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 They have since been replaced by the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs (PSAB).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 (800) 232-7722 ext. 1042.


Course in Community Planning


Lehigh CountySeptember 12, 19 & 26, 2017Lehigh Valley Planning Commission 961 Marcon Blvd. Ste.310, Allentown, PA
Contact: Tracey Oscavich - 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 - or 1-800-232-7722 ext. 1042 to register
Bucks CountySeptember 13, 20 & 27, 2017Delaware Valley University, Rm. 207 700 E. Butler Ave., Doylestown PA
Contact: Terri DIckow - to register or call 1-800-232-7722 ext. 1042
Berks CountySeptember 7, 14 & 21, 2017Albright College
100 Roessner Hall
1940 N. 13th St.
Reading PA
Contact: Andrea Weist to register - or 610-929-6503


Course in Zoning


Montgomery CountySeptember 12, 19 & 26, 2017Towamencin Township Meeting Hall
1090 Troxel Road
Landsdale, PA 19446
Contact: Rita McKelvey or 610-278-3753
For more information
Lehigh County October 4, 11 & 18, 2017Lehigh Valley Planning Commission 961 Marcon Blvd. Ste. 310, Allentown, PA
Contact: Tracy Oscavich - or call 1-610-264-4544 to register
Bucks CountyOctober 3, 10 & 17, 2017Delaware Valley University Rm 207 700 E. Butler Ave., Doylestown, PA
Contact: Terri D @ or call :1-800-232-7722 ext. 1042
Crawford CountyOctober 2, 9 & 23, 2017Vernon Township Municipal Bldg. 16678 McMath Ave. Meadville, PA
Contact: Terri D @ or call 1-800-232-7722 ext. 1042


Course in Subdivision & Land Development Review


Dauphin CountyOctober 12, 19 & 26, 2017Swatara Twp. 599 Eisenhower Blvd., Harrisburg, PA
Contact: Andrew Bomberger – 717-234-2639 register on-line at
Chester County October 17, 24 & 31, 2017 2017Graduate Center, 1160 McDermott Dr., West Chester
Contact: William Stevens - or 484-680-5570 register on-line at
Lehigh County November 1, 8 & 15, 2017Lehigh Valley Planning Commission 961 Marcon Blvd. Ste. 310, Allentown, PA
Contact: Tracy Oscavich - 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 - or 717-299-8333 to register
SPECIAL TIME: 10:00am-3:30pm


2017 Webinars

Webinar sessions on Elected Officials Role in Subdivision & Land Development Review, Duties of a Zoning Hearing Board & the Zoning Officer and The Benefits of an Effective Planning Commission are offered periodically. Check PSAB’s current webinar schedule at for more information and to register, or contact Ms. Terri Dickow at (800) 232-7722 ext. 1042 or


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


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