On April 8, 2015, the Planning and Law Division of the American Planning Association is hosting the webinar “Ethical Rules and Considerations for Planners, Planning Commissioners, and Lawyers.”  This program may be of interest to many of our readers.  While ethics always matter in the planning context, they may be especially critical in the context of a local government’s consideration of proposed religious uses.  As we have reported many times before, questionable comments by local officials, and even members of the public, can be used by religious applicants to support claims under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA).

Here’s a description of the PLD’s program:

Please join this important, informative, and engaging webinar, sponsored by APA’s Planning and Law Division, on the ethical rules and considerations governing planners, planning commissioners, and lawyers who work with planners and appear before planning commissions. The webinar will cover the primary sources of ethical rules, common ethical mistakes, and procedures to correct common mistakes. In addition, the webinar will have an interactive component that will enable participants to interact with the presenters and other participants on ethical scenarios.

Program panelists are:

  • David Silverman – Attorney, Ancel Glink (moderator)
  • Hiram Peck, FAICP – Director of Planning and Community Development, Town of Simsbury, CT
  • Brian Smith – Attorney, Robinson and Cole, LLP
  • Evan Seeman – Attorney, Robinson and Cole, LLP

For more information, including registration, click here.