NYS DEC to Host Webinars on New Environmental Assesment Forms (EAF)

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will be hosting a series of web seminars online in April and May to instruct government agencies and the public on how to use the streamlined and revised Environmental Assessment Forms (EAF).

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Passing a Family Business to the Next Generation, Workshop in Syracuse March 26

Breaking New Ground:
Building a Sustainable Business for Generations to Come

No matter what industry family business you are part of; from the oldest industry in New York State – agriculture, to the newest tech company; you want it to thrive for future generations. The Family Business Center, NY FarmNet and Wilmington Trust present an interactive workshop for all industries that will provide options and strategies for building a business that the next generation will be excited to lead in the future.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
7:45 am to 4:00 pm

The Genesee Grande Hotel
1060 East Genesee Street in Syracuse
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Land Use Training in Cortland, March 24

The Cortland County Planning Department is hosting three training sessions for local officials on March 24. The sessions will be led by local government training specialist from the New York State Department of State.

Monday, March 24, 2014
Sessions at 5, 7:30, and 8:30

Auditorium, 2nd Floor, Cortland County Office Building
60 Central Avenue, Cortland, NY 13045
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Land Use Training with the NYS Department of State, April 22 in Auburn

The Cayuga County Planning Board 2014 Land Use Training Series continues on April 22 with two training sessions presented by local government training specialists from the New York State Department of State.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Cayuga Community College Student Lounge (Room M214)
197 Franklin Street, Auburn, NY 13021

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Cost: FREE, with optional $6 for light supper at the break
Presenter: NYS Department of State
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Stormwater Regulation for Local Review Boards

First session, 4:30 – 6:30 PM

Nearly every project that comes before a board for review has stormwater impacts to consider. This course examines the relationship between different types of development and the potential environmental damage from increased runoff, onsite best management practices, and the specific role of project review boards to mitigate stormwater impacts from new development with local, state, and federal regulations. 2 hours of training credit for members of Planning Boards and Zoning Boards of Appeals. 2 hours of in-service training credit for Code Enforcement Officers.

We will be providing a light supper for $6 per person. If you wish to partake in the provided food, please register for this service so we know how much to order. You are also welcome to bring your own supper at no cost.

Intermunicipal Planning

Second session, 7 – 8:30 PM

Sharing the cost of a planning project with a neighboring community that shares common problems or goals can ensure a high-quality planning project that is useful for all involved communities at a lower cost to taxpayers. Intermunicipal planning projects bring together different stakeholders with unique perspectives, leading to more comprehensive solutions and often a unifying vision. This program provides an overview of the statutory abilities of local communities, case studies from across New York and an opportunity to exchange ideas for planning at an intermunicipal level. 1.5 hours of training credit for members of Planning Boards and Zoning Boards of Appeals. 1 hour of in-service training credit for Code Enforcement Officers.

A complete list of trainings and County Planning Board meetings can be found on our website.

Farm Stands, Tasting Rooms, and Agritourism: Land Use Training, March 19 in Auburn

The Cayuga County Planning Board 2014 Land Use Training Series starts on March 19 with a training session on a distinctive type of agricultural use.

Farm Stands, Tasting Rooms, and Agritourism:
Where Agricultural and Commercial Uses Intersect

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 | 7 – 9 PM
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Conference Room
1879 West Genesee Street Road, Auburn, NY 13021
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Agriculture is not just farming anymore. Some agricultural uses create impacts that are very similar to commercial development, both negatives like traffic and noise as well as benefits like increasing the tax base and providing attractive amenities. Join other local officials and agricultural business people to discuss how to properly manage the negative impacts while welcoming the positive benefits of these agricultural uses.

Cost: FREE
Presenter: Cayuga County Planning
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A complete list of trainings and County Planning Board meetings can be found on our website.

Wayne County Planning Board 2014 Training Series Begins March 12

Cayuga County’s neighbor to the northwest, Wayne County, offers a training series on local planning issues. Like Cayuga County’s own trainings, this series is free and available to all local officials from throughout the region and the state.

Wayne County Planning Board
Training Dates and Topics for 2014

Planning Board Basics
7 – 9 pm, Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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Tug Hill Commission Local Government Conference, March 27 in Watertown

NYS Tug Hill Commission

25th Annual Local Government Conference

Thursday, March 27, 2014
Jefferson Community College in Watertown

The March 27, 2014 Local Government Conference is an annual event organized by the staff of the Tug Hill Commission attracting as many as 650 local officials from across the North Country.

Workshops on a variety of topics are geared toward village and town board members, clerks, planning boards, zoning boards, highway departments, and assessors.

Registration is by mail only:
$50 if postmarked by 3/5
$75 if postmarked by 3/12
$100 if received after 3/12

Registration form and full conference schedule available online:

Regional Local Government Workshop in Batavia, November 15

The Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Federation is hosting its semiannual workshop in Batavia this November.

Fall 2013 Regional Local Government Workshop

Friday, November 15, 2013
Clarion Hotel, 8250 Park Road, Batavia, NY 14020

For information and registration please visit http://www.gflrpc.org/Fall2013.htm or contact David Zorn at Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council at dave.zorn@gflrpc.org or 585-454-0190 x14.

Sessions include:

  • Planning Board Overview
  • Zoning Board of Appeals Overview
  • Intermunicipal Agreement
  • Farmland Protection and Ag Viability
  • Building Projects, Applications and the Approval Process
  • Sustainable Communities
  • Effectively Facilitating Heated Meetings
  • Financial Analysis of Shared Services and Intermunicipal Cooperation
  • American Fact Finder Data Access
  • Enhancing Main Street: Making Upper Floors Work Again