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Annual APA PA Conference

October 15 – October 17

Register Today!

Electrifying the Future With Our Past

Join Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association for their Annual Conference in Scranton.

  • 400 planners expected
  • Over 40 classroom sessions
  • 6 mobile workshops offered
  • Up to 12 CM credits, including Sustainability/Resilience, Equity, Law and Ethics
  • Welcome Reception at Scranton Cultural Center
  • Annual Awards presentation – our best and brightest
  • State of the APA PA Chapter
  • Monday reception with the Exhibitors
  • Tuesday afternoon Desserts with our Exhibitors
  • and more!

The largest annual gathering of planners in PA!

PMPEI Train the Trainer

The PA Municipal Planning Education Institute will be conducting a Train-the-Trainer class to prepare instructors to teach the PMPEI Course in Subdivision and Land Development Review. The training consists of two weekend sessions, Friday and Saturday, October 6 and 7, and Saturday, October 21.  and will be held in State College. The training program will also include instruction for teaching the PMPEI online course, Managing the Subdivision Review Process.

The Course in Subdivision and Land Development Review Course is an in-depth, 10-hour, newly revised course intended to help students master the complex and time-sensitive review process, as well as teaching them how these regulations are an integral part of a community’s planning process. In sharing your knowledge and experience you will be helping local officials become better planners.

2023 is PMPEI’s 31st year as the PA Chapter/American Planning Association’s principal educational outreach to planning commissioners and local officials. Courses are set up at convenient sites- usually in municipal facilities- so they are close to where students are located. As an instructor you will be joining about 50 other professionals who teach in the PMPEI program that reaches about 1,400 officials a year. PMPEI Instructors are paid for teaching courses, and also receive travel and meal reimbursement. Teaching assignments are set up to keep travel time reasonable for instructors.

If you have at least five years’ experience in planning in Pennsylvania and would like to be a PMPEI Instructor, contact Stanford Lembeck, AICP, at slembeck34@gmail.com.  The registration fee for the three-day training is $150, and class size is limited. A registration form, with additional information about the PMPEI Planning and Zoning Course Program, will be sent to you.

Voting now open!

The 2023 election cycle is underway!

If you are a Pennsylvania Chapter voting member, please be on the look out for an email from APA‘s third party vendor. If you are a part of the Southeast Section and a voting member, you will receive an additional email. Please see message below from APA:
APA has partnered with Survey & Ballot Systems (SBS) to administer the 2023 APA Consolidated Election. To ensure your election specific broadcast email arrives safely in your inbox on August 10, 2023, simply add the following email address as an approved sender: noreply@directvote.net.  
If you haven’t received your email please check your spam/junk folder. After searching your mailbox and you still haven’t found your email, please let us know and we can put in a ticket requesting your email.
August 10 Ballots available online, reminders emailed to all chapter/division members.
Late-August Email reminders sent to those members who have not yet voted.
Early-September Email reminders sent to those members who have not yet voted.
September 8 Firm deadline for receipt of ballots from membership.
September 14 Survey Ballot Systems certifies election results and prepares report to National for dissemination.
January 1, 2024 Newly elected leaders take office.


Application Due Sep. 8: Chester County’s Vision Partnership Program

Chester County’s Vision Partnership Program

The Vision Partnership Program (VPP) provides funding to Chester County municipalities and multi-municipal groups who are seeking to improve their planning programs through various types of projects. Projects include revised municipal plans, ordinances, and planning studies that address opportunities and issues of community concern – and all projects must achieve consistency with the county’s comprehensive plan, Landscapes3.

Chester County is currently accepting applications for Vision Partnership Program, with approximately $215,000 available. Applications are due by September 8.

Recently projects completed with funding assistance by the Vision Partnership Program include the Avondale Borough Comprehensive Plan, Pennsbury Township Subdivision and Land Development Update, and the Plum Run Corridor Master Plan (East Bradford Township). A list of cash grant awards can be found here: https://www.chescoplanning.org/municorner/vpp-awards.cfm


To learn more about the Vision Partnership Program, visit https://www.chescoplanning.org/MuniCorner/Vpp-Cash.cfm.

Sept. 6 – Webinar Wednesday: Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas in the Susquehanna River Basin

September 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas in the Susquehanna River Basin

Groundwater recharge is the primary means of ensuring water is available in aquifers for water supply and as base flow to streams.  Different geologic materials, structures, and land uses all influence the rate in which water can recharge underlying aquifers. This study incorporated factors influencing recharge through standardization and weighting-assignments using the MCDA-GIS framework to identify land-surface areas that provide a large fraction of recharge. Results from the tool will aid in planning, developing and/or prioritizing preservation, restoration, or enhancement projects.  Protecting and enhancing Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas, will assist with drought resiliency, improving water quality, and preserving water supply for future use.

CM credit is pending approval. You must attend the webinar live in order to earn CM credit.

Speaker: Pierre MaCoy

**The Pennsylvania Chapter is not responsible for the materials or opinions of the speaker(s) you will hear**

Deadline to register is September 5

If you’re interested in sponsoring a Webinar Wednesday session or have a session for Webinar Wednesday please contact us. Send your request to info@planningpa.org.

Please note: You will receive a reminder email a few days before the webinar with zoom information (please check your spam/junk folders). This email will be sent to the email address you used to register for the event.


Aug. 8: Advancing Climate Resiliency in Pennsylvania

Date- Aug 8, 2023

Time- 11am-12pm ET

Title- Advancing Climate Resiliency in Pennsylvania

Zoom link- https://tpl.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7716IrenQcqwSQk-nw-owQ

Description- Investing in ‘blue and green zones’–trails built along waterways such as streams, rivers, creeks, and lakes– has immense potential to bring multiple climate benefits to communities in Pennsylvania. Restoring buffers along waterways not only addresses state and federal water quality improvement goals and stormwater management requirements, but also protects habitats, increases biodiversity, and makes these natural areas more accessible to local communities. This webinar will highlight success stories of modern “blue and green” greenway projects in central Pennsylvania, and speakers will share a holistic approach to increasing climate resiliency in these areas, and how they leveraged funding to integrate trails and waterway development.

Aug. 17 – August Happy Hour!

Join your APAPASE colleagues for a second chance at a summer 2023 happy hour! We’ll be meeting up at PHS’s Parks on Tap event at Clark Park (43rd and Baltimore) in West Philly on Thursday, August 17 from 5:30 to 7:30. (Street parking is available, or take the 11,13, 34, or 36 trolleys.) Come for drinks, networking, and enjoyment of the setting summer season.
RSVPs are not required, but it is recommended that you fill out this form for day-of information: https://forms.gle/eP4FtbmtJnrPPs4P9
We hope to see you there!

Thanks for a successful summer happy hour!

Thanks to everyone who came out for the June happy hour at Sunset Social at Cira Green! We had a great time ringing in summer, even with coats on.
Save the date for Wednesday, August 16 for a late-summer happy hour event; more details to come next month!

July 12 – Young Professionals in Energy Networking Event

July 12th, from 5:30-7:30 PM, at Billy Penn Studios.

Young Professionals in Energy (YPE) is planning an Electric Vehicle speaker panel and networking event on Wednesday, July 12th, from 5:30-7:30 PM, at Billy Penn Studios. The event is free and light refreshments will be provided. Below is the EventBrite link, which includes more information regarding the event, and the option to register.


June 22 – Happy Hour at Sunset Social

APAPA-SE will be holding its first summer event of 2023 at Sunset Social on the Cira Green Rooftop. Join us for food, drinks, and socializing with fellow planners on Thursday, June 22 from 5:30 to 7:30. Sunset Social is at 129 South 30th Street in Philadelphia, just two blocks south of 30th Street Station overlooking the Schuylkill River. Food and drinks are pay as you go.
RSVPs are recommended but not required for event coordination – RSVP here: https://forms.gle/y6VhnT4qUEEPkJg87
We hope to see you on the 22nd!