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.

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 AICP members must be in attendance for the duration of the event in order to receive CM Credit.

For the Fall, CDRPC is offering a dozen Zoom Webinar sessions. To register for the Fall series, visit our Eventbrite page. The cost to register for the series is $10. This is a one time fee and it allows each series registrant to access any and all of the webinars provided. It also provides access to the archival material (such as video of the presentations) that is only available to paid registrants.
Our webinar series will delve into topics such as stormwater management, COVID impacts on planning, transportation, land use and more!

Your Eventbrite ticket will give you access to the online event page with registration links for the webinars. You can not access the webinars without a ticket.

How The Fall Program Works

1) Register on Eventbrite  – this will create a username and password if you don’t already have an Eventbrite account. The Series registration fee is a one time fee. After registering for the series, there is NO additional fee for signing up for the individual webinars.

2) After you register, check your email for a link to the event page. You may need to log in using your Eventbrite username and password. TIP: Bookmark the event page so you can keep coming back for updates and to add registrations.

3) On the event page, sign up for each Zoom webinar you wish to attend. Each webinar requires it’s own sign up.  This is to ensure correct attendance for AICP and to automate reminders.

Remember, you must sign up for each session individually using the webinar  links provided on the Event page. For each webinar you will receive a confirmation email with the zoom link to join the webinar that can be added to your electronic calendar.

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.


Please note the schedule is subject to change. All times are in EST.

October 14 @ 3pm: “Aging in Place” – presented by the New York State Department of State

October 21 @ 3pm: “Regulatory or community planning changes brought on by the response to COVID-19” – presented by MJ Engineering

October 28th @ 3pm: AWIA – “Risk, Resilience, and Emergency Plan Requirements for your Community” – Presented by the MRB Group

November 4 @ 3pm: “MS4 Stormwater Program, SPDES General Permit and SWPPP Requirements for Planning Board Review of Subdivision and Site Plan Projects – Presented by the MRB Group

November 12 @ 3pm: EV Charging Infrastructure – Details coming soon!

November 18 @ 3pm: “A tutorial on the OPRHP Cultural Resource Information System (CRIS)” – presented by NYSOPRHP

December 2 @ 11am: “Complete Streets” – presented by Planning for Places

December 9 @ 11am: “Ethics for Planning and Zoning Board Members” – Presented by Mark Schacner, Esq. (1.5 CM Ethics)

December 16 @ 11am: “Wetland Conservation: What Do We Have to Lose?” – Presented by the NYSDEC Estuary Program

December 23 @ 11am: Planning Law Update Presented by Amy Lavine, Esq.

December 29 @ 11am: Clean Energy programs – Details coming soon!

POSTPONED: “Wastewater as an Early Warning System for COVID-19 Community Transmission” – presented by Arcadis

The presentation archives for our Spring/Summer Series can be found below.

For Thursday, August 27, 2020, our Webinar topic was Open Streets in the Capital Region,Opportunities out of COVID Challenges

Communities across the US and around the world are remaking their streets, sidewalks and outdoor space in response to COVID challenges. Hear about trends around the country, and how two Capital Region communities were able to quickly pivot and provide “streateries”, recreation, and public art on their local streets. Open street possibilities also exist for NYS routes with NYSDOT’s permitting process and will be discussed.

Post COVID will this popular activity continue? The potential for permanent activities in the future were also highlighted.

Presenters: Katie Hammon, Executive Director of the Troy BID, Chris Spencer, Commissioner of Development and Planning for the City of Albany and Liz Kormos, Village of Ballston Spa Trustee.

Presentation archives are available below. A video of the presentation is available here.

For Thursday, July 23, 2020, our Webinar topic was “Assessing Green Infrastructure: Kingston’s Uptown Parking Lots” 
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
Presentation archives are available below. A video of the presentation is available here.

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” 


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.


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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