Workshops & Training

Local Planning Boards and Boards of Appeal Workshop

Sponsored by: Maine Municipal Association
Date: 10/12/2023
Location: Maine Municipal Association, 60 Community Drive, Augusta, ME 04330
Time: Registration: 4:00-4:30pm / Workshop: 4:00-8:30pm (dinner is provided)
Presenter(s): Attorneys from the MMA Legal Services Department
Cost: MMA Member: $70; Non-Member: $140

Training for: Planning, Public Works, MMA

Who Should Attend:
This workshop is a basic introduction to the rules and procedures governing municipal planning boards and board of appeals. It is designed primarily for new and less experienced planning board and board of appeals members. However, it is also a great refresher for long-time board members. Code Enforcement Officers and municipal officers may find this course helpful as an overview to the role of these boards in their municipalities.

Course Information:
This course is based on MMA’s Planning Board and Local Land Use Appeals Board manuals. The workshop will cover material from the manuals, including how to conduct a board meeting, how to comply with Maine’s Freedom of Access Act requirements pertaining to open meetings and public records, and the procedures for making a decision, such as how to evaluate evidence on which to base a decision and how to draft findings of fact and conclusions of law. The workshop will also cover the appeals process, including appeals to a board of appeals and to Superior Court.

Workshop Materials:

A packet of workshop materials will be provided at the workshop. Participants are encouraged to review MMA’s Planning Board and Local Land Use Appeals Board manuals for more information on the topics covered at the workshop. The manuals are available to purchase online at or by calling the MMA Publications department at (800) 452-8786. The manuals may also may be downloaded for free from MMA’s website (, under the Member Center


Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation notification must be provided in writing. Cancellations received before 10/5/23 will be assessed a $15 administrative fee for processing. Cancellations received after 10/5/23 will be charged 50% of the course fee. Any cancellation received the day of the event will be charged the full registration fee.

Please visit to cancel your registration for an event. If you have any questions, please contact the Educational Services Office at (800) 452-8786 or (207) 623-8428.


Other Upcoming PB/BOA Workshop Date & Location:

Wednesday, December 6th – Zoom Webinar

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Notices & Information

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