Core Courses

There are four core courses in the PMPEI Planning and Zoning Course Program. Each is an in-depth 10 hour course taught by two PMPEI Certified Instructors. Participants receive the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, a Course Handbook with related information and thumbnail visual aids, and other materials they use for hands-on experience with the course content. All courses are continuously updated to include the latest amendments to the PA Municipalities Planning Code, current state and national trends, and recent court decisions affecting planning and zoning.

The Course in Community Planning

This course teaches planning commissioners, local officials, and others how to carry out their responsibilities under the PA Municipalities Planning Code. Participants learn where planning fits in the framework of local government, how planning commissioners relate to the governing body, zoning hearing board, and zoning officer. Topics include basic knowledge of the Municipalities Planning Code, comprehensive planning, plan implementation including zoning, subdivision and land development regulations, the Official Map, and how effective planning commissions work together. Multi-municipal planning and implementing planning agreements is emphasized. The course is designed for new and experienced planners and officials. A planning exercise based on Marcellus Shale natural gas exploration is included in the course.

The Course in Zoning

This course addresses the fascinating, complex, provocative and contentious topic of zoning. It examines how zoning evolved in the United States and how this past history continues to shape the way zoning is practiced in 21st century Pennsylvania. The course begins with a review of the MPC authority for zoning and presents “nuts and bolts” fundamentals for drafting zoning ordinances and amendments. Included in the course are advanced techniques like overlay and performance zoning, planned residential development, and traditional neighborhood development. The relationship of zoning to comprehensive planning and the need for them to be consistent is emphasized. Also in the course are mapping exercises and analyses of zoning ordinance provisions. Problem situations and ethical dilemmas in zoning are discussed. The role of the planning commission with other individuals and local agencies in zoning administration, as well as procedures for enacting zoning ordinances and guidelines for rezoning, are discussed in detail.

The Course in Subdivision & Land Development Review

This course deals with the work of planning commissions in the subdivision and land development review process—from pre-application meetings through project completion. Extensively revised in 2005, the course emphasizes the MPC as the source of authority to regulate development. Planning commissions have a central role play in the land development process which is an integral part of a community’s comprehensive planning program. New in the course are flexible design concepts and options for better project design. Participants learn new skills for administering the review process, reviewing plans, and calculating impacts of development. The course also covers techniques for incorporating internal and external reviews in plan review, and how information sharing can improve local and regional planning.

 

The Course in Zoning Administration

In this course zoning hearing board members, zoning officials, and elected officials—regardless of experience—learn the basic principles, procedures, and information needed to effectively carry out their functions in the administration of municipal zoning. The course covers the technical aspects of zoning and how to build effective relationships with the public. Hands-on experiences and practice exercises are built into each session. Participants learn how to conduct effective and fair zoning hearings in a mock zoning hearing session. Course topics include the principles of zoning, key zoning terms, the zoning administration team, zoning officer duties, enforcement notices, and zoning hearing procedures, variances, special exceptions/conditional uses, and nonconformities.

 

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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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