Land Use Education and Events

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CLC sponsors education and training programs on land use topics for municipal officials, volunteer boards, and community groups. These sessions are designed to equip communities with the information and skills needed to review, revise, and apply land use regulations and practices.
These trainings offer a way for members of local planning boards to meet their requirements for training. Past topics have ranged from how to incorporate biodiversity in land use planning decisions to presentations on groundwater, stormwater management, and green infrastructure.

To find out about the next training, contact Christine Vanderlan at 518.392.5252, ext. 208 or

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  • Conservation Development: What Municipalities Want to Know

    November 12, 2013

    A number of Columbia County towns have adopted laws allowing more flexible subdivision designs in exchange for setting land aside as open space. Typically known as conservation or cluster subdivisions, these developments require that open space be conserved permanently by means of a conservation easement. Conservation easements are legal agreements that are not widely understood. At the same time, easements as part of conservation subdivisions present a different set of circumstances and issues than those established by an individual landowner.

    This workshop presented two perspectives on conservation development. George Rodenhausen, attorney with Rapport Meyers LLP, underscored the purpose of conservation design and how to achieve it through local laws and procedures.

     Tony Colyer-Pendas, Columbia Land Conservancy’s Director of Conservation Development, discussed the ways that land trusts can help municipalities achieve the best outcomes.

  • Rural Road Design & Management

    A Better Way to Get There
    Two Workshops on Rural Road Design & Management

    Roads are a major part of our “rural character” in Columbia County. They also take the greatest share of our municipal budgets. Yet we may take for granted their role in environmental quality. This series addressed the many roles that roads can and do play – as major land use and social spaces, as transportation routes and scenic corridors, and through their impact on habitat, water quality and quantity.
    This two-part series was design for all local elected officials including highway superintendents, as well as members of planning and zoning boards, zoning review committees, and conservation advisory councils.
    The workshops were free of charge. Self-certification forms were provided for 2.0 credit hours for each session (4 hours total). Credit was awarded at the discretion of each municipality.

    Additional information on Rural Road Design & Management
  • Conservation Planning for Woodland Pool Wildlife

    May 18, 2013

    A workshop for municipal board members and interested residents that focused on the value of woodland pools and their wildlife, and the tools you can use to protect them in your community.

    Additional information on Conservation Planning for Woodland Pool Wildlife
  • Land Use Series: Using the New SEQR Environmental Assessment Forms

    CLC’s Land Use Series presented two trainings on the new NYSDEC Environmental Assessment Forms (EAF) for the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) on March 5 and 30, 2013. The trainings focused on the Short Environmental Assessment Form and the online “Workbook” that has been developed to help municipalities work through the SEQR process.  The workbook for the Full EAF is available for public comment through May 20, 2013.  The forms will become mandatory for use on October 7, 2013.

    Additional information on Land Use Series: Using the New SEQR Environmental Assessment Forms