We're excited to announce the 2015 Summer School Training Sessions in conjuction with the Association of Towns of New York State



2015 Summer School Sessions Update

The dates and locations are as follows: 


Wednesday, July 15th
Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home Hyde Park

Thank for making this a huge success. The presenations from this session are listed below.

Case Law Update Presentation

Navigating SEQR

SightPlan Review & Special Permits Presentation

Thursday, July 23rd - Cancelled
To be rescheduled!!!
Land Use & Sustainable Development Law Institute at Touro Law Center
Central Islip, Long Island


Monday, July 27th
Comfort Inn & Suites Airport


Friday, August 7th
The Lodge at Holiday Valley


Although each of the four different summer schools will offer diverse programming, the scheduling format is essentially stays the same:

8:30-9:00am - Registration and Breakfast;

9:00-9:15am - Brief welcome and introductions;

9:15-12:00pm - Two 75-minute morning plenary sessions

12-1:00pm - Lunch and Networking;

1-2:30pm - Two 75-minute afternoon breakout sessions divided into topics relevant to planning boards or ZBAs,

The day-long school ends at 3:45 and offers a total of 5 training credits for board members who attend.


 Fees for the one-day schools are $80.00 for NYPF or AOT members (pre-registration) or $90.00 at the door. Non-members pay $100.00 for pre-registration and $120.00 at the door. The registration fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch and materials.


Please note that all registration is processed through the Association of Towns. Register online at www.nytowns.org or download a printable mail-in form click here!


See below for an article on "How to Control Junk," which we be featured at the Hyde Park summer school on July 15th. Pleas be on the look out for weekly e-mail updates about summer school, providing detailed information on the presenters and sessions. 


We look forward to seeing you and your colleagues at one of these great training opportunities! For any questions or more information, please call our office directly at 518-512-5270 or Chris Anderson at the Association of Towns at 518-465-7933.


  • NYPF Training
  • Land Use Training & Certification School
  • Training & Technical Assistance

Customized Training for Your Community

Did you know that the New York Planning Federation can provide unique, specialized training opportunities for New York’s municipalities?

Training rates for NYPF members:
$400.00 plus expenses for a two-hour daytime training, Monday-Friday;
$600.00 plus expenses for a two-hour evening training, Monday-Friday;
Additional member communities participating in the training pay $200.00 for weekday days and $300.00 for weekday evening sessions.
If the total attendance by NYPF members exceeds 25 individuals, the cost becomes $35.00 per person.

Training rates for non-members:
$600.00 plus expenses for a two-hour daytime training, Monday-Friday;
$800.00 plus expenses for a two-hour evening training. Monday-Friday
Additional non-member communities participating in the training pay $300.00 for weekday days and $400.00 for weekday evening sessions.
If the total attendance by non-NYPF members exceeds 25 individuals, the cost becomes $40.00 per person.

If your municipality is interested in this type of customized training session, please contact our office at 518-512 5270 (toll-free at 1 800-366 NYPF) or email us at nypf@nypf.org to discuss your concerns. Half-day and weekend trainings can also be arranged. Contact the office for rates and details.


Session Presentation - Hyde Park NY Dec. 8,2012 - Site Plan and Special Use Permit Review - Nina Peek, AICP-AKRF,Inc.

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.
Summer School
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. Summer School locations are in the Hudson Valley and central 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.