OPM: Report on Land Use Training and Education

Report on Land Use Training and Education

Available to Members of Local Land Use Agencies

 

 

I.Legislative Requirement

Public Act No. 05-3 (June Special Session)

Sec. 85. (Effective from passage) On or before January 15, 2006, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, in consultation with the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, the Council on Soil and Water Conservation, regional planning agencies organized under the provisions of chapter 127 of the general statutes, regional councils of governments and regional councils of elected officials organized under the provisions of chapter 50 of the general statutes, the Agricultural Extension Services of The University of Connecticut, the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association, the Center of Land Use Education and Research at The University of Connecticut and the Rural Development Council, shall prepare a report on land use training and education available to members of local land use agencies. Such report shall include a survey of existing programs and their utilization and recommendations, if any, for enhancements and additions to such programs including changes in state law.

II. Executive Summary

This report on land use training and education programs available to members of local land use agencies was prepared by the Office of Policy and Management (OPM), in accordance with Section 85 of Public Act No. 05-3 (June Special Session).  This is the first comprehensive update of land use training and education programs since a similar effort was conducted eighteen years ago after the passage of Special Act No. 87-92.  That effort, which is summarized in Chapter III of this report, provided much of the foundation upon which this report was developed.

An important component of this report is the survey that OPM conducted of existing training and education programs available to local officials.  OPM developed a survey form and questionnaire that were provided to each of the agencies and organizations identified in statute for consultation.  In addition, OPM sought out and consulted with a number of other organizations that were known to provide some type of land use training and education for local officials.  While OPM made its best effort to reach every such organization in Connecticut, it is possible that the survey results do not reflect all ongoing efforts in the state.  The cumulative results of this survey can be found in Chapter V.

OPM believes that this report is a complimentary component to the new planning requirements established under Public Act No. 05-205.  This Act strives to enhance the role of municipal plans of conservation and development, and to improve the vertical integration of such plans with their regional plan and the State Plan of Conservation and Development.  Further efforts to improve the statewide coordination of land use training and education programs for local land use agencies should have a commensurate positive benefit on the quality and effectiveness of municipal plans of conservation and development.

 

 

LAND USE EDUCATION REPORT

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