Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Education Institute

The Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Education Institute (PMPEI) was formed in 1991 for the purpose of bringing instruction to the local planning and zoning officials who serve Pennsylvania’s more than 2,500 municipalities and counties. Interest in planning was growing at the time and the interest continues, but there was no education requirement for serving on these boards and few opportunities for them to learn.

To meet this need the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association and Penn State University Cooperative Extension, with the PA Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Municipal Training Division joined in an educational collaboration. (DCA left the group when it became the Department of Community and Economic Development.) They have since been replaced by the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs (PSAB).

As of November 2015, PMPEI has transitioned to an affiliate organization of PSAB. This transition provides for an organized succession plan, ensuring that the high standards of PMPEI materials and training will continue for many years going forward. The PMPEI board of directors and instructors will continue to guide, direct and ensure training and educational materials are timely, accurate and available to all Pennsylvania municipalities, boards and commissions.

The goal was to develop a uniform program of planning instruction for local officials incorporating the elements of a unified body of knowledge in a well-planned curriculum presented by experienced instructors with both technical planning knowledge and appropriate teaching skills.

To serve the large number of municipal and county government units spread over a considerable area, it was decided to present courses as close as possible to where the officials were located. Instructors would work in teams, and they would be trained to teach the courses. This remains the model for PMPEI.

There is still no education requirement for serving on planning commissions and boards, but the need is still great to provide these officials with the information they need to do their jobs effectively. Currently there are 10,000-12,000 citizens who serve on over 1,800 planning commissions, another 7,500 who are on zoning hearing boards and more than 1,200 are involved in the administration of zoning ordinances. Each year 15 to 25% of them are replaced with new people, so the demand is on-going.

PMPEI teaches 25-30 courses to 550-750 people annually. It is estimated that since its first course was presented in 1992 PMPEI has instructed about 12,000 planning and zoning officials.

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Upcoming Courses

2017 Courses

All classes are 10 hours. For information regarding class registration contact Terri Dickow tdickow@boroughs.org (800) 232-7722 ext. 1042.

 

Course in Community Planning

 

Berks CountySeptember 7, 14 & 21, 2017Albright College
100 Roessner Hall
1940 N. 13th St.
Reading PA
Contact: Andrea Weist to register - aweist@albright.edu or 610-929-6503
Lehigh CountySeptember 12, 19 & 26, 2017Lehigh Valley Planning Commission 961 Marcon Blvd. Ste.310, Allentown, PA
Contact: Tracey Oscavich - toscavich@lvpc.org or call 1-610-264-4544 to register
Dauphin County September 13, 20 & 27, 2017
Middletown Fire Company #88
10 Adelia St., Middletown, PA
Contact: Terri Dickow - tdickow@boroughs.org or 1-800-232-7722 ext. 1042 to register

 

Course in Zoning

 

Montgomery CountySeptember 12, 19 & 26, 2017Towamencin Township Meeting Hall
1090 Troxel Road
Landsdale, PA 19446
Contact: Rita McKelvey rmckelve@montcopa.org or 610-278-3753
For more information visit:www.montcopa.org/1458/The-Course-in-Zoning
Lehigh County October 4, 11 & 18, 2017Lehigh Valley Planning Commission 961 Marcon Blvd. Ste. 310, Allentown, PA
Contact: Tracy Oscavich - toscavich@lvpc.org or call 1-610-264-4544 to register

 

Course in Subdivision & Land Development Review

 

Lehigh County November 1, 8 & 15, 2017 2017Lehigh Valley Planning Commission 961 Marcon Blvd. Ste. 310, Allentown, PA
Contact: Tracy Oscavich - toscavich@lvpc.org or call 610-264-4544 to register.

 

Course in Zoning Administration

 

Lancaster CountySeptember 7 & 14, 2017Lancaster Co. Public Safety Training Center 101 Champ Blvd. Manheim, PA
Contact: Gwen Newell - newell@co.lancaster.pa.us or 717-299-8333 to register
SPECIAL TIME: 10:00am-3:30pm

 

2017 Webinars

Webinars run from 12 noon to 1:00 PM. For further information and registration contact Ms. Terri Dickow at (800) 232-7722 ext. 1042 or TDickow@boroughs.org

 

The Elected Officials Role in Subdivision & Land Development Review

Recorded Link Available – Recorded – March 8, 2017

 

Duties of a Zoning Hearing Board & the Zoning Officer

Part 1: Recorded Link Available – Recorded – March 15, 2017

Part 2: Recorded Link Available – Recorded – March 16, 2017

 

The Benefits of an Effective Planning Commission

Recorded Link Available – Recorded – April 26, 2017

For further information or to register contact Terri Dickow tdickow@boroughs.org (800) 232-7722 ext. 1042.

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