Delaware County Planning hosted course to help local officials learn how to carry out their responsibilities under the PA Municipalities Planning Code.
The Delaware County Planning Department sponsored the Course in Zoning on three consecutive Thursdays on September 22, 29, and October 6. The course was attended by new and veteran planning commissioners; local elected and appointed officials; and others interested in learning how to carry out their responsibilities under the PA Municipalities Planning Code.
Expert planners David Ward, AICP and Jake Lea presented information developed through a collaboration between the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association and the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs, through their training agency, Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Education Institute (PMPEI). Participants learned about zoning particularly as it is established in the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, the primary source and authority for zoning in the state. Topics included: key players in zoning and their duties, terminology used in zoning and how it is applied, critical issues in drafting a zoning ordinance and map, procedures for adopting and amending ordinances, and basics of zoning administration. Participants were invited to bring their own municipal zoning ordinances in for review and discussion. A similar educational series is planned for the spring of 2017. The next course will deal with the work of planning commissions in the subdivision and land development review process- from pre-application meetings through project completion. The Course in Subdivision & Land Development Review examines the central role planning commissions 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 will learn new skills for administering the review process, reviewing plans, and calculating impacts of development. The course will also cover techniques for incorporating internal and external reviews in plan review, and information sharing can improve local and regional planning. Please continue to check the DCPD website for more information in the spring.