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The Delaware County Planning Department hosts a planning course from the Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Education Institute.

The Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Education Institute (PMPEI) offers four courses based on the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (MPC). The Delaware County Planning Department sponsors a PMPEI course to allow local officials to gain insight on complex planning topics such as community planning, zoning, and subdivision and land development.

PMPEI has postponed all physical classes until further notice as a precaution to prevent exposure to and transmission of the coronavirus. However, In leiu of physical classes, the sessions below are being offered online at a cost of $25.00 each.

The Zoning Officer & zoning hearing board

Thursday, June 17, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday, July 28, 2021, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday, September 1, 2021, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday, November 18 2021, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

The MPC states that every municipality that enacts a zoning ordinance shall create a zoning hearing board and it must have an official who handles the day-to-day work of administering the ordinance. This online class will review the job each is responsible for, along with the basic terms used in zoning, special exceptions, variances, nonconformities, notice of violation of the ordinance, plus the basic of the zoning hearing process.

For questions on registration, contact Terri Dickow, email – tdickow@boroughs.org.

Register for this class at www.training.boroughs.org click on register for training.

Building a Strong Planning Commission

Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday, August 11, 2021, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Monday, September 13, 2021, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Monday, October 4, 2021, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

A strong and well‐organized planning commission is the key to a successful planning program. While MPC Article II provides the authority to have a planning commission it offers no guidance for how to be an effective unit serving the elected governing body and the community. Using hands-on activities and interactive discussions this course explores the full range of a planning commission’s work, how it can be organized to accomplish more of its goals, and what’s needed to prepare members to get involved in the group’s work.

For questions on registration, contact Terri Dickow, email – tdickow@boroughs.org.

Register for this class at www.training.boroughs.org; click on register for training.

The Limits to Zoning

Wednesday, June 30, 2021, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday, August 17, 2021, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Monday, September 20, 2021, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Monday, October 11 2021, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday, November 30 2021, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Zoning is a powerful tool of local government used in over 2000 Pennsylvania municipalities, but its power is not unlimited. Community expectations for zoning are high but ordinance drafters and administrators must know what the limitations are and the effect they have on a municipality’s zoning program. This course will explore these limitations such as those in the MPC itself, the Police Power, non‐conforming use property rights, and state and federal laws impacting local zoning. This is not a zoning case law update, but it is an interactive discussion of common zoning issues with an opportunity to look at them in the context of the course.

For questions on registration, contact Terri Dickow, email – tdickow@boroughs.org.

Register for this class at www.training.boroughs.org; click on register for training.

Managing the Subdivision Review Process

Wednesday, July 21, 2021, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday, August 24, 2021, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Monday, September 27, 2021, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday, October 19 2021, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday,November 16 2021, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Subdivision and Land Development ordinances are the most common land use regulation in the commonwealth. For many local planning commissions reviewing development applications takes up most of their meeting time. This course looks at the important work of a commission in managing the review process. The review process is tightly structured by the Municipalities Planning Code and many procedures can easily be misunderstood and create problems for municipal planners and officials. This course examines the complex review process and points out problem areas and how to avoid them. It describes how planning commissions, with project applicants, are engaged in a collaborative process to build the future community. Included in the course are hands-on discussions of problem situations.

For questions on registration, contact Terri Dickow, email – tdickow@boroughs.org.

Register for this class at www.training.boroughs.org; click on register for training.

For information about these courses and other PMPEI offerings, please visit the PMPEI website.

Questions about a PMPEI workshop? Contact the Planning Department at 610-891-5200 or Planning_Department@co.delaware.pa.us.

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