Planning in the Time of COVID-19

April 3: Training and Discussion - "COVID-19 and the Legal Landscape"

Join APA RI and learn how COVID-19 is impacting local planning efforts and how communities can continue planning operations.  Understand the emergency rulings that have made for temporary changes to the municipal planning landscape, including Open Meeting Law, permitting, and other planning operations. Learn how you can navigate this landscape with proper guidance and techniques all in a virtual meeting landscape. (1.5 CM)

Time: 12P-1:30P

Instructors: Amy H. Goins, Esq. of Ursillo, Teitz & Ritch, Ltd. and Kaela Gray, Planning Director, Town of South Kingstown

Log-in information:
Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 929 205 6099  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 253 215 8782
Webinar ID: 454 662 935

Updates and Useful Information:

Did you miss the webinar on Zoom software and using Roberts Rules for remote meetings? Here is the link to the video; and here is more information discussed during the session:

Guidance for virtual public meetings from the RI Department of Administration
Recommendations for remote participation from Common Cause RI
Questions and answers from Virtual Meetings webinar 3-31-20

Guidance from the Attorney General’s Office:
Follow this LINK to a summary of the recent executive order on relaxation of the Open Meetings Act (until at least May 8, 2020) public meetings and response. Remember that the AG's Open Meetings staff are available to help with any questions!

Open Meetings Resources and Considerations: RI League of Cities and Towns
Follow this LINK to a summary of Open Meetings resources and considerations that the League has shared with affiliate members. This will continue to evolve, so please note the date and time at the top as new iterations are shared.

Open Meetings Resources and Considerations: Toole Design Group
Follow this LINK for some useful guidelines from Toole Design, a consultant based in Maryland with offices in Boston.

Municipal Guidance for Virtual Meetings:
Town of East Greenwich
City of Providence
Town of South Kingstown

Rhode Island Planners Listserv
While it's been dormant for quite some time, we DO have a Rhode Island Planners Listserv. This is a place where we can share ideas with one another as we all go through the trial and error of figuring out this new landscape. Are you testing out new online participation platforms? Do you have questions for your colleagues in other communities or helpful tips?

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