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 has also scheduled a “Train-the-Trainer” class  for new instructors to teach the PMPEI Course in Zoning. 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, May 19 and 20 and Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the Centre Region Council of Governments Building in State College, PA. The registration fee is $150 and covers instruction, materials, all breaks, lunches, and a meal on Friday night. 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 the deadline for applying for The Course in Zoning training is May 5, 2017.

For an application 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: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Part 2: Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Benefits of an Effective Planning Commission

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Elected Officials Role in Subdivision & Land Development Review

Tuesday, June 6, 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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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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