Planning and Zoning Webinars
The Center for Land Use Education conducts webinars for planning and zoning staff and new and continuing officials to learn about their roles and responsibilities. Webinars are approximately 1 hour in length. 

Previously recorded webinars are available for purchase. The cost is $20 each and includes the video recording along with webinar materials. Complete the order form to select your webinar recordings. A link to the webinar and an invoice will be emailed to you.

Fall 2021

Role of the Zoning Board of Adjustment/Appeals

September 29, 2021 - 6:00 - 7:30 PM (CT) Webinar w/ Q & A
Septemer 30, 2021 - 12:00 - 1:00 PM (CT) Additional Q & A

We’ll look at how zoning board members act like judges and how their decisions impact communities. Then we’ll take 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.

The webinar will be recorded and the recording available to registered participants.

Webinar cost: $20.00

Webinar registration through Eventbrite: Role of the Zoning Board of Adjustment/Appeals

Spring 2021

The Center for Land Use Education conducted a Spring webinar series for planning and zoning staff and new and continuing officials to learn about their roles and responsibilities related to zoning and subdivision regulations.

Shoreland Zoning 

Join us for a photo tour of waterfront properties. We know that waterfront property values depend on clear water, and that the fisheries in a lake are also an indicator of water quality and habitat. We’ll take a look at a range of waterfront properties and discuss how they are likely to impact the lake or river, and whether they meet state shoreland standards.

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.

Zoning Fundamentals 

This session discusses what zoning is and why most Wisconsin communities have adopted it. Then we’ll cover the roles of different local government bodies in adopting, amending and administering zoning.

Meeting and Hearing Conduct

In this session, we’ll look at meeting vignettes to learn how to conduct more effective meetings and hearings. We’ll discuss the difference between legislative and quasi-judicial decision-makers and the importance of creating an effective record of planning and zoning decisions.

Fall 2020

The Center for Land Use Education introduced a 5-part Zoning Webinar series designed to orient new and continuing Wisconsin officials and staff to their roles and responsibilities related to zoning.

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Basic Sessions

The Basic Sessions orientated newly elected and appointed officials, clerks, administrators, and others to planning and zoning. 

Watch the video recordings and access additional webinar materials. These two Basic Session are free:

Introduces three primary tools for land use decision-making: the comprehensive plan, zoning ordinance, and subdivision ordinance. Also looks at zoning decisions and different rules that apply when your plan commission and elected officials adopt and apply ordinances.

Covers decisions typically assigned to the zoning board of adjustment or appeals, including variances, administrative appeals, and conditional uses. Also looks at the quasi-judicial role of the zoning board and how their decisions impact communities. 

Advanced Sessions

The Advanced Sessions built on specific zoning topics including conditional uses, variances, and updating the zoning ordinance. There were 557 session attendees that included planning and zoning staff, experienced officials, community members, and individuals from various organizations.

The following webinars recordings are available for purchase. Webinar recordings are approximately 1 hour in length. The cost is $20 each and includes the video recording along with webinar materials. To order, please email: landcenter@uwsp.edu

New Rules for Conditional Uses

Take a deep dive into conditional uses! Designed for planning and zoning staff and experienced officials, this session will review new rules that apply to conditional uses. Learn how to apply the new standards, and discuss how to update your ordinance, forms, and procedures.

Variances

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.

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.