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 They have since been replaced by the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs (PSAB).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

 

Bucks CountyMarch 1, 8, & 29, 20172nd Fl. Student Center Room 207 Del Val University 700 E. Butler Ave. Doylestown, PA
Contact: Terri Dickow tdickow@boroughs.org 1-800-232-7722 ext. 1042
Montgomery County March 7, 14(cancelled) 21 & April 4, 2017
Upper Merion Twp. 175 W. Valley Forge Rd. King of Prussia, PA
Contact: Rita McKelvey rmckelvea@montcopa.org or 610-278-3753
For more information visit: www.montcopa.org/1456/The-Course-in-Community-Planning
Chester CountyMarch 7, 21 & 28, 2017
Graduate Center 1160 McDermott Dr. West Chester, PA
Contact: William Stevens info@cc2020.org or 484-680-5570 or www.cc2020.org
Potter CountyMay 24 & 25, 2017Gunzburger Bldg, 1 North Main Street
Coudersport, PA
Contact: William Hunt whunt@pottercountypa.net or (814) 274-8290 x 229 to register

 

Course in Zoning

 

Dauphin County March 2, 9 & 16, 2017
Swatara Township 599 Eisenhower Blvd., Harrisburg, PA
Contact: Andrew Bomberger abomberger@tcrpc-pa.org or 717-2342639 or www.tcrpc-pa.org/edtraining
Lycoming CountyMarch 8, 22, & 29 2017
Lycoming Co. Lysock View Complex 542 County Farm Rd. Montoursville, PA
Contact: Terri Dickow tdickow@boroughs.org or 1-800-232-7722 ext. 1042
Lancaster CountyMarch 15, 22 & 29, 2017Lancaster Co. Public Safety Training Center 101 Champ Blvd. Manheim, PA
Contact: Gwen Newell 717-299-8333 or Newell@co.lancaster.pa.us

Bucks CountyApril 12, 19 & 26, 2017
Del Val University 700 E. Butler Ave., Doylestown, 2nd Fl. Student Center Room 207
Contact: William Stevens info@2020.org or 484-680-5570 or www.cc2020.org
Chester County April 24; May 1 & 8, 2017
Graduate Center, 1160 McDermott Dr. West Chester
Contact: William Stevens info@cc2020.org or 484-680-5570 or www.cc2020.org
Berks CountyMay 18, 25; June 1, 2017100 Roessner Hall Albright College
1940 N. 13th Street, Reading, PA
Contact: Andrea Weist aweist@albright.edu or 610-929-6503
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

 

Course in Subdivision & Land Development Review

 

Berks CountyMarch 9, 16 & 23, 2017100 Roessner Hall Albright College
1940 N. 13th Street, Reading, PA
Contact: Andrea Weist aweist@albright.edu or call 610-929-6503 to register
Wyoming County March 13(cancelled),
March 20 & 27, 2017
Wyoming Co. Emergency Bldg.
Tunkhannock, PA
Contact: Wyoming County – March 13, 20 & 27 – Wyoming County, Emergency Bldg.1 Courthouse Sq., Tunkhannock
Contact: – Lynnelle Bennett-Welch - lwelch@wycopa.org or call (570) 996-2267 to register
Lycoming County April 5, 12 & 19, 2017Lycoming Co. Lysock View Complex
542 County Farm Road, Montoursville
Contact: Terri Dickow tdickow@boroughs.org 1-800-232-7722 ext. 1042
Delaware CountyApril 27; May 4 & 11, 2017Delaware County Intermediate Unit 200 Yale Avenue, Morton, PA 5:30-9:00pm
Contact: Trish Gift GiftP@co.delaware.pa.us, (610)891-5201
Montgomery CountyMay 4, 11 & 18, 2017Lansdale Borough Hall One Vine St., Ste 201, Lansdale, PA
Contact: Rita McKelvey rmckelve@montcopa.org or 610-278-3753
For more information visit: www.montcopa.org/1457/Course-in-Subdivision-and-Land-Developme
Potter CountyJune 7 & 8, 2017Gunzburger Bldg, 1 North Main Street
Coudersport, PA
Contact: William Hunt whunt@pottercountypa.net or (814) 274-8290 x 229 to register

 

Course in Zoning Administration

 

Venango CountyApril 4, 11 & 18, 2017
Cranberry Township Municipal Bldg
3726 SR 257
Seneca, PA 16346
Contact: Terri Dickow tdickow@boroughs.org 717-232-7722 ext. 1042
Monroe CountyApril 25; May 2 & 9, 2017Middle Smithfield Township
147 Municipal Drive
East Stroudsburg, PA 18302
Contact: Judy Acosta, jacosta@mstownship.com
570-223-8920 ext. 128
Chester CountyApril 25; May 4 & 9, 2017Graduate Center 1160 McDermott Drove, West Chester, PA
Contact: William Stevens info@cc2020.org or 484-680-5570 register on line at www.cc2020.org

 

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

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

 

Duties of a Zoning Hearing Board & the Zoning Officer

Part 1: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Part 2: Thursday, March 16, 2017

 

The Benefits of an Effective Planning Commission

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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

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