CB Member Resources

Winter 2019 Leadership Training Series

The Office of Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer is pleased to announce our Winter 2019 Leadership Training series. This series will cover topics important to Community Board members and appointees. Trainings are open to the public, however registration priority will be given to Manhattan Community Board members and other Borough President appointees. Please register online to attend.

Land Use and Zoning 101

This course will provide an overview of the history of land use and zoning in New York City, the particular role of Community Boards in the public review process (ULURP), and the function of the zoning resolution. This training is key to understanding land use/zoning terms and concepts, factors to consider when evaluating proposals and options available to minimize negative community impacts.

  • Monday, February 25, 6–8pm, @ 1 Centre Street South, 19th floor.

NYC Budget Process and the Role of the Community Board

This session will introduce you to the budget process, the District Needs Statement, Borough Budget Priorities, and the budget timeline. It will focus on how Community Boards can play a role in the city budget process and will discuss how the City and the Borough President review the proposals. Don’t miss this opportunity to maximize the likelihood of getting your Community Board priorities funded!

  • Monday, March 11, 6–8pm @ 1 Centre Street South, 19th floor.

Advanced Land Use & Zoning

Building upon the concepts covered in Land Use and Zoning 101, this course will dive deeper into understanding floor area ratio, how inclusionary housing works in the voluntary program and as proposed in the mandatory program, how landmark designation works with zoning, and the structure and variety of special permits. If you serve on the Land Use Committee this is a highly recommended session! Pre-requisite: Land Use and Zoning 101.

  • Monday, March 4, 6–8pm @ 1 Centre Street South, 19th floor.
  • Tuesday, March 12, 6–8pm @ 1 Centre Street South, 19th floor.

Landmarks and the Role of the Community Board

In this session, participants will learn about the past and potential future of the preservation and landmarks law in New York City and the role Community Boards play. The course will cover the birth of the historic preservation movement, history of the law and the responsibilities of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, what makes a landmark, and how landmarks and zoning work together (or sometimes doesn’t!), plus where the law is headed in the next 50 years.

  • Tuesday, February 19, 6–8pm @ 1 Centre Street South, 19th floor.

Parliamentary Procedures 101: Conducting a Meeting

How do Community Boards get anything done with so many different opinions to consider? Parliamentary procedure helps Community Boards make official determinations while incorporating the voices of all members. This session will teach Community Board members various practices to ensure full board and committee meetings are conducted in an orderly, fair and civil manner.

  • Thursday, February 21, 6–8pm @ 1 Centre Street South, 19th floor.

Transportation Planning for Community Boards

This session is an introduction to transportation planning and the proactive role Community Boards play in shaping their district’s streets and transit solutions.  The presentation will cover all of the relevant transportation agencies in the tri-state area, past case studies as well as publicly available online data tools and updated resources.

  • Wednesday, February 27, 6–8pm @ 1 Centre Street South, 19th floor.

Unlocking Open Data for Community Boards

Manhattan Borough President’s Office, in partnership with BetaNYC, has designed tools and customized trainings specifically intended to help CBs access, analyze, map and use data to inform decision-making.  This workshop will introduce an easy-to-use BoardStat tool to query 311-requests and explore trends in health, safety and quality of life concerns.  Additional key datasets will also be reviewed. Come ready to learn and get right into datasets and graphs. Bring laptop and power adapter.

  • Wednesday, February 13, 6–8pm, @ 1 Centre Street South, 19th floor.
  • Thursday, February 28, 6–8pm, @ 1 Centre Street South, 19th floor.

Leadership Training Sessions

Below is a playlist of of past Leadership Training sessions. To view other training sessions in the playlist below, click the icon in the top left corner of the video window and select the event that you would like to see.