Courses

All PMPEI courses are based on the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (MPC), which is the authority for planning in the Commonwealth. To function as a contributing member of a planning commission or zoning hearing board requires knowledge of how the MPC impacts the job. For that reason an up-to-date copy of the MPC is provided to each student so they can see exactly what the MPC allows them to do in their planning and zoning programs, and the procedures they must follow.

Each course—at 10 hours in length—is in-depth. What local planning and zoning officials need to know takes both time and good teachers. From the outset it was decided that courses would not be superficial and broad-brush, but instead would take the time to fully explain what municipalities and counties can and should do. The MPC is the “textbook” followed to insure instruction is uniform and consistent state-wide.

PMPEI courses are “skill-oriented,” geared to helping each individual carry out their assigned planning or land use regulatory tasks. We expect them to leave a course not just knowing the subject matter, but how to use it in their work. Courses are interactive with opportunities to get hands-on experience with the material, and learn how planning decisions are made. In the classroom we simulate real-life situations similar to those planning commissioners and zoning board members have to deal with.

To make sure everyone will have their questions answered and opportunities to fully participate in the hands-on activities, class size is strictly limited to a maximum of 30 students.

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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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