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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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

 

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
Bucks CountySeptember 13, 20 & 27, 2017Delaware Valley University, Rm. 207 700 E. Butler Ave., Doylestown PA
Contact: Terri DIckow - tdickow@boroughs.org 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 - aweist@albright.edu 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 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
Bucks CountyOctober 3, 10 & 17, 2017Delaware Valley University Rm 207 700 E. Butler Ave., Doylestown, PA
Contact: Terri D @ tdickow@boroughs.org 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 @ tdickow@boroughs.org 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 – abomberger@tcrpc-pa.org 717-234-2639 register on-line at www.tcrpc-pa.org/edtraining/
Chester County October 17, 24 & 31, 2017 2017Graduate Center, 1160 McDermott Dr., West Chester
Contact: William Stevens - info@2020.org or 484-680-5570 register on-line at www.cc2020.org
Lehigh County November 1, 8 & 15, 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

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 www.training.boroughs.org for more information and to register, or contact Ms. Terri Dickow at (800) 232-7722 ext. 1042 or TDickow@boroughs.org

 

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

 

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