Planning and Development Regulation

Board Training Request - Training Opportunities

So, your local board needs some training?  The School of Government offers three types of board training for planning and development regulation topics: On-Demand Training, Regional Workshops, and fee-based Direct Training.   

On-Demand Training

The School of Government has produced a series of on-demand training sessions on land use law.  Each session is about 20-30 minutes long and covers a topic of planning and zoning, such as quasi-judicial procedures, vested rights, or variances.  A local government may buy a one-year access to the full library for $325. Municipalities that participate in the NC League of Municipalities’ risk management pool can register for free access. 

Watch a free module, learn more about the library, and purchase access here: https://www.sog.unc.edu/courses/online-modules/planning-and-development-regulation-e-learning-library

Regional Workshops

Each spring the School of Government offers in-person board workshops focused on land use law and planning.  These half-day workshops are offered in regional locations across the state.  The lectures and discussions are intended for elected officials, appointed boards, and local staff handling development regulation decisions.  Each year we rotate the workshop topic between Planning and Legislative Zoning Decisions (focused on planning boards and governing boards) and Quasi-Judicial Decision-Making (intended for any boards making quasi-judicial development decisions).  For more information about the upcoming regional board workshops, check out this site: https://www.sog.unc.edu/courses/regional-board-workshops-planning-and-development-regulation   

Direct Training

The School of Government offers in-person direct training on topics of land use law and planning.  These trainings are typically 1-3 hours and cover a specific topics such as legislative zoning procedures, quasi-judicial procedures, or legal updates.  University policy requires that we charge for this type of direct training. The standard rate is $1,500 plus the cost of travel and any expenses.  Given limited capacity and the large number of requests, direct training must be scheduled a few months in advance and we may not be able to accommodate all requests.

To discuss options and scheduling, please fill out this webform, and someone from the School of Government will be in touch with you. https://www.sog.unc.edu/webforms/direct-board-training-application

Publications for Boards

Two publications—the Quasi-Judicial Handbook  and Introduction to Zoning and Development Regulation—were written with local boards in mind and may be useful resources for your board.  You can find more planning and development regulation publications here.  And don’t forget, many planning and zoning topics are addressed on the Coates’s Canons Local Government Law blog.  Search for a particular topic or review blogs posted by David Owens or Adam Lovelady.

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