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June 1: Just Beneath the Surface

The fate of Philadelphia’s cemeteries and burial places has been headline news several times in recent years. Join the Philadelphia Archaeological Forum and representatives from the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office and city agencies for a discussion of the legal and ethical issues surrounding burial places in and around Philadelphia.

June 1, 2017

Arch Street Meeting House
320 Arch St., Philadelphia

For more information:
www.phillyarchaeology.net | phillyarchaeology@gmail.com

July 5: 2017 Planning Law Review (1.5 AICP CM Law Credits)

2017 Planning Law Review

The U.S. Supreme Court, federal courts, and state courts all play an important role in shaping planning throughout the country. This annual review delves into the important cases, the decisions that were made — or not made — and how this will affect planning at many levels. Legal experts and members of APA’s amicus curiae committee fill you in on what you need to know.

This event provides 1.5 AICP CM LAW credits.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

3:45 – 5:30 PM

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

190 N. Independence Mall W., 8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106

The event is free but registration is required:


Need Law Credits? Come to DVRPC on June 29th!

Join DVRPC for a free viewing of the American Planning Association’s “2016 Planning Law Review” (a $195 value!) on Wednesday, June 29, 2016.

As the U.S. Supreme Court concludes its session, APA convenes planning attorneys to discuss the most important decisions of the year. In addition to the Supreme Court cases, the panel reviews district and state court rulings. Find out whether APA filed amicus briefs and why. Stay current, be informed, and invite your officials or clients to attend.

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Dec. 10: Planning for Sign Code Success


Planning for Sign Code Success
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Breakfast/registration: 8:30 AM
Event: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Coming up with reasonable and enforceable sign codes can often be a complex and controversial process. With so many community stakeholders caring about sign codes, it is important to get the most accurate, up-to-date information and expertise as possible. The seminar will present modules that educate on the technology within signs, sign code issues, understanding electronic message centers, and the importance of signs to business. In light of the new challenges imposed by the recent Supreme Court Reed ruling, attendees will be presented with important interim and permanent policy changes to bring municipal ordinances into compliance with the Court’s new precedents. Local planners will present on the development and implementation of the Montgomery County Model Sign Ordinance.

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July 30: Signs, Signs, Everywhere Signs

Is your sign code constitutionally compliant after the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Reed v. Town of Gilbert? If you don’t know, you’d better check and learn how to make it legal! You can do this by participating in the July 30th webinar Reed v. Town of Gilbert: The Supreme Court’s New Rules for Temporary – and other – Signs through the American Planning Association consortium.

Panelists will include Alan Weinstein, a nationally-known planning law expert, and Wendy Moeller, author of the new Best Practices in Regulating Temporary Signs. Participants will learn how to replace content-based regulations with effective content-neutral language, and save their community the headaches (and costs!) of legal challenges.

Don’t forget to register for this free and CM-eligible webinar today!

July 1: Need Law Credits?

2015 Planning Law Review (1.5 CM Law Credits)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Planning feels the impact of decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court, federal district courts, and state courts. How will their rulings affect you? Get a briefing on the year’s legal developments, from First Amendment issues to environmental actions, housing, and equal access. Presenters also will discuss major legislative initiatives and APA’s amicus filings. Join in a lively, informative program you and your staff, colleagues, and officials won’t want to miss. This program is also suitable for planning commissioners.

If you are an AICP member and would like to earn CM credits for attending this session, please bring your AICP number for the sign-in sheet and remember to claim your credits at www.planning.org/cm after the webinar.

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May 6: Legal and Regulatory Context of Green Infrastructure

Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN) Green Infrastructure, Climate, and Cities Seminar Series

Legal and Regulatory Context of Green Infrastructure

Wednesday, May 6th at 4pm (EST)

Hill Seminar Room – Drexel University – Lebow Engineering Room 240 – 31st and Market Sts, Phila, PA


Larry Levine, Senior Attorney, Water Program, Natural Resources Defense Council

John Nystedt, Restoration Specialist, Delaware Riverkeeper Network

Fred Stine, Citizen Action Coordinator, Delaware Riverkeeper Network


Please RSVP for both in-person and webinar attendance here: http://ccrun.org/seminars

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May 20: APAPA Public Private Partnerships Training at DVRPC (3 CM Credits, Including Law)

Public/Private Partnerships: A Professional Development Program

Click here for the brochure and to register.

3 AICP CM Credits* including 1.5 LAW

Join Sean Garrigan and Matt Ward to cover P3 essentials:

  • Application
  • Funding Mechanisms
  • Legal Structure
  • Partnership Agreements
  • Financing Terms

Sponsored by the PA Chapter of the American Planning Association and the PA Local Government Training Partnership

Public/Private Partnerships (P3s) are increasingly becoming a tool that local governments, quasi-public entities and government agencies are using to achieve necessary and desirable community investments. They are especially effective for communities facing major re-investments as a result of a changing economy, closure of a major employment center, loss of retail anchors or shifts in tax bases. At any one of four locations statewide, join a planner and lawyer experienced with P3s to understand how your community could benefit from these innovative, yet complex, partnerships.

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Three Upcoming DVRPC Events for Planners

Rack up CM credits with the following upcoming events at DVRPC:

  • June 4: Introducing New Density to the Neighborhood (1.5 CM credits)
  • June 9: Communicating With Your Constituents: Effective Municipal Websites and Social Media Tactics
  • June 25: 2014 Planning Law Review (1.5 CM Law Credits)

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Jan. 31: How to Be an Expert Witness — 1.5 Law Credits!

Medium Court


New Years Resolution: Log CM credits more often! The “How to be an Expert Witness” session is being offered at a reduced cost. Neil Sklaroff, Esq, from Ballard Spahr will be moderating a panel of experienced attorneys and planners. The four month grace period for AICP credits ends on April 30th 2014. This is an opportunity to earn your legal credits before the deadline or take care of them early in the reporting period. 

Register by January 17th

Registration includes a bound reference guide that has been updated by the panel members Read more