Friday, August 22, 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

Fall Land Use Training Session

  • Topic to be announced
  • Wednesday, November 19, 2014 | 7-9 PM
  • Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Conference Room
  • 1879 West Genesee Street Road, Auburn, NY 13021

Future Training Dates

  • The 2015 schedule of the Cayuga County Planning Board Training Series will be announced in late fall.

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.


New York Planning Federation Summer School in Batavia

Sponsored by the New York Planning Federation and the Association of Towns of New York State.


Preserving Rural Character Through Conseravation Subdivision Design

Free workshop with Randall Arendt, the author and designer who coined the term "conservation subdivision." Hosted by the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board and funded in part by a NYSERDA Cleaner, Greener Communities Phase II Grant for 'Vision CNY Regional Partnership for Comprehensive Planning.'


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. Fall 2014 topics near Cayuga County include:

  • Powers and Duties of Local Highway Officials – Thursday, September 11 in Ontario County
  • Pavement Maintenance – Wednesday, October 15 in Fulton County
  • Work Zone Traffic Control for Local Roads – Thursday, November 20 in Genesee County
  • Registration and full workshop schedule available online.


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.


New York Planning Federation Annual Conference 2015