CLEAR Land Use Academy: Advanced Overview & Course Descriptions - Connecticut Land Use

APA Connecticut Chapter


Saturday, October 22, 2016, 9 a.m.
Thursday, September 22, 2016, 3 p.m. EDT

Haddam, CT, United States

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Professional planners are are offered an all-day advanced course that will cover the following three topics in-depth and advanced updates to land use law in Connecticut and nationwide. The three sessions include:

1. Bias, Pre-disposition (predetermination) and Conflicts

This section will cover the following: how bias and conflicts are defined, ex-parte communications, appearance and representation by Commission members, financial or other interests, relatives, conduct during the meeting, and recusal. Instructor: Richard Roberts, Halloran & Sage, LLP, Connecticut Bar Association

2. Implementing and Enforcing Land Use Decisions: the use of conditions and modifications in land use permitting and the challenges of land use enforcement

This section will cover the following: permissible scope of land use approvals, limits on use of modifications and conditions, appropriate imposition of off-site improvements, construction and bonding of public improvements and E&S controls, open space and project mitigation, payments in lieu, enforcement of subdivision approvals, zoning and wetlands enforcement- who, what, where and how. Instructor: Kenneth R. Slater, Jr., Halloran & Sage, LLP, Connecticut Bar Association

3.Running a Meeting & Making a Decision

This section will cover the following: pre-application meetings, keeping control of the meeting (who speaks, when, hostile crowd control, etc.), voting by commissioner who misses a meeting, seating alternates, running a public hearing, evaluation of evidence,22a-19 environmental interventions, standards and criteria, proper motions, findings, keeping the record, and what to do with reports (IWWC, traffic, CTDEP, neighboring towns, RPAs, consultants, etc.). Instructor: Mark Branse, Branse, Willis and Knapp, LLC, CT Bar Association

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Mark Branse

Invited Speaker

Mark Branse is an attorney/partner with Branse & Willis, LLC. He received his Juris Doctor (cum laude) from the University of Connecticut School of Law, West Hartford, Connecticut (1979). Masters of Governmental Administration with a major in planning from the Fels Institute of Local and State Government, Wharton Graduate School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1971). Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 1969. dmitted to the Connecticut Bar and the Federal District Court for the District of Connecticut. He is also a member of the Hartford County Bar Association and the Connecticut Bar Association, Chairman of its Planning and Zoning Section and Member of the Connecticut Association of Municipal Attorneys. Currently he represents the following Connecticut jurisdictions: Town Attorney Griswold and Scotland, Special Land Use Counsel to Canterbury Planning & Zoning Commission and Inland Wetland Commission,Special Land Use Counsel to Eastford Planning Commission and Inland Wetlands Commissions, Special Land Use Counsel to East Haddam Planning & Zoning Commission, Inland Wetlands & Watercourses Commission, Special Land Use Counsel to Enfield Planning and Zoning Commission and Special Land Use Counsel to Middlefield Planning & Zoning Commission, Inland Wetland Commission, Watercourses Commission & Zoning Board of Appeals, Special Land Use Counsel to Old Lyme Zoning Commission, Inland Wetlands & Watercourses Commission, Special Land Use Counsel to Old Saybrook Planning Commission and Old Saybrook Zoning Commission, Special Land Use Counsel to Westbrook Planning Commission & Zoning Commission, Special Land Use Counsel to Willington Planning & Zoning Commission and Conservation Commission (Inland Wetlands Agency) & the Town of Sherman Land Use Boards He has appeared before land use agencies in more than sixty (60) towns; argued land use appeals before the Connecticut Superior Courts (Hartford, Middlesex, New London, Tolland, and Windham Counties) and the Appellate and Supreme Courts. As a community planner, Attorney Branse has worked as a part-time Planning Consultant while attending Law School, Town ... Read More

Richard Roberts

Invited Speaker

Richard Roberts represents municipalities in the full range of their legal needs. He provides legal counsel to them in real estate acquisitions and sales, land use, charter revisions, drafting and review of ordinances, and property tax issues. He also provides legal counsel to individuals, partnerships, limited-liability companies and corporations in ... Read More

Kenneth Slater

Invited Speaker

Kenneth Slater practices primarily in the areas of land use and environmental law, but also has extensive experience in a number of practice areas including general litigation, contract law and municipal law. Kenneth has extensive experience in land use matters and regularly represents individuals and business organizations before municipal boards ... Read More