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Governance 101 & Land Use Training

January 26 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm


On January 26th, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., MWVCOG will host a Governance 101 and Land Use Training geared toward city councilors, planning commissioners, staff, and other individuals interested in learning the basic procedures and roles associated with serving as an elected or appointed official. This is an essential class for new public officials in navigating the municipal and development codes of their community.

Land Use Training topics include:

  • History of the Oregon Statewide Planning and Statewide Planning Goals
  • Types of land use applications
  • Conducting a public hearing and how to make it through a challenging hearing
  • Roles and Responsibilities of Planning Commissioners
  • How to determine and declare ex-parte contacts, bias, and conflict of interest

Governance 101 topics include:

  • Discover the challenges in local government today and explore solutions
  • Gain an understanding of local government structures and discover what you can and cannot do in your role as a public official.
  • Keep out of legal trouble by learning the basics of ethics, public meetings and public meetings laws.
  • Develop leadership skills and learn what is needed to be an effective public official including tools to develop relationships with staff and other members of your governing body, and how to best understand and confronting issues.

Registration is $20 per person, which includes lunch.

Pre-registration is required no later than January 20th. Pre-registration has been extended until Noon on January 23rd.

Sean O’Day, MWVCOG Executive Director
Sean is currently the Executive Director for the MWVCOG.  He has served in and with local governments for over 20 years in both legal and management positions.  Among his previous positions he was the General Counsel for the League of Oregon Cities, Deputy City Manager for Salem Oregon, Deputy City Attorney for Salem Oregon, Deputy Legal Counsel to Governor John A. Kitzhaber, and Judicial Law Clerk to the Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, Honorable Wallace P. Carson, Jr.   Sean is also an officer in the Army Reserve where he is a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corprs.   Sean has taught hundreds of local government officials on their roles and legal responsibilities and drawing from his experiences brings both real world examples and much humor to his presentations.

Bill Monahan, MWVCOG General Counsel
With several decades of municipal government experience, Bill currently serves as the MWVCOG General Counsel.  Bill was most recently the City Manager for Milwaukie Oregon.  Prior to managing Milwaukie, he specialized in local government law as well as land use law and served in various local government positions.  He represented local governments and private development clients before the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals and Court of Appeals. He has participated in local government public hearings in a variety of capacities including land use planner, city attorney, applicant’s attorney, and city manager.   His background also includes serving as the city manager for Tigard, Oregon, from 1994 to 2005, and its community development director, from 1982 to 1989.

Jim Jacks, AICP, MWVCOG Senior Planner
Jim Jacks has served Oregon governments and the land use system for overforty years. Prior to serving as the Senior Planner for MWVCOG for the past 10 years, Jim served as the Tualatin Planning Director for 20 years. While at the City of Tualatin, he was the Project Manager for the Tualatin Town Center Plan, adopted in 2005, which includes mixed use living, working and playing environments, oriented around and integrating the Tualatin River and other features such as Lake of the Commons. Jim has also served on the Keizer Planning Commission for three terms, served as Vice-President and President of the Oregon City Planning Directors Association and as Secretary of the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association (OAPA), and recently received the OAPA Lifetime Achievement Award.  Jim has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) since 1986.


Governance 101/Land Use Training $20.00 A confirmation email will be sent as your ticket.
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January 26
8:30 am - 4:30 pm


Denise VanDyke


Gervais City Hall
592 4th Street
Gervais, OR 97026 United States
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