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2024 Webinar Series

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All workshops are on Zoom. Registration closes 48 hours before the workshop begins. Upon registration your will receive a link to a brief registration on Zoom. Upon completing that you will receive the link to the workshop session. If applicable, workshop handouts will be sent by email prior to the workshop. Payment can be made by check or credit card. Checks can be received after the workshop has ended. Should you need to cancel you must do so at least 48 hours before the workshop begins in order to receive a refund.


1. Roles and Responsibilities of Planning and Zoning Boards

  • Date: Thursday, June 6, 2024, 5:30 pm
  • Cost: $35
  • 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, 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

2. Introduction to the Zoning Act

  • Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2024, 5:30 pm
  • Cost: $35
  • Registration: Register

This course addresses the purposes of the Zoning Act and the process (and the Planning Board’s role) for the adoption/amending of zoning bylaws and ordinances. The difference between variances and special permits will be discussed. Additionally, the course will include how zoning is enforced and by whom as well as the role of the Zoning Board of Appeals in variances and zoning appeals.

  • Presenter: Amy E. Kwesell, Esq., KP Law

3. Writing Reasonable and Defensible Decisions

  • Date: Thursday, June 20, 2024, 5:30 pm
  • Cost: $35
  • 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: Adam J. Costa, Mead, Talerman & Costa, LLC