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Audio/web workshops on design guidelines and confronting NIMBYs

February 26, 2008

[LIBERTY] – Two audio/web workshops that address community design and planning issues will be offered in March by Sullivan Renaissance and the Sullivan County Division of Planning and Environmental Management.  Presented by the American Planning Association, the educational courses will be held in classroom space equipped with video-conferencing capabilities at the CVI Building in Ferndale, NY.   


On Wednesday, March 5th from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., a course entitled “Design Guidelines for Small Towns and Rural Communities” will be offered.  Geared for professional planners, the session will explore unique approaches planners are using to develop commercial and residential guidelines that are mindful of small-town and rural character.


A second educational course, geared more toward local officials and planning/zoning board members, will follow on Wednesday, March 19th from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.  This course includes a discussion of how to deal with unpopular uses called NIMBYs (Not In My Back Yard) and how to regulate such uses to lessen negative impacts.  Participants will gain insights into how to work with the community to accommodate difficult uses, address public anger, and keep everyone apprised of acceptable solutions and legal responsibilities.


Pre-registration is required and a $15 registration fee will be charged.  Professional planners will earn AICP certification maintenance (CM) credits, and planning/zoning board members will receive a certificate of completion for continuing education credits.


Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  For more information and to register call Community Planner Helen Budrock at 845-295-2462.