The Course in Zoning

MCPC is sponsoring The Course in Zoning, which will be taught in three consecutive Thursday sessions—October 15, 22, 29, 2020—from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Towamencin Township building (Meeting Hall), 1090 Troxel Road, Lansdale PA, 19446. This nuts-and-bolts course for municipal planners, elected officials, and their staff, 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. 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.