PDS to provide required continuing education for boards of adjustment

In an effort to make it as easy as possible for board of adjustment members to stay current with state-mandated continuing education, PDS staff and Louisville area attorney, David Pike, will host a four-hour training session at 8 AM on November 1st. The training will be provided at the PDS offices in Fort Mitchell.

This is part of an ongoing effort to support Kenton County city boards and provide training free of cost to their appointed members.

State law requires that members of planning commissions, boards of adjustment, and professional planners throughout the commonwealth pursue continuing education on an annual basis. This training is being geared toward new board members and as a refresher for members whose boards don’t meet regularly.

“We will be covering the role and responsibilities of the board of adjustment and its members,” said Martin Scribner, AICP, Director of Planning and Zoning Administration for PDS. “We will go over possible legal issues and case studies for each one of the four types of issues the boards are authorized to decide.”

Board of adjustment members typically meet a few times a year when they have applications for conditional use permits, variances, appeals of administrator decisions, and to approve applications for changes from one non-conforming use to another.

The PDS-sponsored training will provide four hours of required orientation credit for new members and half of the required credit existing members need for a two-year term.

TBNK personnel will videotape the training session for any members not in attendance. Scribner stated, “We usually have a pretty good turnout and plan to provide a DVD of the session to all of the municipalities in Kenton County.”

PDS also hosts regular continuing education webinars on varying subjects that are provided by groups such as the American Planning Association.

In the past, this training has been well attended. “We do it free of charge,” said Scribner. “It can be expensive to send board members to training around the region, so we’re happy to serve our communities and do it locally.”