NYPF Training

Below are multiple training opportunities coming in September and October 2019.

An agenda for the Workshop in October will be available soon. Please check back regularly for updates.

The New York Planning Federation will be working in conjunction with the Association of Towns in multiple fall training opportunities. Please see our events page and click on training event for more information. 


The Capital District Regional Planning Commission and NYPF are looking for Exhibitors and Sponsors for our fall workshop opportunity on October 23rd at Hudson Valley Community College. Please CLICK HERE for the Workshop Sponsor Form (2)

NYPF Training

The New York Planning Federation offers a variety of options that can be used by local planning and zoning boards to fulfill their annual four-hour training requirement under New York law. Either a half-day training session or two two-hour training sessions would fulfill this annual requirement. In addition to the courses listed below, the Planning Federation can tailor training to meet the specific needs of your community. Wherever possible, training is provided at a location, date and time convenient to the municipality.

Annual NYPF Conference

The annual two-day conference offers a wide range of relevant topics for planning board and ZBA members, as well as for elected officials and municipal planners.

One Day Training

This is an annual one-day session jointly sponsored by the Association of Towns that provides additional training opportunities for planning and zoning board members. Locations are located throughout the state of New York

Planning and Zoning Training Series:

  • Land Use Training – a two-hour or one-half day training session in the basics of local land use regulation for planning and zoning boards and others.
  • Advanced Land Use Training – a two-hour or one-half day skills training session in specific topics focused on the community’s needs.
  • Environmental Review and SEQR – a two-hour or one-half day review of the requirements of the State Environmental Quality Review Act, the role of municipal boards and coordination with local planning and land use regulations.
  • Comprehensive Plan Primer – a two-hour presentation designed to convey the benefits of a comprehensive plan, what goes into one, and how it can be used to meet a community’s goals.
  • Subdivision Basics – a two-hour presentation on the basics of subdivision review for local officials, including new tools and techniques for creative development.
    Smart Growth Short Course Series:
  • Affordable Housing for Your Community – this two-hour course examines the need for a range of housing types in each community and illustrates a variety of affordable housing options. Suggestions are made for revisions to zoning standards to keep the price of housing in your community affordable.
  • Aquifer/Wellhead Protection for Your Community – this two-hour course describes the benefits of aquifer or wellhead protection of public groundwater supplies, threats to water supplies, how wellheads and aquifers are delineated and how they can be protected, with suggestions for zoning standards.
  • Farmland Protection for Your Community – this two-hour course identifies the many benefits of farmland and farming to communities, describes current threats to farming and explores a variety of effective approaches to protect farmland and support the farm community, with specific suggestions.
  • Forestry Use in Your Community – this two-hour course identifies multiple forest uses, benefits of and threats to forestry and forest uses, and describes how local officials can protect the environment while allowing a variety of forest uses, including harvesting, that benefit the community.
  • Growth Management for Your Community – this two-hour course examines the benefits of compact development forms, surveys a variety of tools and techniques that have been successfully used by communities to manage and shape growth, and identifies which approaches could make best sense for your community.
  • Open Space Protection for Your Community – this two-hour course defines the many types of open space, identifies the fiscal and environmental benefits of protecting these areas, surveys a variety of preservation and protection approaches and suggests possible open space protection options for your community.
  • Wind Energy Development in Your Community – this two-hour course guides communities through the process of inventorying prime wind sites in the comprehensive plan, identifying potential conflicts, mitigating or resolving those conflicts and developing effective review standards for proposed wind energy facilities.