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Fiscal demands of different land uses on local governments explored

Date: 10/10/2013


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State Extension will offer a Web-based seminar aimed at helping municipal officials assess the impacts of land use on local governments.


Scheduled for noon on Wednesday, Oct. 16, the 75-minute session, ""Fiscal Impacts of Different Land Uses" will feature extension educators Neal Fogle and Peter Wulfhorst , who are economic  and community development specialists.


Land uses influence the size of local government, the types of services it offers, the types of equipment it must purchase, and the taxes and tax rates it must levy, explained Wulfhorst.


"Land use also affects local school districts with regard to number of teachers and school buildings they must provide for students," he said. "These impacts are significant not only because they affect taxpayers and local residents but because they affect the ability of local government to respond to the needs of its citizens."


Recognizing the fiscal impacts of different land uses will help local leaders in their community and land use planning efforts.


The webinar is the fourth of five in a summer/fall series focusing on land use planning and decision-making. For a fee of $30, registrants can access all five of the sessions as live events or as recordings.


CM credits are available to certified planners at one fee of $60 for all five 1.25-credit, 75-minute sessions. 


The sessions in the series include:


--July 17: "Solar Model Ordinance: Not to be Confused with the Sunshine Act," 1.25 CM credits available, (now offered as a recording).


--Aug. 21: "Enhancing Vehicular, Bicycle and Pedestrian Connectivity," (now offered as a recording), 1.25 CM Credits available.


--Sept. 18: "The ABCs of Form-Based Codes" (now offered as a recording), 1.25 CM credits available.


--Oct. 16: "Fiscal Impacts of Different Land Uses" (noon-1:15 p.m.), 1.25 CM credits available.


--Nov. 20: "Facing the Challenges of Plan Implementation" (noon-1:15 p.m.), 1.25 CM credits available.

This series promotes understanding of current planning issues, creation of local regulations, planning that benefits the community and local resources available to decision-makers. The sessions provide information valuable to landowners and land managers as they contemplate and plan for the future uses of their properties.

A previous winter/spring 2013 series of land use webinars is now also available as recordings. Five, one-hour long webinars are offered as a package for one fee. Sessions include:


--"Planning in PA: Land Use, Communities and Beyond"

­--"How Preemption of Zoning and Other Local Controls Impacts Planning"

--"Renewable Energy Implementation and Land Use Regulations -- Is There Conflict?"

--"Developing More Effective Citizen Engagement: A How-to Guide for Community Leaders"

--"Low-Impact Development and Smart Growth: How Are They Best Integrated and Utilized in Our Communities?"


To view recordings of the winter/spring series, or to register for other special-edition, land use decision-making, current issue webinars offered by Penn State Extension, go to http://extension.psu.edu/community/ecd/courses/land-use-planning. Also see http://extension.psu.edu/community/ecd.  Click on the "recorded webinars" link .


For more information, contact Jeff Himes at jhimes@psu.edu  or call 570-724-9120 or visit the website at http://agsci.psu.edu/land-use-webinar to register for the webinars.




Jeff Mulhollem






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