Basics of Zoning Meetings

APA Ohio Cleveland Section


Friday, November 2, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. EDT

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You have been appointed to serve on the planning commission, board of zoning appeals or design review board. Now what? Appointed boards and commissions make important decisions that can profoundly affect landowners, neighbors and the entire community – often with significant impact on property values, the character of the neighborhoods and even the future quality of community live. Make the wrong decision, and it can cost the community in far reaching ways. This session will provide a basic understanding of the types of decisions being made (legislative, administrative or quasi-judicial), the types of meeting being conducted (work session, public meeting or public hearing), and the purposes of the meeting (to gather opinion, negotiate a decision or gather evidence). We will also cover best practices for making sure meetings are civil, effective and productive, such as the importance of establishing procedures, the important and complex role of the chair and ways to deal with contentious situations.


Kristen Hopkins

Kristin Hopkins, FAICP, has over 29 years of experience working with a wide range of communities (large, small, urban, rural) on land use planning initiatives, including 10 years in the public sector working for the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission. Ms. Hopkins has worked with a number of townships in the ... Read More

Sam O'Leary

Sam O’Leary is an Associate Attorney with the Matty, Henrikson and Greve, LLC. Samuel’s primary areas of practice are in municipal law, general civil litigation, and workers’ compensation. In his practice Samuel has assisted municipalities and other political subdivisions in areas including employment law, land use and acquisition ... Read More

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