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Powers, Duties, and Responsibilities of Planning Commissions and Boards of Adjustment   

This workshop is designed for local officials, staff, and others who want a more thorough understanding of the powers, duties, and responsibilities of planning commissions and boards of adjustment. What you will learn: (1) the legal authority and responsibility under Alabama law for planning commission and board of adjustment members – what each can do and cannot do; (2) Where the planning commission’s authority ends and the board of adjustment’s authority begins; the relationship between the city council and the planning commission; (3) how the law says an aggrieved party can appeal a determination by boards of adjustment, building inspector, etc.

TOPICS INCLUDE: (1) How Chapter 52 of the Code of Alabama assign responsibility for local planning among four governmental entities; (2) How the comprehensive or master plan is implemented in part through various regulatory devices. (The role of zoning in land use planning); (3) How the board of adjustment serves as a “safety valve” to minimize hardships; (4) Proper and improper uses of variances; (5) Administrative and legal issues in local planning: The test of “hardship,” “takings,” and other topics. A number of case studies and examples are used throughout the workshop to maintain the program’s focus on practical day-to-day issues faced by the typical Alabama municipality.

 

  • Powers, Duties, and Responsibilities of Planning Commissions and Boards of Adjustment
  • Fee: $82.00
    Item Number: 21FAAPI1021027B
    Dates: 10/27/2021 - 10/27/2021
    Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Days: W
    Sessions: 1
    Building: Zoom/Online Training
    Room: Zoom
    Instructor: Todd McDonald
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