CDRPC Planning and Zoning Webinar SeriesGovernment Operations and Public Meetings

Planning board and zoning board of appeals members are required by state statute to obtain four hours of training a year. Town, village and city zoning board of appeals and planning board members, as well as county planning board members must receive training. This webinar series will also provide an opportunity for local government professionals from across the board to sharpen their skills, obtain credits, learn about trends and regulations, meet the experts and find out about funding opportunities.

CDRPC has historically organized two annual day-long workshops to provide this training. In light of NY PAUSE and the restrictions imposed in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19, CDRPC has cancelled our Spring Workshop, an event that provided a full-day’s credits to board members. We recognize that Municipalities still need training outlets and have organized an ongoing and ongoing webinar series for participant to obtain credits. Municipalities have a wide latitude in defining what training is acceptable for credit. After each webinar in the series, each attendee will receive an email confirming attendance. This email can be submitted to your board chair and or clerk to apply for credit. To automatically receive the email that can be used for PB or BZA credit for this webinar you MUST register with an email address.

AICP members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for these activities. When CM credits are available, they are noted at the end of an activity description. More information about AICP’s CM program can be found at www.planning.org/com. AICP members must be in attendance for the duration of the event in order to receive CM Credit.


For Thursday, July 23, 2020, our Webinar topic will be “Assessing Green Infrastructure: Kingston’s Uptown Parking Lots” This webinar will begin at 2:00pm.
Green infrastructure is an important tool to manage stormwater and reduce runoff. This study focused on assessing the performance of 13 different green infrastructure practices in 2 parking lots in the City of Kingston in 2017. The study included a quantitative assessment of water level and infiltration in 10 of the practices (bioretention areas, rain gardens, and dry wells) from May-November 2017. Frequent visual observations provided context for water level data, along with important lessons learned on design and maintenance for future green infrastructure installations.
Presenter: Emily Vail, Executive Director, Hudson River Watershed Alliance

For Thursday, June 18, 2020, our Webinar topic was “Application of GIS for Municipal Infrastructure Planning & Water Resource Protection” 

This webinar was made possible by generous support for the Chazan Companies 

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are widely used by the planning community throughout the Capital Region to inventory critical infrastructure, monitor land use changes, and mitigate water quality related impacts. This Webinar highlighted examples from communities using a ‘smart cities’ approach to mapping and monitoring municipal sewer, water, and stormwater infrastructure in order to allocate resources, staff, and for capital planning. This webinar also explored how communities are using GIS to map where private sewer systems may have a potential impact on nearby water sources. Lastly, it examined how GIS is being used for modeling potential stormwater quality issues at the watershed scale and help to identify potential mitigation strategies.

This Webinar has been submitted for 1 hour of of AICP Credits.

Presenters: Paul Cummings, AICP, LEED, AP and Ethan Gaddy, AICP, The Chazan Companies

Presentation archives will be available soon. A video of the presentation is available here.


For Thursday, June 11, 2020, our Webinar topic was “Complete Streets and TOD” 

Complete streets and transit oriented development (TOD) are distinct but related topics. TOD is a way of developing that is intended to encourage not just greater transit usage, but also increased walking and cycling. For this to be not just practical, but attractive to a wide audience, the streets in and around any TOD must connect to transit and be built to accommodate all modes.

Complete streets are growing in popularity around New York State as a way to improve the quality of life in our communities as well as develop our multi-modal transportation system. This presentation provided an introduction to the role of Complete Streets programs in the social life of the community and how they allow for public gather spaces and recreation and include descriptions of several recent projects in eastern New York.

TOD offers a wide variety of benefits to communities interested in providing adequate housing for their residents at lower environmental, social, and economic costs.

While TOD is traditionally associated with heavy or light rail, the trend is towards TOD built around Bus Rapid Transit systems. This presentation introduced TOD, discussed some of its benefits, and highlighted the strategies necessary to achieve successful projects.

Presenters: John Loughran and Nicole Shute, WSP USA

This webinar was made possible by generous support from WSP USA.

A video archive of the presentation can be accessed here. Presenter slides are available below.

 

 

 

 

 

 


For Thursday, June 4, 2020, our Webinar topic was “Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure” 

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Electric vehicles have gone mainstream and the growing demand for public charging access will significantly impact municipal planning activities. Whether your jurisdiction is considering providing public charging resources for your residents or adding electric vehicles to your fleet this webinar demonstrated the benefits of developing a robust network of charging resources. Highlighting local municipal and commercial projects PlugIn Stations Online demonstrated the value of EV charging infrastructure in your community as well as an example of associated permitting and code requirements adopted by local governments.

The second part of the program summarized highlights from the Capital District Zero Emission Vehicle Plan (2019) developed by the Capital District Clean Communities Coalition. Key topics included trends in EV ownership and charging station infrastructure, barriers and opportunities to EV adoption, and EV readiness in the Capital District.

Speakers: Ron Semp, Director of Commercial Sales for PlugIn Stations Online

Jacob Beeman, Transportation Planner for the Capital District Regional Planning Commission

This Webinar was made possible by generous support from PlugIn Stations Online.

A video archive of the presentation can be accessed here. Presenter slides are available below.

 

 


For the Thursday, May 28, 2020, our Webinar topic was “Planning Case Law Update”

This session offered the latest information on New York courts as they reviewed and issued decisions on a wide variety of land use approvals and denials. If you were looking for insight into how courts thought about and assessed local planning and zoning decisions, this session provided you a close look at the laws and standards that are applied to both approvals and denials issued by your board. The session highlighted teachable cases from across the state which aim to provide a framework of land use law that can become usable by a planning or zoning board members.

This webinar was submitted for 1.5 hours of AICP Law CM Credits.

Presenter: Libby Coreno, ESQ, P.C.

Click here for a video archive of the presentation. Presenter slides are available below.


For the Thursday, May 21, 2020, our Webinar topic was “DEC Online Interactive Mappers.” 

This webinar detailed two online interactive mappers available from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC): DECinfo Locator and the Hudson Valley Natural Resource Mapper. Launched to the public in 2019, DECinfo Locator is an interactive mapper with more than 65 interactive data layers, allowing users to download permits, view former industrial site cleanup plans, see water quality reports and much more, based on where they live, work, or play. The Hudson Valley Natural Resource Mapper was launched in 2018 and contains over 40 interactive data layers identifying important habitats, water resources, and scenic and recreation areas in the 10-county Hudson River Estuary watershed. Presenters will provide demos of both mappers highlighting layout and functions and will discuss recently added data and applications of the maps for local planning. This webinar has been submitted for a one (1) AICP Credit.

Presenters:

Ingrid Haeckel, Conservation and Land Use Specialist, NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program/Cornell University

Cathleen Kittle, Bureau Director, Web and Editorial Services, NYSDEC Office of Communication Services

Click here for the video archive for this webinar. Presenter slides are available below.

 

 

 

 

 


For the Thursday, May 14, 2020, our Webinar topic was “COVID-19 Economic Recovery- Capital Region Public Sector Impacts.” 

As COVID-19 continues to take its toll on American lives, it also continues to wreak havoc on local business and economies.

Our panel looked at some of the economic impacts in the Capital Region, SBA and other federal funding assisting businesses, and what municipalities need to be thinking about as the Capital Region prepares to re-open. Hint: It won’t be back to business as usual. COVID-19 recovery will require creative collaboration and problem-solving, and doing things differently than they’ve been done before.

Local elected or appointed officials, staff and private business are all invited to attend this webinar focused on the Capital Region public sector economy.

Speakers: Kate Baker from the NYS Small Business Development Center at the University at Albany, Laura Schultz from the Rockefeller Institute, and Shelby Schneider from Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership

A video archive for this webinar can be accessed here. Presenter slides are below.

 

 

 

 

 


For the Thursday, May 7, 2020, our Webinar topic was “That’s not what I thought I approved” about sign and sites planning.

In this webinar, presenter Nicole Allen, Planning Services Manager, AICP, Laberge Group, shared stories and perspective on situations (and remedies) when what’s presented for approval differs from what’s ultimately constructed. This webinar has been submitted for a one (1) AICP Credit.

Ms. Allen is a seasoned manager with 20 years of experience in developing and managing a wide range of planning projects and has overseen the successful procurement and administration of over $65 million in grant funding for communities across New York State.

This webinar has been submitted for a one (1) AICP Credit. The webinar was recorded and may be accessed here (leaves CDRPC website).  A PDF of the presentation is provided below. This Webinar was was made possible by the generous sponsorship from the Laberge Group


Our Thursday, April 30, 2020, our Webinar topic was “COVID-19 Impacts on Transportation and Migration Patterns”

BARTON & LOGUIDICE GROWS WASTE MANAGEMENT PRACTICE WITH ...Presenters from Barton & Loguidice and the Capital District Regional Transportation Committee shared perspectives on population, development and transportation trends before and during the COVID-19 crisis. They also provided some perspective on what the post COVID-19 landscape may look like.

These presentations have been archived below. A video of the webinar can be accessed here. Click an image below to open a PDF copy of the presentation.

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