Education and Training

A Year of Transportation Programs

The 2017 educational programs have centered on the role and impact of transportation on land use decisions. Below are links to some of the presentations and materials from each event:

March 29, 2017: Rockland Municipal Planning Federation's 29th Annual Dinner Meeting. A Year of Transportation kicked off with keynote speaker Sam Schwartz (aka Gridlock Sam), President and CEO of Sam Schwartz, a multi-disciplinary consulting firm and former NYC Commissioner of Planning, who presented "Streetsmart: The Rise of Cities and the Fall of Cars."

April 13, 2017: Rethinking our Streets: A Regional Partner's Perspective. For years, street design has been focused on a single mode of transportation: the automobile.  The Complete Streets approach reflects our changing understanding of and attitude toward our streets, giving access to multiple modes of transportation, including walking, biking and public transit, to people of all ages and abilities. Presenters: Guatam Mani, Community Planner at the Federal Highway Administration – New York Division; Shannon Purdy, Highway Safety Specialist at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; and Veronica Vanterpool, past Executive Director of Tri-State Transportation Campaign.

June 15, 2017: What the Future Holds for Suburban Mobility in Rockland County. This session gave an overview of the forthcoming Regional Plan Association's Fourth Regional Plan, "A Region Transformed: Building a Long-Term Vision for the Metropolitan Region."  It examined how demographic, climate, and economic changes in our region might transform transportation needs and decisions in the future. Presenter: Kate Slevin, Vice President of State Programs and Advocacy at the Regional Plan Association (RPA).

October 15, 2017: Complete Streets Walkabout: New City. This walking tour of recent improvements to Main Street in New City gave a real-life demonstration what the Complete Streets approach looks like when put into practice. Presenters/Guides: Maximilian A. Stach, AICP, Partner at Nelson, Pope & Voorhis, LLC; Richard R. Hopkins, P.E., Behan Planning and Design.

October 25, 2017: When Main Street is a State Highway. NYS Route 17 is a important commuter route that also runs through Sloatsburg's village center.  The Route 17 Sloatsburg Complete Streets project provided an example of how a flexible, community-friendly approach can balance and bring into harmony the oftentimes competing goals of local residents and regional agencies.  Presenters: Mayor Carl Wright, Village of Sloatsburg; Deputy Mayor Peter Akey, Village of Sloatsburg; Darrell Fraiser, Village of Sloatsburg Beautification Committee; and Sandra Jobson, Sloatsburg Complete Streets Project Manager for NYSDOT.

November 13, 2017: Zoning and Transportation, Mutual Impacts.  Co-sponsored by the Urban Land Institute of Westchester and Fairfield, this session explored the connections between land use, transportation, and economic development, and looked at changes in transportation trends and their impacts on our region. Moderated by David Schiff, AICP, PP of Kimley-Horn. Presenters: Joe Simoes, Planning Director for the Town of Clarkstown; Jeffrey Smith, mobility specialist from Kimley-Horn, Jeremy Schulman, President and CEO of the Rockland Economic Development Corporation; and Arthur Collins, Principal of Collins Enterprises, LLC.

Fair_Housing_008.JPGOne of the main purposes of the Rockland Municipal Planning Federation is to promote the exchange of information, education, and training on planning and zoning methods and techniques. The Federation has been providing many training opportunities since its inception in 1989, on topics related to planning, zoning, and land use. Topics have focused on...

  • Housing
  • Historic Preservation
  • Environmental Issues (wetlands, steep slopes)
  • Stormwater Management
  • State Environmental Quality Review Act
  • Water Resources
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Demographics
  • Green Infrastructure and Development
  • Transportation and Economic Development

In addition to these educational opportunities, the Rockland Municipal Planning Federation also sponsors an annual dinner, usually held in March, and a keynote speaker presents on a topic that has countywide significance.

As of January 2007, New York State requires that all planning and zoning board of appeals members must attend four hours of educational seminars per year that are related to planning, zoning and land use issues. The educational sessions offered by the Federation help these board members attain their required training hours. The educational sessions are always held in Rockland County, and are free to all who attend.