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STW – Trainings on Solar Regulation, Farmland Protections, and Regulating Telecomm Facilities
November 6 @ 3:30 pm - 8:30 pm$25 – $35
SOLAR ENERGY REGULATIONS
1.5 HRS PZ/CEO CREDIT
This course will address the authority of local governments to regulate photovoltaic solar energy systems—from modest residential and agricultural systems to large-scale institutional and commercial solar arrays and sun farms. Environmental and economic benefits and aesthetic challenges will be discussed, and tools such as the NYS Unified Solar Permit are provided to allow solar arrays and regulate their impact.
FARMLAND PROTECTION &
2 HRS PZ/CEO CREDIT
Farming communities face many challenges that threaten both the rural landscape and New York’s rich agricultural heritage. Development pressures to convert farmland and changes in the agricultural industry have resulted in a staggering loss of family farms and farmland, as well as agricultural support businesses. This course offers a two-tiered approach to farmland preservation; first an overview of land tools that can help protect farmland and preserve rural landscapes; second, a look at strategies that support the local agricultural economy
TIPS FOR REGULATING
.5 HR PZ/CEO CREDIT
Changes to federal law have placed restrictions on the extent to which local governments can regulate both large telecommunications facilities and the small cell components of growing 5G network. But that doesn’t mean the abilities of local officials to influence telecommunications towers and small cell systems are entirely preempted. This course aims to dispel misperceptions and answer questions about the application process for structures that nearly all of us utilize, but few of us wish to have right outside our windows.