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Webinars provide the same planning and zoning training as our workshops but in remote format, making them accessible statewide. Webinars recordings are available to all registered participants. Non-registrants may purchase the recordings for a fee. Introductory webinar recordings are free.

Upcoming Offerings

Role of the Zoning Board of Adjustment/Appeals​​

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

This webinar looks at how zoning board members act like judges and how their decisions impact communities. It also takes a deep dive into variance decisions covering the different types of variances, legal standards for granting a variance, and how to create a complete record for the courts. 


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Previously Recorded

Introductory Planning & Zoning Webinars

Introductory planning and zoning webinar recordings are free with immediate access. Webinar recordings are approximately 1 hour in length. All recordings include the webinar video and materials.

Zoning Fundamentals

This webinar takes a look at what zoning is and why most Wisconsin communities have adopted it. The webinar also covers the roles of different local government bodies involve in adopting, amending and administering zoning.

Role of the Plan Commission

Introduces the three primary tools for land use decision-making: the comprehensive plan, zoning ordinance, and subdivision ordinance. It also looks at zoning decisions and the rules that apply to ordinance adoption and implementation.

Role of the Zoning Board

Covers decisions of the zoning board of adjustment or appeals, including variances, conditional uses, and administrative appeals. It also looks at the quasi-judicial role of the zoning board and how their decisions affect the community.

Previously Recorded

Advanced Planning & Zoning Webinars

Advanced webinar sessions cover specific zoning topics including conditional uses, variances, shoreland, groundwater, and updating the zoning ordinance. All webinars include the webinar video and materials. Advanced webinar recordings are $20 each.

Meeting & Hearing Conduct

Examines meeting vignettes to learn how to conduct more effective meetings and hearings. Discusses the difference between legislative and quasi-judicial decision-makers and the importance of creating an effective record of planning and zoning.

New Rules for Conditional Uses

Reviews new rules that apply to conditional uses. Learn how to apply the new standards, and discuss how to update your ordinance, forms, and procedures.

Refreshing Your Zoning Ordinance

From a simple rezone to complex ordinance updates, learn about the process for updating your zoning ordinance. Take a closer look at how communities are addressing new and emerging land uses, replacing long lists of dated uses with use categories, and incorporating graphics and other user-focused features.

Shoreland Zoning

As a Tool to Protect Property Values, Fish, Lakes, and Streams.

See what shoreland zoning standards accomplish. Take a photo tour of waterfront properties and discuss how they are likely to impact the lake or river. We’ve developed a new graphic to illustrate the benefits to fish, lakes and rivers.

Subdivision Regulations

Subdivision regulations provide a legal process for dividing and recording land. In this session, we’ll review state requirements for subdivisions, options for local land division ordinances, and the role of local government officials in reviewing plats and certified survey maps.


Designed for planning and zoning staff and the zoning board of adjustment or appeals, this session will take a closer look at variances. Learn about different types of variances, legal standards for granting a variance, and how to create a complete record for the courts.

Zoning as a Tool to Protect Groundwater

Discusses the strengths and weaknesses of zoning as a tool to protect groundwater. Topics include minimum lot sizes for homes on septic systems, zoning options for high nitrogen uses, and wellhead protection ordinances.