Greene and Columbia Counties, in cooperation with the NYS Department of State Local Government Services, are pleased to announce this upcoming training session for local officials, municipal planning boards, and zoning boards of appeals. Registration is required, however, there is no fee to attend and sessions are open to the public.
Columbia-Greene Community College – 4400 NYS Route 23, Professional Academic Center(PAC), Senator Saland Forum, Room #614, Hudson, NY 12534
The regulation of signs isn’t just a zoning issue— when regulating signage, municipalities must be careful not to violate free speech. This course reveals what municipalities may and may not regulate in commercial or non-commercial signage and explores how signage can be regulated for community aesthetics. The session also addresses the drafting of a sign control law; the content of local sign control regulations; regulating billboards and other off-premises signs, and eliminating nonconforming or undesirable signs.
This session addresses the goals and requirements associated with holding meetings, in contrast to the purposes and legal requirements surrounding a public hearing. It explores the role of the chairperson in conducting effective meetings and hearings and includes a discussion of how to manage the public and the media in the context of a hearing or meeting. Also addressed are aspects of the Open Meetings Law, including executive sessions, quorums, minutes, and public notices.