Workshops & Training

Local Planning Boards & Boards of Appeal Workshop sponsored by Maine Municipal Association – 8/25/22

Location: DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton, 363 Maine Mall Road, South Portland, ME 04106
Time:  Registration: 4:00-4:30pm / Workshop: 4:30-8:30pm
Cost:  MMA Member: $65; Non-Member: $130
Presenters: Attorneys from the MMA Legal Services Department

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 Monday, August 22nd  will be assessed a $10 administrative fee for processing. Any cancellation received after Monday, August 22nd at 4pm will be charged the full registration fee.

Please complete this form to cancel your registration:

If you have questions, please contact the Educational Services Office at (800) 452-8786 or (207) 623-8428 or


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The CDC recommends that face masks be worn indoors in counties with HIGH levels of COVID-19 community transmission. MMA will continue to follow the recommendations of the CDC, as well as any mandates or requirements by individual communities and/or facilities. Guidance is subject to change.


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