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2021 Spring Webinars


The Onondaga County Planning Federation invites you to attend two spring 2021 webinars in partnership with the NYS Department of State (DOS). Both courses are free and will be taught by staff of the DOS Local Government Training program.


Solar Energy Regulation

Thursday, April 8 at 11:00 AM - 1:15 PM

Solar Energy Regulation Handouts


Webinar Recording

Webinar Handout


This course addresses the authority of local governments to regulate photovoltaic solar energy systems—from modest residential and agricultural systems to large-scale institutional and commercial solar arrays and sun farms. Environmental and economic benefits and aesthetic challenges are discussed, and tools such as the New York State Unified Solar Permit are provided to allow solar arrays and regulate their impacts.


Affordable Housing

Thursday, April 22 at 11:00 AM - 1:15 PM

Affordable Housing Webinar Handouts


Webinar Handout


Affordable housing is a topic shrouded in misconceptions and strong biases. One thing is certain: it cannot be ignored. Public interest and case law require municipalities to address the affordable housing needs of their regions. This course examines the history and evolution of laws, policies and programs pertaining to affordable housing. Exclusionary zoning case law is highlighted, as well as the benefits of using land use tools such as inclusionary zoning regulations and accessory apartments to provide affordable housing. Strategies to preserve existing affordable housing, the process of developing affordable housing, and affordable housing design are also discussed.



*These webinars may be used to obtain the four hours of annual training required by NYS for planning and zoning board members, if approved by the municipality. For more information, please see Annual Training for Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals Members at the Department of State's website: https://www.dos.ny.gov/lg/lut/mandatory_training.html


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