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Seminar Descriptions
New York State Community Seminar Series

Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) and Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) Program

BOA Getting Started

Audience - BOA Program project managers, advisory committee members, elected officials, municipal professionals, planning board members, municipal consultants, and Community Based Organization leadership.

As each community begins the BOA process, it is necessary to review the purpose and ultimate potential associated with the successful completion of the three-step BOA planning process.  This seminar will provide an overview of the BOA program and how the BOA process can guide a meaningful revitalization effort, as well as review the planning framework and specific tasks required to complete a BOA Step 1 Pre-Nomination Study and a Step 2 Nomination.  It will introduce you to the process of describing and confirming study area boundaries, inventory and analysis, identifying strategic redevelopment opportunities, and developing a communication and community participation process that will keep your community informed and involved in the revitalization effort.

BOA Grant Administration

Audience - BOA Program project managers, municipal financial officer, municipal professionals, advisory committee members, and municipal consultants.

Effective administration of your grant will contribute to the quality and overall success of your BOA project.  This seminar will walk you through the contents of your BOA grant contract, highlighting specific contractual requirements and administrative responsibilities.  It will provide you with the nuts and bolts of project documentation, reporting, and records management, and will introduce you to project management approaches and practices that will allow you to set realistic schedules, measure your successes, and help keep your project on track.

DEC’s Remedial Programs

Audience – BOA Program project managers, municipal officials, municipal professionals, advisory committee members, and municipal consultants

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has a range of programs to assist communities in the clean-up and redevelopment of brownfield sites.  As your BOA project advances, it is important to understand how these other brownfield programs can complement the redevelopment strategies that you are developing under the BOA program.  This seminar will provide you with an understanding of barriers to brownfield redevelopment, the evolution of the State’s remedial programs and tips for successfully assessing the environmental condition of a property. 

Two programs—the Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) and the Environmental Restoration Program (ERP)—will be explored in-depth, including the purpose and technical requirements of each, and how these programs and others can help you to advance your remediation efforts.  In addition, the Superfund and Petroleum Spill programs will be covered in this half-day session. 

Developing A Community Vision

Audience - LWRP project managers, advisory committee members, elected officials, municipal professionals, planning board members, municipal consultants, and Community Based Organization leadership.

A community vision plan provides the essential foundation and framework to guide planning activities and decisions.  Through the planning process, community members work together to describe their vision for the future and define the goals and actions necessary to achieve that vision.  This seminar will: introduce the purpose, various approaches and component parts of the vision planning process; review the leadership role of the advisory committee and consultant; clarify the relationship between the vision plan, the LWRP and other revitalization efforts; introduce methods and techniques of participatory planning; and, prepare you to establish effective communication strategies to engage the public and build support for the planning process and outcomes.

Economic and Market Trends Analysis

Audience - LWRP and BOA Program project managers, advisory committee members, elected officials, municipal professionals, planning board members, municipal consultants, and Community Based Organization leadership.

An understanding of a community's economic and market conditions and trends is necessary to successfully stimulate the local economy and foster growth to achieve the community vision.  This seminar will provide an overview of Economic and Market Trends Analysis.  To help move your project forward, the seminar will: introduce the range of economic and market studies available; review considerations in selecting the appropriate consultant and type of study that fits the needs of your project; and, demonstrate how to integrate the economic and market analysis findings into your LWRP or BOA plan.

Introduction to Brownfields

Audience - BOA Program project managers, advisory committee members, elected officials, municipal professionals, planning board members, municipal consultants, and Community Based Organization leadership.

Brownfield redevelopment holds promise for community revitalization across New York State.  This seminar introduces the many facets of brownfield redevelopment and discusses them within the context of the BOA program.  It provides a historical perspective as well as the evolution of brownfield cleanup programs and their influence on brownfield redevelopment.  This seminar will introduce strategies for successful redevelopment and will provide a roadmap to guide you through the redevelopment process, from initial site identification to BOA plan implementation.

Inventory & Analysis

Audience - LWRP and BOA Program project managers, advisory committee members, elected officials, municipal professionals, planning board members, municipal consultants, and Community Based Organization leadership.

Inventory and analysis are common but critically important steps in all planning and design activities.  Through the investigative process, an understanding is gained of the natural, built, cultural and regulatory conditions that must be considered in project planning and decisions.  Systematic and deliberate analysis of those conditions, in coordination with the community's vision and goals, is the basis for informed decisions.  This seminar will: provide an overview of inventory and analysis process; introduce methods and documentation specific to the LWRP or BOA plan; clarify the relationship between inventory, analysis and community vision; introduce how the inventory and analysis findings are used to refine and confirm the community's vision; and, show how the findings become the foundation for local policies, new laws and implementation projects.

LWRP Grant Administration

Audience - LWRP project managers, municipal financial officer, municipal professionals, advisory committee members, and municipal consultants.

Starting a project with a clear understanding of the administrative requirements and the appropriate management approach will provide the necessary foundation and structure to insure a project's success.  This seminar will provide an in-depth review of the administrative responsibilities and reporting procedures required by the Department of State for Environmental Protection Fund LWRP grant awards.  You will be guided through the specifics of contract content, project documentation and reporting, record management, and other important procedures to establish and maintain high project quality.  The grant administration techniques will show you how to establish realistic project schedules, meet deadlines, and receive prompt project approvals and reimbursements. 

NYS Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA)

Audience - LWRP and BOA Program project managers, advisory committee members, elected officials, municipal professionals, planning board members, and municipal consultants.

The New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) process provides the tools to identify and evaluate the potential adverse environmental impacts of actions directly undertaken, funded, or subject to approval by state, regional or local government agencies.  Through this seminar you will gain a clear understanding of: the purpose, intent and requirements of SEQRA; how SEQRA is integrated into the planning process when developing a BOA plan and LWRP; and, the steps required to complete the SEQRA review process.

Organization for Leadership

Audience - LWRP and BOA Program project managers, advisory committee members, elected officials, municipal professionals, planning board members, municipal consultants, and Community Based Organization leadership.

Strong local leadership and support is critical to the success of all community planning, including the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) and the Brownfield Opportunity Areas (BOA) program.  This seminar establishes the foundation for effective community leadership and demonstrates the value of good design and a thoughtful planning process to the physical condition, social well-being, and economic health of a community.  Seminar participants will better understand their role and responsibilities to lead and contribute to their community’s planning efforts and implementation projects.  Techniques introduced for organizing and developing community leadership will enable the advisory committee to establish working procedures, develop communication and outreach strategies, and prepare long and short-term action agendas.
Overview of the LWRP Process

Audience - LWRP project managers, advisory committee members, elected officials, municipal professionals, planning board members, municipal consultants, and Community Based Organization leadership.

Success happens when you understand the intent of an LWRP and how preparation requires continued community participation.  The resulting adopted LWRP provides a community with a comprehensive land and water management program that guides waterfront revitalization by balancing resource protection with a community’s development needs.  As you begin preparing an LWRP, it is important to understand its full intent, the steps required for its successful completion, and your role in guiding the planning and adoption process.  This seminar will: provide a comprehensive overview of the benefits of an LWRP; describe the purpose behind the different LWRP sections; outline the LWRP adoption process; and, explain how an LWRP facilitates implementation. 

The Role of Consultants (BOA) & The Role of Consultants (LWRP)

Audience - LWRP and BOA Program project managers, advisory committee members, elected officials, municipal professionals, planning board members, municipal consultants, and Community Based Organization leadership.

There is a tremendous range of professional expertise available to assist communities to plan and implement their LWRP or BOA program projects.  Selecting the right consulting firm and forming an effective working relationship is key to the quality of the planning process, document preparation and ultimate project implementation.  These two sessions—one tailored specifically for LWRP grantee communities and one for BOA grantee communities—will: prepare you to identify the type of specialized assistance your community needs; guide you through the process of procuring proposals, conducting interviews, selecting consultants, and entering into contracts in accordance with LWRP or BOA program requirements; and introduce methods to establish and maintain communication and project review procedures.

Using the Adopted LWRP

Audience - LWRP project managers, advisory committee members, elected officials, municipal professionals, planning board members, municipal consultants, and Community Based Organization leadership.

A community’s vision can blossom into reality through its adopted LWRP.  This seminar shows how to strategically organize for implementation, select priority projects, and develop specific implementation and funding strategies for those projects.  Learn techniques for keeping the community involved in waterfront revitalization efforts, understand when and how to revisit your LWRP, and realize the importance of ongoing evaluation, good project design, and quality community development.


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