Jul 25, 2024

2024 Municipal Bootcamp Trainings

 

Hancock Estabrook and MRB Group are offering a free annual training program to assist local governments, municipal officials, and planning and zoning boards.

The program will include 10 hours of remote training designed to provide a comprehensive education that encompasses all aspects of municipal governance. Each program in the series will be provided remotely on the fourth Thursday of each month with subject matter experts from MRB Group and knowledgeable attorneys from Hancock Estabrook, LLP. Topics will be lively, useful and – potentially as important – qualify for the education requirements for members of Planning Boards and Zoning Boards of Appeals.

2024 Municipal Bootcamp Program

Thursday, July 25, 2024 – 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
SESSION 7: FROM BIG TO SMALL – TRANSLATING COMPREHENSIVE PLANS INTO LAND USE REGULATION

Comprehensive plans are amazing tools to facilitate development of a community vision and charting a road map toward realizing your priorities. But how do you translate these big picture concepts into actionable projects and regulatory frameworks? This session will offer guidance on development of comprehensive plans and transitioning from big picture to action items – including regulatory reform.

Thursday, September 26, 2024 – 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
SESSION 8: UNDER THE TENT – OPEN MEETINGS, RECORD KEEPING, AND ENGAGING THE PUBLIC IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Transparency and engagement are universal topics of consideration in local government, and particularly in the planning and zoning world. What are your obligations as a board member relative to public participation, and creating a strong public record? How do we ensure effective engagement by our residents in the planning process? This session will focus on the legal and best practice considerations for transparency and inclusion.

Thursday, October 24, 2024 – 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
SESSION 9: SHORT, BUT NOT TOO SHORT – HOW SHORT TERM RENTALS ARE CHANGING THE DEVELOPMENT AND REGULATORY LANDSCAPE

AirBnB, VRBO, Craigslist…everywhere you turn, there’s a platform to provide for short-term rentals of everything from a 10 bedroom house to an antique steam engine. What powers do local officials have to regulate these facilities, and who’s doing it best? This session will focus on the impacts of short-term rentals in the housing and lodging markets, and the tools your community has at its disposal to address possible conflicts around the neighborhood.

Thursday, December 19, 2024 – 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
SESSION 10: SANTA’S AND NICE AND NAUGHTY LIST— THE BEST AND WORST OF 2024

We’ll close out the year with a fun session on who got it really right and who might have missed the boat in 2024. We’ll provide case studies on the best examples of great development review, and a few pitfalls discovered by your neighbors that you should avoid going into the New Year.

 

Registration Required: R.S.V.P. Here.