Other Courses and Webinars

PMPEI is expanding its core planning and zoning curriculum to include other new or supplemental courses and webinars. One supplemental course has been completed and others are currently in development.

The completed course is Drafting the Zoning Ordinance: Rules and Tools. This course deals with key elements and issues in crafting a zoning ordinance. It focuses on the local decisions that have to be made in putting an ordinance together. This is a one-session class.

These courses are in development:

  • Planning and the Official Map. Contrary to its misleading name, the Official Map is a land use regulatory tool that has been part of planning for decades. It is a powerful and underutilized regulatory tool that provides flexibility for municipalities as they implement their plans. Special natural environment features, historic sites, and public health and safety needs are common uses of the Official Map. (This is a two-session course.)
  • Variances and Unnecessary Hardship: The Standards After “Hertzberg.” Zoning, and particularly variances, is a continuing matter of interest and contention. In 1998, with the Hertzberg decision in Pittsburgh, municipalities have been forced to look at the criteria for unnecessary hardship required to grant variances in a different way. How we got to this point, and what the new standards for determining unnecessary hardship are, is the focus of this course. (Still to be determined is if this will be a one or two-session course.)

PMPEI Train-the-Trainer Class

PMPEI also schedules “Train-the-Trainer” classes  for new instructors to teach the PMPEI Courses. Train-the-Trainer is PMPEI’s way of preparing instructors to teach PMPEI courses by equipping them with an in-depth knowledge of the course content to ensure it will be taught consistently throughout the Commonwealth. Principles of adult education, program procedures, and presentation delivery are also part of the training.

The dates for the three-day intensive training program are Friday and Saturday’s held in State College, PA. The registration fee is $150 and covers instruction, materials, all breaks and lunches. Trainees are responsible for their transportation and lodging.

PMPEI instructors receive compensation for teaching, travel, plus meal expenses. Assignments are made so that instructors will be teaching close to where they live.

Citizen and professional planners and allied professionals with a minimum of five years’ experience in planning and zoning in Pennsylvania are eligible to become PMPEI Certified Instructors. If you are committed to planning education and would like to become a Certified Instructor or for more information about PMPEI and the training, contact Stanford Lembeck, AICP, (814) 237-2382, or email slembeck34@gmail.com.

Certification Maintenance (CM) credit may be available for AICP members attending the training.


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

Duties of a Zoning Hearing Board & the Zoning Officer

Part 1: Recorded Webinar Link available – Recorded March 15, 2017

Part 2: Recorded Webinar Link available – Recorded March 16, 2017

The Benefits of an Effective Planning Commission

Recorded Webinar Link available – Recorded – April 26, 2017

The Elected Officials Role in Subdivision & Land Development Review

Recorded Webinar Link available – Recorded – June 6, 2017

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

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