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Courses to be Offered through PSAB and Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Education Institute (PMPEI)

Date: 10/1/2014

PSAB and
Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Education Institute (PMPEI)



The Course in Zoning

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.


Lancaster County -
East Lampeter Township - October 29; November 5 & 12

Westmoreland County
- Ligonier Township - November 5, 12 & 19


The Course in Community

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.


Chester County -
West Chester - October 1, 8 & 15

Dauphin County -
Hershey - October 2, 9 & 16

Luzerne County -
Nanticoke - October 16, 23, 30


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.


Bucks County -
Doylestown - October 22, 29; Nov 5

Montgomery County -
Fort Washington - October 23, 30; Nov. 6



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 information sharing can improve local and regional planning.


Union County -
Lewisburg - September 30; October 7 & 14

Lehigh County -
Allentown - October 15, 22, 29

County - Reading - November 6, 13 & 20


For more information and to register on-line, visit the website


Or call Terri at 1-800-232-7722 ext. 1042

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