The Course in Zoning Administration

The Course in Zoning Administration, which is taught in three consecutive sessions, informs zoning hearing board members, zoning officials, and elected officials, regardless of experience, on the basic principles, procedures, and information needed to effectively carry out their functions in the administration of municipal zoning. The course covers the technical aspects of zoning and how to build effective relationships with the public. Hands-on experiences and practice exercises are built into each session. Participants learn how to conduct effective and fair zoning hearings in a mock zoning hearing session. Course topics include the principles of zoning, key zoning terms, the zoning administration team, zoning officer duties, enforcement notices, and zoning hearing procedures, variances, special exceptions/conditional uses, and nonconformities. 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.