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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.

Mark has been selected by Super Lawyers® in the areas of Land Use / Zoning and State, Local & Municipal law since 2008.