Upcoming Courses

Course in Community Planning

Lehigh Co.September 11, 18 & 25, 2019Lehigh Valley Planning Commission 961 Marcon Blvd. Ste 310 Allentown
Contact: Tracy Oscavich - toscavich@lvpc.org or call (610) 265--4544
Berks Co.September 12, 19 & 26, 2019Albright College 100 Roessner Hall, 1940 N. 13th St. Reading, PA
Contact: Andrea Weist aweist@albright.edu or call 610-929-6503
Allegheny Co. October 3, 10 & 16, 2019Carnegie Borough
One Veterans Way
Carnegie, PA
Contact: Joy Ruff - jruff@localgovernmentacademy.org or call 412-357-6449
York Co.October 16, 23, & 30, 2019York Co. Emergency Services Center 120 Davies Drive, York
Contact: Pam Shellenberger - pshellenberger@ycpc.org or call 717-771-9870 to register

Course in Zoning

Montgomery County September 10, 17 & 24, 2019Upper Merion Twp (Freedom Hall) 175 W. Valley Forge Rd. King of Prussia, PA
Contact: Rita McKelvey - rmckelve@montcopa.org - 610-278-3753 www.montcopa.org/planningcourses
Cumberland CountySeptember 18, 25 & October 2, 2019Cumberland Cou. Planning 310 Allen Road, Carlisle, PA Conference Room B
Contact: Steve Hoffman - 717-240-6537 or shoffman@ccpa.net
Lackawanna County October 30; Nov. 6 & 13, 2019Center for Public Safety 30 Valley View Dr. Jessup, PA Contact: Steve Pitnoniak - pitoniaks@lackawannacounty.org or call 570-963-6400
Lehigh CountyNovember 4, 18 & 25, 2019Lehigh Valley Planning 961 Marcon Blvd. Allentown
Contact: Tracy Oscavich - toscavich@lvpc.org or call (610) 264-4544

Course in Subdivision & Land Development Review

Bucks CountySeptember 4, 11 & 18Delaware Valley University, Rm. 207 700 E. Butler Ave. Doylestown
Contact: Terri Dickow - tdickow@boroughs.org or call (800) 232-7722 ext. 1042
Chester CountySeptember 11, 18 & 25Graduate Center, 1160 McDermott Dr. West Chester, PA
Contact: William Stevens, info@2020.org or 484-680-5570 or register on-line at www.cc2020.org
Dauphin County October 3, 10 & 17, 2019Swatara Township
599 Eisenhower Blvd.
Harrisburg, PA
Contact: Andrew Bomberger - abomberger@tcrpc-pa.org or call 717-234-2639
Lehigh CountyOctober 3, 10 & 17, 2019Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, 961 Marcon Blvd., Ste 310, Allentown
Contact: Tracy Oscavich - toscavich@lvpc.org or call (610) 264-4544
Delaware CountyOctober 15, 22 & 29, 2019Delaware County Community College
901 Media Line Road,
Media, PA
Contact: Kiersten Mailler - maillerk@co.delaware.pa.us or call (610) 891-5329
Lancaster CountyOctober 24, 31 & Nov 7, 2019West Lampeter Twp.
852 Village Road,
West Lampeter PA
Contact: Terri Dickow - tdickow@boroughs.org for directions call 717-464-3731

Course in Zoning Administration

Butler CountySeptember 9, 16 & 23Hilton Garden Inn
2000 Garden View Lane Cranberry
Contact: Terri Dickow, tdickow@boroughs.org or 800-232-7722 ext. 1042
Bucks CountyOctober 2, 9 & 16, 2019Delaware Valley University, Rm. 207 700 E. Butler Ave. Doylestown
Contact: Terri Dickow - tdickow@boroughs.org or call (800) 232-7722
Berks CountyOctober 24 & Nov 7 & 14, 2019Albright College 100 Roessner Hall, 1940 N. 13th St. Reading, PA
Contact: Contact: Andrea Weist – aweist@albright.edu or call 610-929-6503 to register
Montgomery CountyOctober 10, 17 & 24, 2019Towamencin Twp Meeting Hall, 1090 Troxel Rd. Lansdale, PA
Contact: Rita McKelvey - rmckelve@montcopa.org - 610-278-3753 or www.montcopa.org/planningcourses

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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