Center, 10 Riley Way, across from Chelsea City Hall at the intersection of Riley Way, City Hall Avenue, and Fay Square, Chelsea

Adam Costa, Attorney

Metropolitan Area Planning Council


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Special Permits and Variances (MIIA & CPTC)

Participants will learn the difference between special permits and variances, the issues and criteria for decision-making, timeliness, and procedural requirements.

Workshop

Date

Location

Trainer

Sponsor

#14

Sa. 11/4/17
8:30 - 10:30 AM

MVC, 33 New York Ave, Oak Bluffs

Ilana Quirk, Attorney

Martha’s Vineyard Commissi


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Recreational Marijuana (AICP)

In November 2016, Massachusetts voters approved Ballot Question 4, which legalized the use and possession of marijuana for non-medical (“recreational”) purposes. The General Court subsequently made significant changes to the law, which became effective on July 28, 2017 when Governor Baker signed Chapter 55 of the Acts of 2017. This workshop will cover the changes in the law and the impacts on com­munities, local regulation or prohibition of marijuana establishments, optional local taxation, as well as changes to the regulation of medical marijuana. We will discuss how local communities can work within the framework of the law to properly plan for recreational marijuana.

Workshop

Date

Location

Trainer

Sponsor

#10

W. 11/1/17
7 - 9 PM

NMCOG, 40 Church Street, Suite 200, Lowell

Katherine D. Laughman, Attorney

Northern Middlesex Council of Governments

#18

Tu. 11/14/17
7 - 9 PM

OCPC, 70 School Street, Brockton

Katherine D. Laughman, Attorney

Old Colony Planning Council


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Municipal Vulnerability and Resilience Planning (AICP)

This course introduces planning for resiliency to extreme weather and associated vulnerabilities and hazards, including new planning resources from the state (Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness program). Learn how to assess local vulnerabilities to weather extremes, how they interact with development, and identify actions to reduce hazard risks and increase resilience including through use of green infrastructure.
Workshop #2 in Oak Bluffs, #7 in Brockton, #15 in Pittsfield

Workshop

Date

Location

Trainer

Sponsor

#2

Sa. 10/14/17
8:30 - 10:30 AM

MVC, 33 New York Avenue, Oak Bluffs

Stefanie Covino, Coordinator, Eric Walberg, Senior Pro­gram Leader

Martha’s Vineyard Commission

#7

W. 10/25/17
7 - 9 PM

OCPC, 70 School Street, Brockton

Stefanie Covino, Coordinator, Sara Burns, Water Resource Scientist

Old Colony Planning Council

#15

Th. 11/9/17
6 - 8 PM

BRPC, 1 Fenn Street, Suite 201, Pittsfield

Stefanie Covino, Coordinator, Trish Garrigan, Green Infrastructure Coordinator

Berkshire Regional Planning Agency


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Many workshops offer credit toward a CPTC certificate, your municipality's insurance with MIIA and for professional planners, AICP credit.


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