2016-10-05 / News

CWC planning workshops November 4 in Margaretville

Margaretville — The Catskill Watershed Corporation will sponsor a free training day for planners and local officials Friday, Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at American Legion Post #216, 903 Main Street.

Three workshops, delivered by trainers from the NYS Department of State, will address a variety of topics many Catskill Region municipalities have grappled with in recent months, from solar farms and short-term rentals to barn weddings and vacant institutional buildings.

Registration

To register for the training, which includes lunch, go to cwconline.org, Meetings/Special Events. These workshops may satisfy the four-hour annual training mandate for members of planning boards and zoning boards of appeal, with approval of the municipality.

Workshops include “Hot Button Issues,” “Solar Energy Regulation” and “Adaptive Reuses for White Elephants.”

Some land uses have statutory protection or require special consideration, such as religious uses, mining, and telecommunications facilities. Other uses might be new to the local officials attempting to regulate them, such as solar energy facilities, barn weddings, and short-term rentals. “Hot Button Issues” is an overview of some of the land uses that many local officials find challenging, along with the statutory rules and case law associated with them and options for regulating them.

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 – is the focus of “Solar Energy Regulation.” 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.

For information on the CWC and its programs, visit cwconline.org, or call 845-586-1400.

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