Jan 27, 2022

The 2022 Municipal Bootcamp

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.

2022 Municipal Bootcamp Program

Thursday, January 27, 2022 – 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
SESSION 1: GETTING IT TOGETHER
The Basics of Running a Meeting
Motion this, second that…do we have a quorum? Does it matter? The operations of a public body can be complex at times, but a sound procedural playbook will help you navigate nearly any challenge. This session focuses on the basics of running a meeting and managing a review process.

Thursday, February 24, 2022 – 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
SESSION 2: PLANNING FOR SUCCESS
The Planning Board’s Role in Community Development 
Site plan reviews, special use permits, conditional approvals…there are so many nuts and bolts to the planning board’s roles and responsibilities. In your time on the board, you’ll see a wide variety of projects, and be asked to take action in lots of different ways. This session focuses on the basics of the planning board’s role in the development process, and what you might expect when you take your seat.

Thursday, March 24, 2022 – 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
SESSION 3: HOW APPEALING
The Role of The Zoning Board in Community Development 
Zoning Boards face some of the most complex processes and procedures in community development, and your decisions have a lasting impact. Variances and other administrative appeals must be approached carefully, and with a clear understanding of the implications of your decisions. This session will provide an overview of the role of the zoning board, and provide insights on considerations you’ll be faced with as a board member.

Thursday, April 28, 2022 – 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
SESSION 4: HERE COMES THE SUN
Shaping Solar and Battery Storage Projects 
Solar energy and related projects are dominating board agendas and newspaper headlines. Planning and zoning boards, as well as local government staff members must weigh multiple factors when considering an alternative energy project. This session focuses on elements of state and local law that affect decisions on solar and battery storage projects, and what to look for when you’re asked to review.

Thursday, May 19, 2022 – 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
SESSION 5: KEEP THE GRASS GREEN AND THE WATER CLEAN
Your Role in SEQR Review 
New York’s State Environmental Quality Review Act impacts nearly every decision you’ll face as a community development player. Getting SEQR right is critical to addressing development projects—whether you’re working to advance a development, or to stop one that doesn’t align with your community’s value. This session will focus on the processes associated with SEQR review, and on what to do when you’re faced with challenging SEQR questions.

Thursday, June 23, 2022 – 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
SESSION 6: HOW IT ALL FITS TOGETHER
Long-Range Plans and Near-Term Challenges
As a community development official, you’ve got lots of tools at your disposal to support project reviews—comprehensive plans, state planning and zoning laws, and local regulations must all be navigated when conducting project reviews. This session focuses on the integration of these tools, and on navigating conflicts between project elements, long-range plans, and state/local regulations.

Thursday, July 28, 2022 – 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
SESSION 7: ASK US ANYTHING
Your Hot Topics in Planning, Zoning and Community Development 
What’s on your mind? We couldn’t have thought of everything…in this session, our panelists will be primed to answer questions that are pressing your specific community development programs. Don’t be bashful! Come with questions and we’ll share our experiences!

Thursday, September 22, 2022 – 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
SESSION 8: WHAT NOT TO SAY AND WHAT REALLY NOT TO DO
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace 
Federal and state laws surrounding sexual harassment and related workplace infractions, while seemingly common sense, can be complex and impactful to your work. New York’s laws impact nearly ever element of local government operations, including volunteer boards! This session focuses on elements of state and federal law that seek to address workplace conduct issues, and on the expectations of you as a board or staff member when it comes to this critical topic.

Thursday, October 27, 2022 – 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
SESSION 9: A HISTORY LESSON
Managing Projects with Historic Significance 
Our geographic landscape is dotted with historic places and buildings. These spaces present unique challenges when it comes to community development. This session will focus on the impacts of project review associated with potentially historic structures, where opportunities lie with respect to preservation, and how to weigh the value of preservation against other elements of community development.

Thursday, December 22, 2022 – 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
SESSION 10: SANTA’S NICE AND NAUGHTY LIST
The Best and Worst of 2022 
We’ll close out the year with a fun session on who got it really right and who might have missed the boat in 2022. 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.

RSVP Required, Register Here.