The Course in Zoning

The Course in Zoning will be taught in three Thursday sessions—October 12, 19, 26 2023in the Lansdale Borough Hall Council Chambers, One Vine Street, Lansdale, PA  19446 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This course, which is taught in three consecutive sessions, is designed for municipal planners, elected officials, and their staff. It deals with what is probably the most fascinating, complex, and provocative topic in local planning. It traces the evolution of zoning in the early twentieth century to the way zoning is practiced in Pennsylvania today. The course stresses the fundamentals of developing a sound zoning ordinance using the authority of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (MPC). Topics include the relationship of zoning to comprehensive plans, understanding zoning terms, key issues in drafting a zoning ordinance and map, adoption and amendment, zoning ordinance administration, MPC options for joint municipal zoning, planned residential development, and traditional neighborhood development. The course includes mapping exercises, reviews of ordinance provisions, discussion of problem situations, and ethical issues. The course is limited to 25 participants and preregistration is required. The registration fee is $110 and is due at the first session. Municipal officials and staff members from municipalities with a current planning assistance contract with MCPC are eligible for a discounted rate of $90. Contact Rita McKelvey at 610-278-3753 for further information. 

Registration & Payment

The course is limited to 25 participants, and preregistration is required. The registration fee is $110 and is due at the first session. Municipal officials and staff members from municipalities with a current planning assistance contract with MCPC are eligible for a discounted rate of $90. Payment by credit card is not available at this time. A check, made payable to Montgomery County Treasurer, may be sent prior to the course at the mailing address below or brought to the first session of the course. The registration fee also may be paid in exact cash at the first session. We will invoice your community/business/organization if needed. Contact Rita McKelvey at 610-278-3753 for additional information. 

Payment Mailing Address

Montgomery County Planning Commission
 PO Box 311
 Norristown, PA 19404-0311
 Attn: Rita McKelvey

Continuing Education Credits

The PMPEI is an approved provider of continuing education credits for a variety of entities. Click here for credit information. Fees, in addition to the course registration fee, apply to those seeking continuing education credits. Payment for the credits is handled by the PMPEI. Please direct all questions about credits to Terri Dickow

Contact Rita McKelvey at 610-278-3753 for further information.

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