On October 29th, the PA Local Government Training Partnership is coming to the Radnor Township Building in Wayne, Delaware County for a day-long focus on subdivision and development plan reviews. This course is designed for local officials, staff, and consultants involved in the front lines of reviewing subdivision and development plans. The local development review process prescribed by the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code can be complex. In addition there are related approvals following different timelines for state and federal permits. The process can frustrate local officials, developers, and the public. It can lead to community controversy and ill feelings when not handled well. The course will examine the local government development review process – steps, timelines, and the roles of various officials and bodies doing the review. Information presented will be useful for both newcomers to the process and as a refresher for experienced officials and professionals. There will be hands-on exercises reviewing actual development plans. Instructors Denny Puko of DCED and John Trant, Jr., AICP of HRG will provide a new look at ways to improve the process and make it a win-win for the community and developers in achieving sound, quality development.
During this workshop, instructors will engage attendees in discussion on the following subject areas:
– The basics of development review and approval
– MPC requirements for process and timing
– Roles of elected officials, planning commission, staff, consultants
– Hands-on review exercises
– Effective interactions with applicants and developers
– Improving and streamlining the process