Members of planning and zoning boards and local legislative bodies constantly make decisions that may be worth millions of dollars to applicants and that may have serious impacts on public health and safety. Unlike other players in the land use decision making process members of local legislative bodies and land use boards have no specific education or training in land use matters prior to their election or appointment putting them in the position to learn solely from “on the job training”. Five (5) states currently require mandatory training and continuing education courses for members of planning boards and zoning boards of appeals.
States Beginning to Recognize that Training is Essential for Members of Planning and Zoning Boards and Local Legislative Bodies35 Real Est. L.J. 315
Citation Information35 Real Est. L.J. 315 (2006)