Archive for Upcoming Events

Sept. 10, 17, 24: The Course in Zoning

DATE: September 10, 17, 24, 2019
TIME: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Upper Merion Township Building
175 West Valley Forge Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406
COST: $110 Registration Fee*

This comprehensive course will be taught in three consecutive Tuesday sessions—September 10, 17, 24—in the Upper Merion Township Building Freedom Hall, 175 West Valley Forge Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The course deals with probably the most complex and provocative topic in local planning and emphasizes the fundamentals for developing a sound zoning ordinance using the authority granted in the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (MPC). Course topics include the relationship of zoning to comprehensive plans, key terms used in zoning and how they are applied, critical issues in drafting a zoning ordinance and map, procedures for adopting and amending ordinances, and basic zoning administration.

The course also explores techniques such as overlay districts, performance zoning, traditional neighborhood development, and planned residential development as well as the options available through regional planning. Participants will have an opportunity to take part in mapping exercises, reviews of ordinance provisions, and discussions of problem situations.

The course was developed by the Pennsylvania Planning Association and Penn State Extension Service through its training agency, the Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Education Institute (PMPEI), and is taught by certified PMPEI instructors. It is limited to 25 participants, and pre-registration is required. The registration fee is $110* per person.

*Municipalities with a current planning assistance contact with MCPC are eligible for a discounted rate of $90.

Available Credits
PMPEI is an approved provider of continuing education credits for the following: registered landscape architects, attorneys (PA Continuing Legal Education Board), engineers, land surveyors, professional geologists, and uniform construction code officials. Additional fees apply for credits.

Course Brochure
Online Registration

Aug. 22: Young Professionals in Transportation Happy Hour Event

Young Professionals in Transportation is hosting an event on Thursday, August 22:  They are having a panel discussion on e-scooters, followed by a happy hour/networking session:
“We will be hosting a panel conversation about the potential benefits and challenges of introducing of introducing e-scooters in Philadelphia, featuring speakers from Lime, Verve, and the City of Philadelphia and hosted by PlanPhilly’s transportation reporter, Darryl C. Murphy. Space is limited – reserve your spot today!” 

Oct 1: Chester County Planners’ Forum

Professional planners from Chester County are invited to attend the fall 2019 Chester County Planners’ Forum from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. Oct. 1 at Historic Yellow Springs, 1685 Art School Road, Chester Springs. Chester County Planning Commission

The forum provides a great opportunity to hear about current planning issues, share ideas with your fellow planners, and catch up with old friends. There will be presentations about the impact of multi-family housing, Chester County’s Return on Environment report, and preservation of historic landscapes.

Register online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-fall-planners-forum-tickets-68267978361. Email any questions you may have to ccplanning@chesco.org.

3 Part Free Redevelopment Webinars

RE-Development Academy Real Estate Webinars
Friday, September 13 | October 18 | November 8
1 PM – 3 PM ET
Cost: FREE

Plan to join the RE-Development Academy for Communities, a three-part FREE webinar series hosted by the Office of Brownfield & Land Revitalization where you will learn the process for redeveloping a contaminated site through the eyes of a property developer.


Community members (including local governments, economic development, and environmental protection departments, community nonprofits, brownfield redevelopment agencies & other local stakeholders), technical assistance providers, state and tribal partners, etc.


Increase your understanding of the real estate redevelopment process through the eyes of a developer! Learn about:

  • Factors that motivate or discourage the development of contaminated properties.
  • How & when developers make decisions.
  • Special issues to consider (compatibility of site cleanup & reuse, contaminant type & location, institutional or engineering controls, etc.)
  • Pre & post redevelopment activities, determining cost & return on investment


Aug. 8 – DVRPC Public Participation Task Force open meeting

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Dinner: 5:30 p.m. | Meeting begins at 6:00 p.m.

Location: 190 N Independence Hall West, Philadelphia, PA

Directions: https://www.dvrpc.org/directions/

RSVP: https://dvrpc.ticketleap.com/pptfworkprogram/


DVRPC’s Annual Work Program: A workshop to discuss the region’s planning needs and potential DVRPC studies


The Long-Range Plan (LRP) presents a vision for the region’s transportation investments over the next 25 years. The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a list of capital transportation projects that are to be implemented over the next four years. But what about the years in between?

Enter the Work Program: DVRPC’s Work Program for Fiscal Year 2021 is under development. The Annual Work Program determines planning projects and mandated activities that DVRPC staff will undertake to meet the region’s changing transportation and planning needs, implement the Long-Range Plan’s vision, and identify capital projects for inclusion on future TIPs. Come ready to learn, engage, and discuss your ideas about what planning projects and studies we should consider today in order to build the region we want and need in the future.

Join us at the next PPTF meeting on August 8th to participate in this exciting workshop. An agenda can be viewed on the PPTF webpage: https://www.dvrpc.org/Committees/PPTF/



By Wednesday, August 7th via Ticketleap: https://dvrpc.ticketleap.com/pptfworkprogram/ .

Seating is limited.

July 11 – APA PA SE – Section Council Meeting

Southeast Section Council:  5:30-6:30

Events Committee Meeting to immediately follow: 6:30-7

Thursday, July 11, 2019
5:30pm – 6:30pm
STV, Inc (1818 Market St, Suite 1410)

We will be holding a combined APAPASE Chapter Southeast Section meeting and Events committee meeting on Thursday, July 11: you are welcome to attend both.

April Minutes

July Agenda

July 23 – Webinar – Application of Environmental Justice to State Environmental Impact Assessment

July 23, 2019 (2:00-3:30 PM ET)


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has launched a training webinar series to build the capacity of environmental justice practitioners working at the state level. The fourth webinar on “Application of Environmental Justice to State Environmental Impact Assessment” is now open for registration.

Application of Environmental Justice to State Environmental Impact Assessment

  • When: July 23, 2019 (2:00 – 3:30 PM EDT)
  • Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/application-of-environmental-justice-to-state-environmental-impact-assessment-tickets-63346825059
  • About: This webinar will provide a basic primer on environmental justice (EJ) methodologies which can be used by state practitioners during National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review and other environmental impact assessments.  It will also build on this foundation with presentations regarding the State of Alaska’s efforts to address health issues in environmental impact assessment and the State of Kentucky’s efforts to address transportation-related community impacts.


  • Elizabeth Poole, Environmental Scientist, Multi-Media Programs Office, Region 5, US Environmental Protection Agency
  • Sarah Yoder, Deputy Environmental Public Health Program Manager, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
  • Stuart Goodpastor, Transportation Engineer formerly with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
  • David Whitworth, Engineering & Operations Team Leader, Federal Highway Administration-Kentucky Division, U.S. Department of Transportation

Registration is required. Registered participants will receive details on how to access the webinar when you register. Please share this information with your colleagues and networks.

The first three webinars in this series focused on:

  • Identifying and Prioritizing Environmentally Impacted and Vulnerable Communities (April 16, 2019)

Recording available at: https://youtu.be/1gsI4oIEb0U

  • Enhancing Community Involvement in the Regulatory Process (May 15, 2019)

Recording available at: https://youtu.be/iz3sc9xSoPg

  • Using Comprehensive Area-Wide Planning to Promote Equitable Development (June 18, 2019)

Additional webinar topics in the 2019 series include:

  • Environmental Justice Considerations for Rural Water Infrastructure.

For more information, please visit: https://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice

For questions about the series, please contact: Charles Lee at lee.charles@epa.gov

June 25 – Sustainability Summer School: How Schools and Municipalities Can Partner for Sustainability

DATE: Tuesday, June 25, 2019
TIME: 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
(Registration check-in
5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.)
LOCATION: Cheltenham Elementary School
7853 Front Street
Cheltenham, PA 19012
Register today to join us next Tuesday for a free event focused on achieving sustainability through partnerships. An organization’s decisions affect not only its operations but the community around it. Making sustainable decisions can help a municipality, school, or any organization be more efficient, act responsibly today, and protect its future. This workshop will help municipalities, schools, and other organizations plan for a sustainable future by highlighting ways to form productive partnerships. A sustainable future manages issues, such as energy strategy, resiliency, environmental protection, local economic development, and health, in a responsible manner.

The workshop will feature a panel of expert speakers from a broad spectrum of organizations who will share their experiences, the challenges they faced, and how they were able to overcome on their way to better operations. The speakers will discuss a variety of topics including energy management strategies and tools, recycling, sustainable procurement, stormwater management design and maintenance, and how to more sustainably design play spaces.

This event is being provided as part of Planning Smarter Montco 2019, a Montgomery County initiative offering planning education and outreach, and corresponds to the Sustainable Places theme contained in Montco 2040: A Shared Vision, Montgomery County’s comprehensive plan. Join us as we explore this important topic!



5:30 p.m. – 5:40 p.m. Welcome
Jody Holton, AICP, Executive Director
Montgomery County Planning CommissionMontgomery County Commissioners

Nicolas Perez Jr., Principal
Cheltenham Elementary School

5:40 p.m. – 5:50 p.m. Stormwater Operation & Maintenance
Jon Lesher, LEED Green Associate
Principal Environmental Planner II
Montgomery County Planning Commission
5:50 p.m. – 6:50 p.m. SESSION 1A: Energy Management Session

Building Energy Efficiency
Dianne Herrin, CEM, LEED AP, Vice President
Practical Energy Solutions

Technology Tools
Christopher D. Hurwitz, Senior Program Manager
Performance Systems Development

5:50 p.m. – 6:50 p.m. SESSION 1B: Sustainable Stormwater Management

Cheltenham Elementary School Case Study
Glenn Harris, Senior Project Manager
Renew Design Group

Stormwater Partnerships & Funding
Susan Harris, Principal Owner
Cerulean, LLC

Stormwater Facility Maintenance
Fran Lawn, GSI Partners Manager
Sustainable Business Network
of Greater Philadelphia

6:50 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Break
7:00 p.m. – 7:40 p.m. SESSION 2A: Sustainable Policies

Rethink Recycling
Veronica Harris, Recycling Manager
Montgomery County Planning Commission

Stormwater Partnerships & Funding
Susan Harris, Principal Owner
Cerulean, LLC

Sustainable Procurement & Maintenance
Bill McGarvey, Director of Training & Sustainability
Philip Rosenau Co., Inc.

7:00 p.m. – 7:40 p.m. SESSION 2B: Sustainable Landscaping

The Perspective of Play
Christopher Kircher, Studio Director
Metcalfe Architecture & Design, LLC

Installation & Maintenance of
Sustainable Landscaping
Ryan Snyder, Supervisor of
Landscape Operations
GreenWeaver Landscapes, LLC

7:40 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Panel Discussion

Oct 20 – 22 – APA PA Annual Conference!

We invite you to join Pennsylvania’s premier planning event of the year – the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association (PA APA) 2019 Annual Conference. This year’s conference, “Rally Around Reading: Rivers, Rails and Renaissance” takes place October 20 – 22, 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Reading in Reading, PA. It promises to be one of PA Chapter’s best conferences.

The PA APA Annual Conference provides a unique and effective opportunity to showcase your work and capabilities to planning professionals and policy makers from across the Commonwealth. It’s also one of the ways to support planning in Pennsylvania by providing valuable networking, education, and development for planners.

Sponsorships Available

The sponsorship page and brochure will allow you to choose the marketing opportunity that best suits your needs. The menu of options is varied – select conference sponsorship, rent prime exhibit space, or advertise in the Conference Announcement and Final Program. All options are first-come-first-serve and we anticipate space will fill quickly. Selecting your commitment level early will help you to get your first choice of placement as a sponsor, exhibitor, or both.


June 12 – DVRPC’s Information Resources Exchange Group Meeting

The 111thmeeting of the Information Resources Exchange Group (IREG) is scheduled for:WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12 2019 (10 am to 12) at:

The ACP Building, 8th Floor
190 North Independence Mall West
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Coffee will be available at 9:45 am.

Lunch will be served following the meeting.

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