Featured Listing – DVRPC – Planner

DVRPC is looking for a Planner (Research Analyst I/II)! Click through for more information!



Cast Your Vote for PennDOT Connects

PennDOT Connects One of America’s Top Twelve Transportation Projects Vying for Two Prestigious Awards (AASHTO)

Twelve winning transportation projects from four U.S. regional competitions will battle it out in this year’s America’s transportation Awards competition, with two $10,000 cash awards for a charity or transportation-related scholarship of the winners’ choosing at stake. The broad scope of the projects in the final round include one credited with using drone technology to get transportation systems back up and operating after a devastating hurricane as well as others that endeavor to incorporate citizen feedback and involvement in project design and development.


Support PennDOT Connects by voting today and often!

Online voting ends at 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Sunday, Oct. 6. Cast your vote at http://AmericasTransportationAwards.org. Individuals can cast no more than one vote per day.


Featured Listing – Research Analyst (RA) IV/V or Transportation Engineer (TE) IV/V

DVRPC is looking for a Research Analyst IV/V or Transportation Engineer IV/V! Click through for more information!

DVRPC – Research Analyst (RA) IV/V or Transportation Engineer (TE) IV/V

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


Interested in an AICP Study Group?

Are you thinking about taking the AICP exam in November and looking for some study buddies? Reach out to Alexis Williams our Chapter Professional Development Officer at alexis.williams@stvinc.com and she can connect you with other people in the southeast who are preparing for the exam.

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.

Aug. 15: Deadline to Vote in APA Elections

Planning Home. Community Planning Assistance Teams. The AICP Candidate Pilot Program. Elected leaders identify and direct major initiatives that move APA and the planning profession forward. Join your fellow American Planning Association, Pennsylvania Chapter, Southeast Section members and make your voice heard in chapter, division, student representative, and APA/AICP national elections. Voting is open July 15 through August 15. Learn more about the candidates and vote today.
If your APA address is in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia Counties you can also vote for southeast Section leadership. If you don’t see these candidates on your ballot please email getinvolved@planning.org to report the error.