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Land Use Leadership Alliance Training Program

LULA 2012

Land Use Leadership Alliance Training Program Short Course The Land Use Law Center trainers are pleased to announce the Land Use Leadership Alliance Training Program Short Course on June 15 & June 16, 2012. This course is designed for local leaders who have expressed an interest in attending the Land Use Leadership Alliance Training Program, but who have been unable to attend in the past. 
The training program is structured to significantly benefit board members, citizen/advisory committee members, and planners, among other local leaders in developing and reinforcing their local land use decision-making skills and by providing them with strategic tools needed to address local land use issues of critical importance.  The training program will also offer local officials and leaders a rare opportunity to discuss the land use issues they are facing in their communities with peers and experienced professionals.
When: June 15 and June 16, 2012
Where: Pace University School of Law, White Plains, NY
Registration Fee: $100 per day. (For attorneys requesting CLE credits there will be an additional charge of $75.)
For more information go to www.pace.edu/school-of-law/upcoming-events

What if significant land use decisions didn’t tear communities apart?
What if citizens felt that their opinions mattered and were considered?
What if local leaders knew what their community wanted and felt they had the support to make tough choices?

The Land Use Leadership Alliance Training Program is designed to help local leaders and communities accomplish this by building a network of local leaders with extensive knowledge in land use law and collaborative techniques.

The Land Use Leadership Alliance Training Program (LULA) was created to build capacity for change among land use leaders at the local level of government. The Land Use Leadership Alliance Training Program is a four-day course that teaches participants how to use land use law, consensus building, and community decision-making techniques to achieve sustainable community development. The program was designed to put needed technical and process tools in the hands of local leaders whose decisions create the land use patterns that will determine the quality of life, the economy, and the environment of communities in Connecticut. The program has the ability to adjust to and learn from the issues and needs of each participant. This training format arms graduates with more than just relevant knowledge; most leave with a renewed sense of hope in their communities’ ability to deal with change. As evidence of this, the motto of the LULA – creating communities, one conversation at a time – comes from a graduating participant who was describing what he learned form the program about his role as a local official.
The purpose of the program is to use law and negotiation theory to help local leaders understand that solutions to complex and persistent problems are more likely to be reached through authentic collaborative initiatives than the typical adversarial process. To increase the effectiveness of each program, it is taught on a “train-the-trainer” model so that participants are empowered to share that they experience with others. As a result, it encourages the creation of leadership networks, initiates and support grassroots regionalism, creates opportunities for civic engagement, and fosters intentionally sustainable communities.
"A model program for the nation, one that is institutionalizing sustainable development at the local level."  
Paul Johnson, Former Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA.

LULA Training Content

The four, full day sessions taught over eight weeks, provide a broad range of tools and techniques to meet the needs of each participant. Presentations and written materials are provided that introduce participants to over 50 land use techniques that are available to local governments in Connecticut to shape and control land use patterns and create sustainable communities. The LULA team maintains contact with program graduates to help nurture a network of collaborative leaders, keep them up-to-date on emerging trends and to help them adopt land use techniques appropriate for their communities and regions.

The training program also introduces participants to key concepts for negotiation, facilitated community decision-making, and consensus building. Extensive breakout sessions explore the many opportunities that exist in the local land use process to use these innovative techniques to prevent and resolve the types of land use controversies that typically occur as development and conservation projects are proposed and debated. Also covered are comprehensive planning and citizen participation and how they can be employed to create a positive framework for all local land use decisions.

The course provides a training manual and lecture handouts, and involves relevant case studies, with ample opportunity for interaction, discussion, and learning.

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 Networks of Effective Leaders

The premise of the LULA program is that new ideas are adopted at the local level through the twin concepts of “diffusion of innovation” and “adult learning”. A fundamental component of LULA is recruiting a hierarchy of opinion leaders within communities. These individuals are broadly respected and open to testing new ideas. These “early adopters” are key to enabling the adoption of innovative land use practices at the local, grassroots level. Because the new techniques are initiated by trusted community leaders, citizens are more likely to listen to and support them; especially because the techniques seek citizen participation.

The LULA program helps these opinion leaders realize the extensive authority that local governments have to influence development patterns and the critical role that planning plays in the adoption of new ordinances and regulations.

The negotiation and community decision-making components help leaders apply techniques that can bring the community to consensus on land use legislation and approvals. Over time, graduates form networks of leaders who work together to create livable communities and change unsustainable patterns of growth.

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The program encourages participation from all the players in the land use decision making process - locally elected and appointed officials, developers, local landowners, attorneys, chamber of commerce leaders, business leaders, environmental groups, and community activists.

Programs have been held for the leaders of adjacent communities in specific watershed areas with an emphasis placed on intermunicipal compacts and agreements.

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The Connecticut Land Use Leadership Alliance training program is the extension of a program developed by the Pace University Land Use Law Center in the Hudson River Valley starting in 1995, where it has graduated more than 1200 local leaders and received the official support of over one hundred municipalities. In Connecticut, training programs have been held since the program’s inception in 2005.

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The Staff

The “staff” for the Connecticut program consists of a Program Coordinator, Land Use Law Trainer, Negotiation Trainer, a Natural Resources Conservationist from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and a member of the Eastern Connecticut Resource Conservation and Development Council. Click here for more information on the LULA staff.


Program Contacts

Attorney Tiffany Zezula
Land Use Law Center Advisor
Pace University School of Law
Land Use Law Center
78 North Broadway
White Plains, NY 10603

Attorney Marjorie Shansky
LULA Trainer
61 East Grand Avenue
New Haven, CT 06513

William Logue, JD
The Logue Group/LULA Trainer
33 Holbrook Road
West Hartford, CT 06107

Seth Lerman
Resource Conservationist
Natural Resources Conservation Service
344 Merrow Road
Tolland, CT 06084

Elizabeth Rogers
Eastern Connecticut RC&D Coordinator
Natural Resources Conservation Service
392E Merrow Road, Twin Ponds Center
Tolland, CT 06084

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Download a copy of the LULA Brochure (pdf)


Lula Website

Eastern RC&D Website

Pace University School of Law Land Use Law Center

Gaining Ground Information Database

Land Use Leaders Website

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PowerPoint introduction to the LULA Program

Click here to download a PowerPoint introduction to the LULA Program, as presented to the National Association of RC&D Council's National Conference in Savannah, GA. 2.9 MB

Click here to download the PowerPoint presentation as pdf document. 3.07 MB

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