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Webinar: Preparing an Effective and Legally Defensible Staff Report

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
12 PM - 1:30 PM
Credits Available: 1.5 CM – see below
Cost: $35



Registration closes Tuesday, March 20 at 1:30 pm. Read about training scholarships.

Webinar Overview

The planning/land use staff report is a critical document in the development review process. Not only is it the basis for making a decision on a proposed development, regulation, or long-range plan, but it can also serve as a tool for providing information about a proposed project to all interested parties. Yet techniques for preparing an effective staff report are rarely taught at planning schools. Instead, most beginning planners are forced to learn about them “on the job.”

Educational Objectives

This webinar dives into the key elements of a good staff report, offering tips on how to make them legally defensible and providing practical examples. These issues are discussed from the perspective of all relevant parties, including the applicant, decision-maker, local government officials and staff, and the general public.

Who Should Attend?

Planners, consultants, and elected and appointed officials


  • Mark Kulaas, FAICP, Land Services Director, Douglas County Department of Transportation and Land Services
  • Rick Sepler, AICP, Planning and Community Development Director, City of Bellingham.
  • Emily Terrell, AICP, Principal of Sound Municipal Consultants, a planning and municipal consulting firm.
  • Oskar Rey, Legal Consultant, MRSC
  • Moderated by Steve Butler, FAICP, Policy Manager and Planning Consultant, MRSC.