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Our Planning Smarter Montco 2016 program offers exciting planning education events throughout the year. The program provides relevant information about planning that will enable local leaders and citizens to better plan for the future of their municipalities. All Planning Smarter events are free of charge, unless otherwise noted, and are open to the general public. Many of the events correspond to the themes of Montco 2040: A Shared Vision, Montgomery County's new, award-winning comprehensive plan. Participants who attend all three of our planning courses will be recognized with a certificate at our 2016 Montgomery Awards celebration. While pre-registration is not required for all events, we highly recommend you register as this is our only way to contact you if an event changes or is canceled. We hope you will be able to join us for these interesting and informative sessions to share information and insights, and we invite you to sign up to receive event announcements and other planning news. We also invite you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest on planning in Montgomery County. For questions about our 2016 education schedule, contact Rita McKelvey at 610-278-3753.

 Urban Design

New Visions for Community Planning
February 17, 2016
Montgomery County Planning Commission (Montgomery Conference Room #202)
425 Swede Street • Norristown, PA 19401
3:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Registration check-in 3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.)    
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MCPC will be hosting this interesting DVRPC webinar, which is cosponsored by Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Join us to see inspiring community planning in action in a multimedia program. Learn about innovative plans with fresh ideas for sustainability, bold urban design, economic development, and more. Planning commissioners, mayors, and planners show how their community created the plan and how they benefited. This highly visual program is
a great introduction to introduction to good planning across the country. The webinar
offers 1.5 CM credits.

Subdivision Plan   The Course in Community Planning
March 2, 9, 16, 2016
Limerick Township Building (Room A)
646 Ridge Pike • Limerick, PA 19401
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
$90 Registration Fee (pre-registration required)
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The Course in Community Planning is an excellent introduction to planning in Montgomery County for any local planning commission appointee or local elected official. This three-session course combines presentations and group exercises that explore the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (MPC), the function of a planning commission, comprehensive plans, zoning, subdivision and land development, capital budgeting, and official maps. This popular course is a must for all new planning commission members.

 Solar Panels

Montco 2040 logo Sustainable Places Hot Topic 
Municipal Tools for Enabling Solar Energy Use and Promoting Energy Efficiency
April 21, 2016
Towamencin Township Building (Meeting Hall)
1090 Troxel Road • Lansdale, PA 19446
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Registration check-in 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.) 
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New opportunities exist for residents and businesses to incorporate energy efficiency measures and use solar energy technologies that may reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs. Encouraging their use and making these technologies work in a community without causing unwanted impacts may require new municipal policies and regulations. This workshop discusses energy efficiency, solar technologies, and effective ways to manage them.
Building Construction   Translating the Plan into Implementation
May 11, 2016
Montgomery County Planning Commission (Montgomery Conference Room #202)
425 Swede Street • Norristown, PA 19401
3:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Registration check-in 3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.)     
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MCPC will be hosting this informative DVRPC webinar, which is cosponsored by the American Institute of Certified Planners and Zoning Practice. How can zoning help put plans into action? What other kinds of implementation can smooth the way? Close collaboration? Rigorous regulations? Any way you look at it, implementation is key to fruitful plans and projects. Learn how communities are tightening up on implementation and measures of success. Panelists also will discuss how to make plan implementation more visible to the public. The webinar offers 1.5 CM credits. 

Montco 2040 logo Connected Communities Hot Topic
Planning on Two Feet (while pedaling) — Building Great Multiuse Trails
June 29, 2016
Lorimer Park (Enclosed Pavilion)
183 Moredon Road  Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (registration check-in 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
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Take a bike tour of the new Pennypack Trail and see how to build safe and attractive multiuse trails. Learn about all of the trails in Montgomery County that are being developed and discuss ways to provide better access to them from local neighborhoods. Bring your own bike or participate in the Bike Share Program. A hightlight of this event will be Abington Township’s
bike plan.

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The Course in Subdivision and Land Development Review

September 13, 20, 27, 2016
Upper Merion Township Building (Freedom Hall)
175 West Valley Forge Road • King of Prussia, PA 19406
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
$90 Registration Fee (pre-registration required)
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This three-session course in subdivision and land development review is essential for planning commissioners and elected officials. The course reviews the subdivision and land development process from pre-application meetings through the completion of a project. It focuses on the principles of subdivision and land development, the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (MPC) requirements, effective plan management procedures, and design and technical standards for subdivisions and land developments.
Montco 2040 logo Vibrant Economy Hot Topic 
Managing Evolving Institutional Facilities
October 26, 2016
Ambler Borough Hall (Council Chambers)
131 Rosemary Avenue • Ambler, PA  19002
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Registration check-in 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
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Traditional institutions are evolving to meet the demands of our changing population. In some cases, that means new types of institutional activities at traditional institutions. In other situations, new institutional facilities are proposed that are very different from institutional facilities developed in the past. Where institutional facilities are no longer needed, different types of adaptive reuse techniques have been used to transform these properties into residential or commercial facilities. This session will provide an overview of these trends and offer potential approaches to managing the changing institutional landscape.
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  The Course in Zoning
November 3, 10, 17, 2016
Lansdale Borough Hall (Council Chambers)
One Vine Street • Lansdale, PA 19446
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
$90 Registration Fee (Pre-registration Required)
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The Course in Zoning deals with probably the most complex and provocative topic in local planning. This three-session course 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. The course includes mapping exercises, reviews of ordinance provisions, and discussions of problem situations.
 Montgomery Awards ceremony reception

  Montgomery Awards Celebration
November 9, 2016

Celebrate another successful year in planning with other municipal officials, developers, and planning design professionals. The Montgomery Awards Program recognizes the best in planning, design and advocacy in Montgomery County. This annual program promotes awareness of outstanding design and innovative planning in our communities by awarding successful land developments, revitalization efforts, open space enhancements, environmental sustainability, and transportation improvements. Special recognition at the awards celebration
will also be given to those individuals who have completed the series of planning courses
we sponsor.

*Please note: Event dates and locations are subject to change.