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May 4, 2011

Training Offered for Local Planning and Zoning Officials May 17 at BOCES

MEXICO - Rural communities face challenges - both in the form of development and lack of it - that threaten the natural and cultural resources in a community. Local planning and zoning officials, who are frequently asked to make decisions on development issues, can learn how to take a proactive approach to these challenges at a May 17 workshop sponsored by the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.

The training sessions will be held from 4:30 to 9 p.m. in the mall area of Oswego County BOCES, 179 Co. Rte. 64, Mexico.

The sessions will cover issues related to planning in rural New York and the importance of maintaining accurate records of minutes, findings and decisions. Code enforcement officers may receive in-service credit hours for attending the workshops.

"The course on planning in rural New York offers an overview of how comprehensive planning and a variety of land use tools can help preserve rural landscapes and revitalize established village and hamlet centers," said Dave Turner, Oswego County Planning Director. "Local officials are encouraged to take a pro-active approach to meeting these types of challenges with easy-to-understand and administer zoning regulations, conservation subdivision regulations, and use of conservation easements."

Staff members from the Department of State will discuss why board members and support staff should strive to make accurate records to be used by enforcement personnel, applicants, municipal attorneys, and current and future boards. The course will also cover the components of an official record, including meeting minutes, findings, and decisions.

"Napolean Bonaparte once defined history as 'the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon,'" said Turner. "The same is true of the documents issued by planning boards and zoning boards of appeals. It's important to keep a good record of what has taken place throughout the process of a zoning or planning project."

Planning and zoning board members are encouraged to attend the training. To reserve a seat, call Deb Wise at the Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning, phone 349-8292 or 1-800-596-3200, or e-mail . Reservations will be accepted until May 13.

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