We will be hosting two UCONN CLEAR Land Use Academy training sessions here at NHCOG.  They have been rescheduled due to weather conditions tonight to Tuesday, March 6th for “Legal Requirements & Procedures in Land Use Decision Making” and  Tuesday, March 27th “Basics of Reading Site Plans”.  Please email or call the office to RSVP.  These sessions are intended for both new commissioners and experienced commission members who just want a refresher.

Legal Requirements & Procedures in Land Use Decision Making

Tuesday, March 6, 2018


This session provides a basic understanding of legal principals and procedures that must be adhered to so that legal challenges to decisions or other actions are minimized. Gives land use commissioners an overview of the source of their authority, their role in relation to other land use commissions, current land use issues they should consider, and their responsibility to be fair and unbiased in their decision making, including:

  • Statutes governing land use
  • Types of power
  • Roles of land use commissions
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Bias and predetermination
  • Freedom of Information Act
  • Procedures for running a meeting and making a decision
  • Public hearing requirements and timeframes to act
  • Ex parte communications
  • Case examples


Basics of Reading Site Plans

Tuesday, March 27, 2018


This session will assist commissioners to develop basic plan reading skills including understanding scale, topography, hydrology and stormwater. This workshop goes beyond the basics in a way that is understandable and relevant. It will include:

  • Review of the difference between a plan and a map.
  • Review of basic map reading techniques-wetlands, legends, scale, topography, water flow, etc.
  • Hands on exercise: the participants will use the skills learned in the beginning of the session


Locations for both sessions will be the NHCOG office in Goshen -59 Torrington Road: easy to find, lots of parking.


These sessions will be led (like last year) by:

Bruce Hyde

Land Use Educator/Land Use Academy Director, Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR), University of Connecticut

Bruce is primarily responsible for coordinating the Land Use Academy which provides training for local land use commissioners. In addition, he provides technical assistance to communities in a variety of areas including affordable housing, climate change adaptation and community outreach. Mr. Hyde is an AICP certified planner with over 30 years experience as a regional and municipal planning and community development director, zoning enforcement officer and planning consultant in Vermont and Connecticut.

Please note: These sessions WILL NOT be held unless a minimum of 15 people let me know they plan to attend.