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Integrating Clean Energy into Your Community

The Orange County Municipal Planning Federation along with the Orange County Department of Planning is collaborating with NYSERDA’s NY-Sun PV Trainers Network to bring you a full day clean energy training event on Friday, March 20, 2015 in Goshen, NY. This full-day training will include workshops on Intro to Solar Policy, Adopting the New York State Unified Solar Permit, Zoning for Solar Energy and background on other forms of renewable energy, including wind and geothermal.

Municipal representatives including planning and zoning board members, planners, code officers, elected officials, and solar energy professionals and other interested stakeholders from around the Hudson Valley are invited to attend.

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When: Friday, March 20, 2015 - 8:00am -4:30pm
Where: Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924

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FBC 101
The ABCs of Form-Based Codes

This intensive one-day class gives a useful overview of the process of creating a form-based code.  The class combines presentations and discussion with a hands-on exercise in observing a community's built form, and the use of regulation to shape public space.

Participants will see how form-based codes are essentially different from conventional land use regulation, and how they can solve many of the problems created by conventional zoning.

When: Friday, May 8, 2015 - 8:30am -5:00pm
Where: NYS Judicial Institute at Pace Law School, White Plains, NY

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This Is Going to Be A Great Year!
Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference

For the past 20 years, the Land Use Law Center has sought to elevate the law, policy, and practice of land use and sustainable development in the Hudson Valley region and beyond. The Center’s 2014 conference brought together more than 350 attorneys, business professionals, planners, and local leaders to learn about national, regional, and local innovations, challenges, and best practices. Commissioner Mitchell Silver and Kaid Benfield provided fantastic keynotes to the day’s event.

Because zoning turns 100 years old in 2016, we plan to celebrate its impending centennial at our annual conference in December! Since zoning and land use regulation affect so many interests, our focus on zoning’s centennial provides us with a broad framework for the conference program.  Conference planning this year will concentrate on zoning's past, present, and promise for the future. For example, conference panels may tackle current zoning challenges, such as zoning for solar, district energy, water conservation, resilience, transit orientation, etc. If you have any suggestions or thoughts regarding this topic, feel free to contact Tiffany Zezula at We are looking forward to a great conference in December.


When: December 11, 2015
Where: The New York State Judicial Institute at Pace Law School