Planning Commission & Board of Zoning
Appeals Member Training
Presented by the Tennessee Chapter of the American Planning Association https://tennessee.planning.org/
With our nation still battling COVID-19, and out of concern for the well-being of our community leaders and staff, we canceled our in-person training session this year in favor of conducting the training online. We know, missing that delicious meal at Sulphur Springs United Methodist is going to be a big let down. Thankfully, the TN Chapter of the American Planning Association, who also had to cancel our Fall conference, moved training for our state's planners online this year in what they called "Get it Done Fridays". With their permission, we are pleased to be able to share these training videos with you to help fulfill your required 4 hours of annual training required by Tennessee Code Annotated 13-3-101, 13-4-101, 13-7-106, and 13-7-205.
More videos will be added soon as new sessions are taking place in the month of December. Here you will find links to the videos as well as a link to SurveyMonkey for you to certify you have viewed the training materials. Completing the survey after watching these videos will allow us to be able to issue you a training certificate for calendar year 2020.
Planning Commission/BZA Training
Deborah Fisher, TN Coalition for Open Government
Ms. Fisher will provide an overview of the open records and open meeting laws governing the State of Tennessee. She will review best
practices related to government transparency and will also provide an overview of how virtual meetings have been implemented across the
state along with lessons learned in this new meeting format.
Leslie Meehan, TN Department of Health
Ms. Meehan will co-present: As planners, most of us enter our profession with the deeply rooted goal of helping shape vibrant, livable communities that welcome all people. However, this aim too often gets sidetracked through the demand of navigating regulations, codes, and policies. How can we find a middle ground between these two, and is there even a way to balance them? This session will be a moderated dialogue where we’ll cover the planning moments that make us most proud, and the times that left us unsure of how to proceed. This discussion will be rooted in the recognition of our drive to be ethical practitioners and will include a discussion on how ethics manifests in everyday practice.
Ethics Cases of the Year: 2020
Rebecca Ketchie, Attorney with Wilson Worley, Kingsport, TN
Bill Terry & Sam Edwards
Every year, SETD planning staff conducts training for planning commission and BZA members throughout the region. The training sessions meet the annual training requirement in TCA 13-3-101, 13-4-101, 13-7-106, and 13-7-205. Participants who attend a training session receive a certificate of completion which documents that they have met the training requirement for that year. Please contact SETD staff if you are interested in attending a future training session.
2017 Training Planning Commissioner & BZA Training
October 23 in Cleveland, TN & October 24 in Powells Crossroads, TN
Exercise 1 – Rezoning with a Future Land Use Map
Exercise 2 – Planning Commission Trivia
Exercise 3 – Defining a “Subdivision” in Tennessee
Exercise 4 – “What’s Missing?” – A Look at Subdivision Plats