REGISTRATION OPEN: 2022 Municipal Land Use Law Virtual Conference

Saturday, October 15, 2022 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

2022 Municipal Land Use Law Virtual Workshop

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9:00 am - 3:00 pm, Saturday, October 15, 2022

Cost:  $70.00 

Presented in Whova

9:00 a.m. Welcome Remarks
Presented by: New Hampshire Municipal Association

9:10 a.m. Housing Appeals Board Update

Established in 2020, the Housing Appeals Board is tasked by statute with hearing appeals from local land use board decisions concerning questions of housing and housing development. This session will provide a practical overview of the Board and its operations and will discuss several recent decisions.

Presented by: Michael Klass, NH Housing Appeals Board Member

10:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

  • Legal Update

This session will review recently enacted legislation that affects the responsibilities and authority of municipal planning and zoning boards. Recent New Hampshire Supreme Court and Housing Appeals Board decisions involving land use issues and the impact they have on municipal planning and zoning will also be discussed. Participant questions are strongly encouraged!

Presented by: Benjamin D. Frost, Esq., AICP, Deputy Executive Director/Chief Legal Officer, NH Housing, Bedford

  • Planning Board Procedures 101 (Pre-recorded session)

This session is for newer board members, as well as veterans looking for a refresher on Planning Board fundamentals. This session will focus on the basics of the application and review process. Bring your real examples and questions for the Q and A session.

Presented by: Matt Monahan, Principal Planner, CNHRPC and Heather Shank, AICP, City Planner, City of Concord

  • Zoning 101

This session will first review the history and purpose of zoning, the legal basis for it in NH state statute (RSAs) and then delve into the nuts and bolts that make up a traditional zoning ordinance including definitions, the table of permitted uses, and dimensional requirements. This session will also discuss the relationship between zoning ordinances and zoning maps as well as other land use regulations and the process for amending zoning. Finally, this session will address state preemptions of zoning/local control of land use and how zoning fits into the larger state and federal land use regulatory framework.

Presented by: Jennifer R. Gilbert, Director, NH Office of Planning & Development; Noah D. Hodgetts, Principal Planner, NH Office of Planning & Development; and Stephanie N. Verdile, Principal Planner, NH Office of Planning & Development

12:20 pm - Lunch Break

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

  • Afternoon of the Living Cases: Older Supreme Court Decision Still Haunting ZBA's and Planning Boards

Attorneys Spector-Morgan and Boldt will review some “old skeletons” of NH Supreme Court Decisions that are of import to Planning Boards and ZBA’s, respectively. Ample time for will be provided.
Presented by: Christopher L. Boldt, Esq., Donahue, Tucker & Ciandella PLLC, Meredith and Laura Spector-Morgan, Esq., Mitchell Municipal Law

  • Meeting Mechanics of Land Use Boards

Appropriate for beginning members, seasoned veterans, as well as land use administrators, this session will provide an overview on the mechanics of a land use board meeting. Discussion will touch on requirements for legal notice, meeting procedure and conduct, conflicts of interest, Right-to-Know issues, and more.
Presented by: Tim Corwin, Esq., AICP, Senior Planner, City of Lebanon and Shawn M. Tanguay, Esq., Drummond Woodsum

  • ZBA Decision Making Process

You’ve notified abutters, held the public hearing, heard hours of testimony, and now it’s time to make a decision. What do you do? Do you need to decide right then and there? What if you only have four members present? Can there be conditions of approval? Do you vote on each of the criteria separately? Do you need to vote on anything at all? If these and other questions have plagued your ZBA, this session is for you.

Presented by: Christine Fillmore, Esq., Drummond Woodsum and Cordell Johnston, Esq.

3:00 pm - End