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CDRPC has archived our past webinars below.

 “Capital District Conservation Roundtable”

The Capital District Conservation Roundtable is an annual forum convening members of municipal conservation advisory councils, climate smart task forces, county environmental management councils, and other groups advising local and county government on matters related to the environment, sustainability, and climate change. This year’s virtual roundtable event will feature local case study presentations about Climate Smart Communities certification, drinking water protection, and planning for parks and trails. This year’s roundtable was presented via Zoom, and featured the following case studies:

New Lebanon Climate Smart Communities Certification
Conserving Land For Water Quality Protection in the Tomhannock Reservoir Watershed
Guilderland Parks, Trails, and Open Space Planning

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“Capital Region Clean Energy Communities Leadership Round Kickoff Webinar”

CDRPC’s Sustainability Team is pleased to announce the launch of NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Communities Leadership Round. The CEC Program, first launched in 2016, rewards communities with match-free project grants for completing High Impact Actions. Under the first phase of the program, with the technical assistance provided by the Capital District Regional Planning Commission, 41 communities in the Capital Region became Designated Clean Energy Communities and were awarded clean energy project grants. The CEC Leadership Round offers previous program participants as well as new communities an opportunity to receive free technical support to complete clean energy actions and be rewarded with an additional round of competitive grant funding.
Presented by Todd Fabozzi, Director of Sustainability and Jill Henck CEC Outreach Coordinator
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“Aging in Place”

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With our growing population of older residents, are local steps being taken to ensure that they can live independently for as long as possible? What makes a community livable for older citizens benefits people of all ages and physical abilities. This presentation provides land use planning and regulatory tools to help people in your community to age in place. Topics include a variety of housing choices, accessory dwelling units, Golden Zones, and senior friendly sidewalk and street designs.

Presented by Patricia Burke, Local Government Specialist, DOS and Anurupa Roy, Local Government Specialist, DOS

“Creative and Resilient Planning During COVID-19”

Session Sponsor: MJ Engineering

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This session will explore creative changes to ongoing municipal planning operations, existing policies, community engagement and the impact on capital and long range planning projects in addition to local economies as a result of COVID-19. Real-life experiences and lessons learned from Capital Region communities will be shared from a variety of perspectives including a municipal planner, a planning consultant and a volunteer board member. The panelists will also discuss the potential lasting impacts of these changes and others moving forward to plan for more resilient communities.

Presented by Jaclyn Hakes, AICP, Director of Planning Services, MJ Engineering, John Scavo, Director of Planning, Town of Clifton Park, and Erin Maciel, RLA, Senior Landscape Architect, CLA Site / Saratoga Springs Complete Streets Advisory Board.

“AWIA – Risk, Resilience, and Emergency Plan Requirements for your Community”

Session Sponsor: MRB Group

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America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (AWIA) amends the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) and includes new resilience planning and Emergency Response Plan requirements for Drinking Water Utilities. Community Water Systems (CWS) serving populations of more than 3,300 are required to complete Risk and Resilience Assessments (RRA) and Emergency Response Plans (ERP), and certify the completion of these documents to EPA. The new assessments not only include consideration of malicious acts, but also serve to review the risk of all types of emergency situations, and to conduct planning for CWS’s to become as resilient as possible in order to maintain continuity of operations. Plans are intended to ensure the provision of a safe and reliable supply of public drinking water during difficult times. Certification of Risk and Resilience Assessments for CWS’s serving from 3,301 to 49,999 people are due by June 30th, 2021. Certification of Emergency Response Plans are due by December 31st, 2021. Certifications of RRA’s and ERP’s for larger Water Utilities are due this year. Planning for these Assessments should begin at least 6-12 months in advance, as these can require significant efforts for data gathering, analysis and completion of Assessment Reports.

Presented by Tim Wales, P.E. , Chief Water Resources Engineer, the MRB Group

“MS4 Stormwater Program, SPDES General Permit and SWPPP Requirements for Planning Board Review of Subdivision and Site Plan Projects”

Session Sponsor: MRB Group

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This presentation will provide an overview of required stormwater management rules and practices related to the Planning Board Project Review and Approval Process. MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System) communities are required to enforce NYSDEC SPDES General Permit provisions for development projects that will disturb at least an acre of land, and in some cases much less than that threshold. SWPPP’s (Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans) and weekly inspections during construction are required for projects that meet the threshold in New York State. A summary of SWPPP requirements, construction phase stormwater management practices and project closeout will be presented. Planners, Engineers and land use board members will gain an understanding of the stormwater management practices and Technical review process as it applies to the Planning Board Review and Approval Process.

Presented by Tim Wales, P.E. , Chief Water Resources Engineer, the MRB Group

“Electric Vehicles and Off-grid, solar-powered and transportable EV charging infrastructure”

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In the first portion of our program Promoting Electric Vehicle Charging Station Installations, explains the basics of EV technology, reviews the current state of EVs in New York State, and presents step-by-step advice and best practices for facilitating charging stations in the planning process.

In the second portion of the program we will focus on BEAM Global’s EV ARC™ units. Our Presenter will share how off-grid electric vehicle applications may provide more flexibility and options for both fleets and the private sector. Because mobile applications can be off grid, they may not need planning, permitting or public review process, greatly increasing the speed of installation and lowering barriers to implementation. They can also be low cost test beds for EV application. This session will also share the lessons learned from mobile charging applications deployed elsewhere in New York.

Presented by Victoria McGarril of Energetics and Andy Ike, Sales Manager of BEAM

“A Tutorial on the OPRHP Cultural Resource Information System (CRIS)”

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SHPO invites you to explore the Cultural Resource Information System (CRIS). This online resource provides individuals and communities with information and tools to support the preservation and revitalization of New York State’s rich heritage and culture. CRIS is an advanced Geographic Information System program that provides access to New York State’s vast historic and cultural resource databases and now digitized paper records. CRIS provides users with access to more than 1.5 million pages of digital images including, National Register documents, building and archaeological inventory forms, survey reports, and a wide variety of additional legacy data. In addition, the system serves as an interactive portal for agencies, municipalities and others who use historic preservation programs, such as the State and Federal Income Tax Credits for Historic Properties, the State and National Registers of Historic Places Programs, the Sections 14.09 (NYSPRHPL) and 106 (NHPA) review processes, the Certified Local Government Program and building and archaeological survey programs.

Presented by SHPO

“Complete Streets Implementation in the Capital Region”

Session Sponsor: Planning4Places

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How do you implement Complete Streets in your community? This session will provide a brief overview of Complete Streets and will focus on how to implement these efforts. Examples in the Capital Region will be highlighted including from the City of Watervliet – from demonstration projects, to adoption of Complete Streets policies, to making temporary installations permanent. The Capital District Transportation Committee will also provide an overview of the CDTC’s Complete Streets Workshop Series.

Presented by James Levy, AICP – Principal, Planning4Places, LLC , Katherine Ember, AICP – Founding Principal, Planning4Places, LLC, Jeremy A. Smith, Director of Facilities, CDTA, and Chris Bauer, AICP – Senior Transportation Planner, CDTC.

“Ethical Considerations in Planning and Zoning Decision-Making”

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Ethical issues arise more frequently in planning and zoning decision-making than many realize. This presentation will include discussion of ethical legal requirements, conflicts of interest, recusal, site inspections and other related issues.

Presented by Mark Schachner, Esq., Miller, Mannix, Schachner and Hafner, LLC

“Wetland Conservation: What Do We Have to Lose?”

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Liquidity: The Value of Wetlands
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This webinar will provide an introduction to the diversity of wetlands in the Hudson Valley and the benefits they provide for clean water, wildlife, and climate adaptation. In many planning situations, wetlands are viewed as notations on a site plan — this webinar is designed to bring wetlands to life and expand understanding of their complexity and value to our communities. Municipal approaches to wetland conservation will also be discussed.

Presented by Laura Heady, Conservation and Land Use Program Coordinator, DEC Hudson River Estuary Program and Cornell University

“Controversial Land Uses”

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Municipalities are constantly faced with new and emerging controversial land uses, and determining how to regulate these land uses is one of the most challenging issues for any planning agency to resolve. From rural eyesores to unwelcome city neighbors, this program examines recent caselaw dealing with these controversial uses, including things like methadone clinics, homeless services, vacation rentals, and protest art installations. Learn how to address these uses legally while sustaining community character and accommodating the ever-evolving needs of residents, visitors, and businesses.

Presented by Amy Lavine, Esq.

“Clean Energy in Your Community Solar and Energy Storage”

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This session provided an opportunity to review and discuss important considerations for managing clean energy development in your community. We reviewed NYSERDA’s model zoning ordinances for solar and energy storage systems, highlighting key issues and guidelines for local officials looking to ensure a responsible and measured permitting process. The session also touched  on key, related considerations such as clean energy in comprehensive planning, payments-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOTs), State-level siting processes for large-scale clean energy projects, and other topics of interest.

“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.

“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.

“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.

 “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.







“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.



 “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.

“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.






“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.






“That’s Not What I Thought I Approved”


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

“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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