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New York State has made a $1 billion commitment to solar power.
Is your municipality ready for what’s ahead?

Preparing Your Municipality for Growth in Solar:
What’s Coming and Technical Assistance to Help You Manage the Changes


Solarize Westchester, Sustainable Westchester and Pace Land Use Law Center are presenting a morning workshop for local officials and volunteer committees on trends in solar photovoltaic installations in Westchester and how to handle the steep growth in installations. This session will include:

  • Overview of Solarize Westchester and trends in solar in Westchester County
  • Survey of solar permitting in Westchester’s municipalities
  • A review of top zoning barriers to solar installations in Westchester and strategies to address them.
  • Lessons from the Front Lines: municipal officials share how their municipality has adapted
  • Model zoning for solar installations
  • Next steps: time limited technical assistance available

Free to attendees but preregistration is required.  Please complete the online Registration Form.
Directions to the Moot Courtroom at Pace Law School.

Breakfast will be provided!
Registration begins at 8:30 and program begins at 9:00.

When: October 23, 2015 --- 8:30am -11:30am
Where: Moot Courtroom, Pace Law School, 78 North Broadway, White Plains, NY




Meeting Fair & Affordable Housing Needs

Advanced training on planning, financing, zoning, and public conversation on fair and affordable housing.

Newly designed sessions include presentations from regional planners, developers, attorneys and public engagement specialists. Skilled facilitators will conduct breakout exercises and guide group discussions. Participants will tour new sites and meet developers and community reps. Curriculum includes inclusionary zoning in practice, financing affordable housing, and the impact of new developments in fair housing law & policies. Don’t miss the special session on building inclusive and sustainable communities.

Participants must Register by September 14, 2015 for this free 3 day program. For more information...

CLE credits for attorneys (TBD) and Training Certificates for local board members will be available.

When: October 2, October 23 and November 13, 2015 (3 day program) --- 9:00am -4:30pm
Where: NYS Judicial Institute at Pace Law School, White Plains, NY

FBC 301
Formulating, Adopting and Administering a Code

FBC 301 focuses on formulating, adopting, and administering a form-based code. The course will offer an in-depth look at the relationship between the comprehensive plan and a form-based code, the mechanics of code adoption, the advantages and disadvantages of mandatory, parallel and floating-zone codes, and ways to avoid common pitfalls in the drafting and administration of form-based codes.

Instructors will explain how to structure the process, including what must happen before, during, and after the code is drafted, what to keep and what to discard from an existing conventional code, how to relate the form-based code to the existing regulatory framework in a specific municipality, how to insulate a FBC against potential legal challenges, and issues of post-adoption implementation and project review. The course will examine specific examples and lessons learned from experience working with form-based codes and will include a hands-on exercise in code implementation.

NOTE: The one-day intro class ABCs of Form-Based Codes (or FBC 101e on-line) is prerequisite for taking FBC 301.

FBC 301 is part of FBCI's 3-course series. It combines with FBC 101 (ABCs of Form-Based Codes) and FBC 201 (Urban Design), to complete a thorough instruction in the discipline of form-based coding. FBCI awards a certificate to all those completing the 3-course series.

When: November 4 and November 5, 2015 (2 day program) --- 8:30am -5:00pm
Where: NYS Judicial Institute at Pace Law School, White Plains, NY

For additional information...

To register for the course, go to



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.

For more information visit our Conference Page.

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


Become a 2015 Conference Sponsor -- sponsorship opportunities.