The Certified BZA Program is designed to provide each registrant with a comprehensive overview of zoning in Virginia and the critical role the BZA plays in deciding issues involving zoning and zoning decisions. The course covers the legal foundations of zoning as well as the duties, powers and responsibilities of the BZA. The program also reviews the role of procedural and substantive due process in BZA deliberations as well as principles of meeting management and decision making. The course is especially valuable for newly appointed BZA members as well as zoning practitioners. Veteran members of local BZA's have also found the course to be of great value. This event is composed of two training sessions (opening and closing sessions) and a self-study component lasting 10 weeks. The self-study component includes required readings and homework assignments. Attending and critiquing a BZA meeting is also required.
The opening sessions of this course will take place on October 3-4, 2019 at Virginia Commonwealth University's Raleigh Building (1001 W. Franklin Street, Richmond 23284). The closing session will be held on December 9, 2019 at the same location. The cost is $500 per person.