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Striking the Right Balance in Land Use and Economic Development

Municipal Training WEBINAR

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Striking the Right Balance in Land Use and Economic Development


11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Feeling like the carrot AND the stick? Many communities struggle to find a comfortable balance between the desires of the business community, the desires of residents, and the requirements of existing zoning regulations and regulatory processes.

In this session, the presenters will offer suggestions for finding this balance by exploring topics like navigating “doing business” in CT; the role of economic development in the local land-use regulatory process; what companies are really looking for in a community; ensuring your community is ready for a desired development project; why and how to say NO to a development proposal; and how to strike the right balance between zoning enforcement (which sometimes means saying no to business) while simultaneously encouraging the right kind of projects for your community.

Attendees will also learn about the Best Practices in Land Use and Economic Development Program, created by the Connecticut Economic Development Association and the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association, and how to utilize the program as a tool for balancing economic development and planning.

CCM PRESENTER back to top

Sadie Colcord
Associate Director of Partnerships

Courtney Hendricson
Vice Presidetn of Partnerships

Laura Brown
Associate Extension Educator - Community & Economic Developement
UConn Department of Extension

Kristen Gorski
Economic Development Coordinator
Town of West Hartford


  • First Selectmen, Mayors, Town/City Managers
  • Town/City Attorneys
  • Economic Development Personnel
  • Building Department Personnel
  • Boards/Commissions/Committees

HOW TO REGISTER back to top

CLICK HERE to be redirected to GoToWebinar, where attendees can register. 

Please contact CCM Training at or call (203) 498-3037.

CCMO back to top

Due to current conditions, CCM is not holding in-person trainings for participants in the CCMO program to earn credit hours. However, CCM would still like to provide opportunities to work toward completion in the program. 

Participants who attend the live broadcast of this webinar will earn 3 credit hours of Community Development. 



Fine Print back to top

UPDATES & CHANGES: Last minute changes and updates, weather postponements, cancellations, etc. will be posted on this page

CANCELLATION POLICY: We understand your schedule may change. Please let us know if you have registered and can no longer attend.

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