Thursday, April 17, 2014
Local Planning Assistance Training

Planning board and zoning board of appeals members make decisions of major importance to their communities and to all New Yorkers. These decisions can affect the function and appearance of communities for decades to come while impacting property interests important to individual New Yorkers. For this reason the State of New York requires all Planning Board members and members of the local Board of Zoning Appeals to undergo four hours of training each year.

The Cayuga County Department of Planning and Economic Development provides several opportunities throughout the year to help those on local planning boards and ZBAs to meet this training requirement. In addition, there are many training opportunities available in neighboring counties and on-line.


Cayuga County Planning Board Training Series

Pre-registration for training sessions in the Cayuga County Planning Board Training Series is required by 3pm the day of the training. To sign up, please use the links below or contact the Cayuga County Department of Planning and Economic Development by phone at (315) 253-1276 or by e-mail at

All sessions in the Cayuga County Planning Board Training Series are free of charge and designed for members of locally elected and appointed boards. Materials from past training sessions are available HERE.


Upcoming Sessions in the Cayuga County Planning Board Training Series

Stormwater Regulation for Local Review Boards

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. Cost: FREE, with optional $6 for a light supper at the break. 2 hours credit. Presenter: NYS Department of State. Download the flyer.


Intermunicipal Planning

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. Cost: FREE, with optional $6 for a light supper at the break. 1.5 hours credit. Presenter: NYS Department of State. Download the flyer.



Future Training Dates

  • Wednesday, July 16, 2014: 7 PM at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES | Hazard Mitigation and You: What you need to know
  • Wednesday, November 19, 2014: 7 PM at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES | Topic to be annouced.
  • Other trainings may be added. Check back here for later updates.

Have an idea for a training topic that you want to learn about? Call the Planning Department at (315) 253-1276 or send us an e-mail at



Below are some of the nearby training opportunities. Look for announcements of other local and regional training opportunities on the NYS Land Use Training Network Calendar.


Erosion and Sediment Control Workshops

The Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District offers regular workshops on erosion and sediment control for construction site contractors and operators. The sessions are also useful training opportunities for local officials and board members.


Wayne County Planning Board Training Series

Wayne County offers a series of free training sessions throughout the year. Dates and topics for 2014 include:

  • Site Plans and Special Permits - Tuesday, September 9, 2014 | 7-9 PM
  • Historic Preservation - Monday, October 6, 2014 | 7-9
  • All sessions are FREE and held at the Wayne County Public Safety Building, 7376 State Route 31 in Lyons
  • Sponsored by the Wayne County Planning Board and the Wayne County Planning Department
  • For course descriptions or to register, please visit or call (315) 946-5919


Cornell Local Roads Program Workshops

The Cornell Local Roads Program offers workshops for highway and public works officials in the spring and fall at locations throughout New York State.

  • Upcoming workshops near Cayuga County include:
  • Asphalt Paving Principles, May 21 in Canastota
  • Basics of a Good Road, May 14 in Newark
  • Registration and information online.
  • Highway School - the 69th annual training event for highway superintendents
  • Monday, June 2 - Wednesday, June 4, 2014
  • Phillips Hall, Ithaca College
  • Registration and information online.