October 29 & 30, 2020
South Central Service Cooperative – 2075 Lookout Dr, North Mankato, MN 56003
GTS Educational Events, as part of its Land Use Training & Education Program, is proud to present the 2020 Regional Land Use Conference Series. The purpose of the regional conferences is to provide timely, relevant, and accessible land-use related information in a convenient “one-stop” opportunity. The conference format also gives attendees time for peer learning, networking and connections to local and statewide resources.
These one and a half day regional conferences will be held in October in the Twin Cities Metro area, the greater St. Cloud area, and the greater Mankato area. Topics will include the essential components of land use planning & zoning, a deeper dive into specific issues and plenary sessions providing information and resources to support the work of community planning. Participants can choose to attend both days or one day, depending on their needs and schedules. See the concurrent session options below for more information!
2020 KEYNOTE SPEAKER
About Susan Brower
Minnesota State Demographer
Keynote Title – Demographic Shifts and the Role In Planning
In this keynote presentation, Minnesota State Demographer Megan Dayton will share the new social and economic realities that are brought about by recent demographic shifts, and how demographic changes in regions and communities impact a range of areas including workforce, education, health, housing and transportation. Understanding the demographics in your region and community and how to access and use the data is a key component in helping you and your community plan for the present and the future.
2020 Regional Land Use – South Central Agenda
Thursday, October 29th, 2020
1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Planning & Zoning – The Essentials with Phil Carlson
Friday, October 30th, 2020
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Welcome & Keynote, Susan Brower
9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Morning Break
9:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. 3 Concurrent Session Options (see below!)
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Lunch Break
12:15 p.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch Speaker
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 3 Concurrent Session Options (see below!)
CONCURRENT SESSION OPTIONS
Pre-Conference Session – Land Use Planning & Zoning: The Essential Elements
This workshop is an abbreviated version of the Basics of Planning & Zoning, covering the essential information needed to understand planning, zoning and subdivision regulations. Participants will learn how planning and zoning tools can assist in development and redevelopment, as well as understand the roles and responsibilities of the various stakeholders involved in the planning process. Topics covered include: an introduction to land use planning, tools used for planning and zoning, planning exercises, procedures in the planning process, and discussion and questions. Audience: Designed for anyone new to land use planning or interested in a review of the fundamentals.
Presenter – Phil Carlson of Stantec
Option 1 – Beyond The Essentials
In this workshop, participants will learn how planning and zoning tools are used to deal with a variety of development issues influencing a community’s built environment. The complexities of variances and CUPs are a major focus, but we will also take your suggestions on what needs to be covered. The presentation will cover the what, when, and why (with “how-to’s” and “how-not-to’s”) with examples and case studies!
Presenter – Phil Carlson of Stantec
Option 2 – Manage Risk: Know the Legal Basics of Planning & Zoning
Through a review of the fundamental principles and key legal issues that guide land use decisions, as well as interactive discussions of case studies, participants in this session will learn how to make sound and legally supportable land use decisions. This workshop covers the legal basics of planning and zoning including statutory authority and constitutional limits, open meeting law, conducting public hearings, making findings of fact, the 60-day rule and avoiding litigation.
Presenter – Kori Land of LeVander, Gillen & Miller, P.A.
Option 3 – Tailoring Opportunity Zones to Your Community
Since their designation in 2018, Opportunity Zones have generated significant attention as a potential tool to drive new investment in long underserved communities. While OZs are already generating millions of dollars of investment, they also come with serious concerns for the communities in which they are located. Opportunity Zone projects also look very different in urban and rural areas, and communities must tailor their approaches to best coordinate local development opportunities with potential sources of funding. In this session, the partners behind the MN Opportunity Collaborative will provide an overview of the incentive, explain how communities can leverage Opportunity Zones through collaboration on projects, outline how to make sure projects result in genuine social impact in Minnesota, and provide a hands-on opportunity to work through a case study that brings all of these ideas together.
Presenters – Elissa Hansen & Karl Schuettler of Northspan
We’d love to see you at our 2020 South Central Regional Land Use Conference!
Days 1 & 2 | $150
Day 1 | $70
Day 2 | $110 *Day 2 includes lunch
About GTS Educational Events
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