Professional Development Programs

Planning Law

Spring 2014 Planning Law

Continuing Education participation now available in USM's Muskie School of Public Service spring 2014 graduate course CPD616 Planning Law.

  • This course began on Thursday, January 16, 2014. For more information please contact Charlie Colgan at 207-780-4008 / csc@usm.maine.edu.

This course cover a broad area of planning and zoning law, from constitutional and environmental issues, to comprehensive planning, to the municipal administrative process of planning boards, zoning boards, and appeals to the court. The course explores some of the most pervasive issues and regulations in the planning process with a particular focus on Maine, including the many permitting issues that arise as a result of nonconforming conditions and shoreland zoning laws and regulations. We will consider these issues from the viewpoint of both municipal and private parties seeking permission for, or objecting to, uses of private property, and will include a discussion on the ethical implications inherent to these processes.

The objective of this course is to obtain a “hands on” understanding of the types of issues that commonly arise in municiapalities. For Code Enforcement Officers in particular, the goal is to supply the CEO with tools he or she will need to recognize in advance, and to work through these issues with various stakeholders.

 

Register for this course

Register online or through USM Professional & Continuing Education Student Services Center at 207-780-5900.

Registration for this course has ended.

 

Schedule:

Thursdays, 4:10pm to 6:40pm

Online through Adobe Connect or in person, in room 419 Wishcamper on the USM Portland Campus.

Course begins on Thursday, January 16 and ends May 8. 

There are no classes February 20 or April 3.

 

Location & Participation Options:

This course is available statewide via Adobe Connect video conferencing.Students may attend classes from any computer or mobile device with an adequate Internet connection.  Students should have a webcam and a headset with micropone to fully participate in the class.  

Face-to-face participation is also an option.

Participating online: Those choosing to participate online will connect to the onsite workshop through Adobe Connect during class meeting times - Thursday, from 4:10pm to 6:40pm. Learn more.

  • FAQ for Muskie School courses using Adobe Connect - Download and review this Adobe Connect resource. It covers frequently asked questions regarding trouble shooting, testing your connection, webcams, audio setup, screens, and more.
  • Test your computer for adequate connections.If participating online through Adobe Connect, the location you choose to participate from, be it your home or your office, should also have a phone with a hands free feature to connect to the audio component as a backup in the event of network connectivity problems.
  • If you have questions about participating in this course through Adobe Connect, please contact Deb Arbique in the Muskie School’s Office of Student Affairs at 207-780-4864 or at darbique@usm.maine.edu.

Participating onsite: Onsite participation takes place at the Muskie School of Public Service in room 419 in the Wishcamper building on the USM Portland Campus from 4:10pm to 6:40pm. Free parking is available in the parking garage located behind the Muskie School attached to the Abromson Community Education Center. Learn more.

 

Contact Hours/CEUs:

The course is available as either a continuing education course or as a graduate course.  The course provides 36 contact hours of continuing education or 3 credit hours of graduate study. 
Continuing education students will not be required to complete written assignments for the course, but will be expected to participate in class discussions. 

 

Registration:

Register for continuing education units online or by calling USM Professional & Continuing Education Student Services Center at 207-780-5900.

Register for this course has ended.

 

Course Fee:

The cost for the continuing education option in Spring 2014 is $640.  Register for continuing education units online or by calling USM Professional & Continuing Education Student Services Center at 207-780-5900.

The cost for the graduate credit version is $380 per credit hour  or $1140 plus $102 in fees.  To register for this graduate credit option please contact Deb Arbique in the Muskie School Office of Student Affairs at 780-4864 / darbique@usm.maine.edu.

For more information, contact the Chair of the CPD program Professor Charles Colgan at 780-4008 or at csc@usm.maine.edu.

 

Course Materials:

There is a required textbook for this course. All required books are available at the USM Book Store. More information will be provided soon.

 

Instructor:

The instructor for the course is Sandra Guay, a practicing land use lawyer with Woodman Edmands Danylik Austin Smith & Jacques, P.A. in Biddeford.  Her practice includes a full range of planning and land use related issues.  She is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law and the Muskie School and has served on local planning boards in Saco and Lyman. Learn more.

 

Question about this workshop?

For more information, contact the Chair of the CPD program Professor Charles Colgan at 780-4008 or at csc@usm.maine.edu.

Charles Colgan is Professor of Public Policy and Management and Chair of the Community Planning and Development program in the Muskie School at USM.  He has taught survey research for more than 20 years at the Muskie School and has conducted numerous survey projects involving planning and policy issues for local, state, and federal agencies.

Watch the February 2014 episode of USM Connections featuring Charles Colgan, Chair and Professor of Community Planning and Development

Charles Colgan 

 

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