Bylaw Review Training

Is Your Community Climate Resilient? – Bylaws and Best Practices – How-to Training

Bylaw Review and Best Practices Training
Friday, June 24, 2022,
9:30am-1:00pm
Clark University, Worcester, MA 01610

Workshop Description: 

Local land use rules that support nature-based solutions to climate change have many benefits, including reduced flood risks, protection of water quality and supplies, reduced costs of road and stormwater maintenance, open space protection, and preserving community character. Outdated bylaws and regulations can prevent communities from implementing these win-win solutions. Learn how to use a Bylaw Review Tool that can help you give your community’s land use regulations a tune-up to ensure they support cost-effective best practices.  This in-depth training will prepare you to undertake a bylaw/ordinance review process with municipal officials.  We’ll provide resources to support implementation.

For an introduction to why bylaw review is an important first step to ensuring local climate resilience, the 90-minute preliminary training webinar recording can be accessed through the SNEP Network here. This how-to training builds off of the previous training by providing a deeper dive into using the bylaw review tool. Bring your own bylaw or ordinance for an interactive working session to test out the tool.

This training will be delivered by: Mass Audubon, Blackstone Watershed Collaborative, Cape Cod Commission, Southeastern Regional Planning
and Economic Development District (SRPEDD), Mass DEP, and EPA Region I. 

If you have any questions, please reach out to  Christina Wiseman (cwiseman@massaudubon.org), Mass Audubon and SNEP Network Partner.

Registration: Please fill out the form below to register for the Friday, June 24th workshop.

Eligibility: This training is open to municipal officials or staff, professional consultants, regional planning agency staff, state or federal agency staff, watershed organization staff, or others who are making a commitment to utilize this training to support the use of the bylaw review tool in at least one community within the next year.

Participants from Massachusetts and Rhode Island are eligible. There are reserved spaces available for SNEP communities. To determine whether your community is located in the SNEP Region, you can view this map.  Please note that capacity is set at 25 registrants. Participation is free to eligible participants.

Upon registration, you will receive an email that we received your submission. This does not mean you have been approved to attend the training. After your submission, we will notify you about whether you are approved for the training by June 17th, 2022. If you are eligible, but the workshop is full, we will put you on a waiting list to receive notification of another training later this year. Deadline to apply is June 16th 2022. 

Registration is now closed. Check back here for additional bylaw training opportunities.