Advanced Training Class

Advanced Training

Advanced Training Instructors

Instructors in the Land Use Academy are recognized and credentialed professionals in their respective fields. The current roster of instructors includes:

Bruce Hyde

Land Use Academy
University of Connecticut, Land Use Academy Director, Land Use Educator


Bruce Hyde

Land Use Academy Director, Land Use Educator

UConn Department of Extension
Middlesex Cooperative Extension Center
1066 Saybrook Rd. BOX 70
Haddam, CT 06438
Phone: 860-345-5229

Bruce Hyde is a Land Use Educator for the University of Connecticut’s Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR). He is primarily responsible for coordinating the Land Use Academy, which provides basic training for local land use commissioners. In addition, he provides technical assistance to communities in a variety of areas including reviewing land use regulations, affordable housing education and community outreach.

Bruce is an AICP certified planner who has worked in the planning field for over 30 years. He has served in a wide variety of positions including city planner, regional planner, private sector consultant and local planning commissioner. He has a B.S. in Economics from Lehigh University and a M.S. in Natural Resource Planning from the University of Vermont.


Richard P. Roberts

Partner, Halloran & Sage, LLP
Member, Planning and Zoning Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association

Richard Roberts represents municipalities in the full range of their legal needs. He provides legal counsel to them in real estate acquisitions and sales, land use, charter revisions, drafting and review of ordinances, and property tax issues. He also provides legal counsel to individuals, partnerships, limited-liability companies and corporations in real estate acquisitions and sales, financing transactions, general business affairs and contracts and agreements. He represents lending institutions and borrowers in secured, unsecured, asset-based and non-traditional financing transactions as well as in various state and federal regulatory matters, including securities, banking and land use and zoning matters.

Mr. Roberts regularly presents seminars to attorneys, bankers, accountants and other professionals on topics that include commercial lending, limited liability companies and other forms of business entities, real estate and land title law. He is a member of the Connecticut Association of Municipal Attorneys. He has served as Republican Town Chairman in Wethersfield since 1995 and has been a member of the Wethersfield Planning and Zoning Commission since 1991.

Kenneth R. Slater, Jr

Partner, Halloran & Sage, LLP
Member, Planning and Zoning Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association

Kenneth Slater practices primarily in the areas of land use and environmental law. Mr. Slater has extensive experience in land use matters, and he is frequently consulted to prosecute and defend administrative appeals to the Superior Court regarding the issuance or denial of zoning, planning and wetland permit approvals and enforcement matters. He also regularly serves as counsel to municipalities in land use matters. He is also experienced in complex land use matters involving constitutional and environmental claims and statutory remedies.

He also has significant experience in environmental law matters. He routinely represents current and former owners of real property regarding legal issues relating to transfer or remediation of contaminated properties and in the prosecution and defense of environmental cost recovery actions. He advises businesses, property owners, municipalities and individuals regarding environmental regulation, permitting and enforcement. He appears regularly before federal and state environmental regulatory and siting agencies and federal and state courts regarding environmental matters. He served as lead counsel in several appeals to the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts involving important issues in land use law. He also lectures on a variety of environmental and land use law topics.

Mark Branse

Partner, Halloran & Sage, LLP 

Mark Branse is a former Planning Director holding a Masters Degree in government from the Fels Institute of Local and State Government, Wharton Graduate School, University of Pennsylvania. He is also a former member of the Glastonbury Town Plan and Zoning Commission and a former member of the Glastonbury Redevelopment Agency.

Mark provides, or has provided, representation and/or legal consultation to land use agencies in more than two dozen municipalities and has represented applicants and neighborhood associations in more than 70 towns. He is currently Town Attorney of Franklin and Scotland, Assistant Town Attorney of Vernon, as well as Special Land Use or Planning Counsel for Andover, Barkhamsted, Bridgewater, Canterbury, Eastford, East Haddam, Griswold, Haddam, Killingworth, Marlborough, Middlefield, Montville, New Hartford, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Plainfield, Sherman, Warren, Westbrook, and Willington.

Mark is a past Chairman and Secretary of the Planning & Zoning Section of the Connecticut Bar Association and is a current member of the Executive Committee. He has conducted seminars under the auspices of the Connecticut Bar Association, the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association, the Connecticut Association of Conservation and Inland Wetlands Commissions, the Connecticut Association of Wetland Scientists, the Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust, the Eightmile River Wild & Scenic Coordinating Committee, the Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments, the Windham Council of Governments, the Council of Governments of Central Naugatuck Valley, the Connecticut Association of Zoning Enforcement Officers, and the Land Use Education Partnership, among others. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Land Use Academy.