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Lehigh Valley/Berks Section Event: PA Land Use Institute…

March 3, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 1:00 pm

PA Land Use Institute: Recent Land Use Court Decisions, Transportation Impacts of Logistic Parks & Mini Casinos

More information: https://www.albright.edu/about-albright/offices-departments/center-for-excellence-in-local-government/events/

4.50 CM credit (1.5 Law)

Presentation time: 8:00-10:00 AM

This presentation is geared towards planners, engineers, municipal officials and other similar service/planning entities. The Solicitors will discuss each case and how they relate to municipalities.

The session will cover:

  • What the basis/background was for each case
  • Who is impacted by the case
  • What was the case outcome, and
  • What are the effects of the case outcome on municipalities

The case law that will be analyzed and discussed include:

DeMattia v. Zoning Hearing Board of East Whiteland Township (race car repairs not a proper residential accessory use) (Pa.Commw. 8/9/17)

Cheltenham Township Board of Commissioners v. Hanson-Lloyd, 166 A.3d 496 (Pa.Commw. 2017) (sketch plan as vesting rights under land use ordinances in effect at time of submittal)

Reihner v. City of Scranton (short term rentals for purposes of zoning) No. 256 C.D. 2017 (Pa.Commw., 12/8/17)

Vanvoorhis v. Shrewsbury Township, No. 2056 CD 2016, 2017 Pa.Commw. LEXIS 1060 (12/21/17) (short term rentals and zoning)

Cornell Narberth LLC v. Borough of Narberth, 167 A.3d 229 (Pa. Commw. 2017) (building permit issuance as not creating a contractual relationship between the owner and the municipality)

SBA Towers IX, LLC v. Unity Township ZHB, 2018 Pa.Commw. LEXIS 70 (Pa.Commw. 2/16/18)

Samsel v. Uniform Construction Code Board of Appeals of Jefferson Township, 10 A.3d 412 (Pa.Cmwlth.2010)  (discussions of adaptive re-use and “agri-tainment” as a use).

Presentation time: 10:15 am – 11:15 am. –  Logistics Parks – Large and Small – What are the issues and impacts on your community?  What can you do to prepare for emerging “industry “in Berks County? Truck Traffic, storm water, utilities, emerging technologies used by the industry which affects zoning…  All topics of consideration.  

Speakers:  John R. Wichner, P.E., PTOE, McMahon Associates, Inc.; Gary Kraft, P.E., Kraft Engineering; Devon Hain, Transportation Planner II, Berks County Planning Commission  Moderator: Liz Magovern

Presentation time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Gaming in Pennsylvania – A “Mini Casino” coming to a municipality near you or even in your municipality.  What are the impacts, issues and benefits?  Presentation will discuss the impacts of Casino’s and in particular the newly announced Mini-Casino to be located in the Reading/Berks County area. 

Speakers:  Thomas J. Shaheen, Vice President for Policy, Pennsylvania Family Institute/Council/PAC, Commissioner Dante Santoni, accompanied by Director of Communications, Doug Harbach.   Moderator:  Joan London, Esq.


March 3, 2018
7:30 am - 1:00 pm
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Albright College, 100 Roessner Hall
1940 North 13th Street
Reading, PA 19612 United States


PA Chapter of APA and Lehigh Valley/Berks Section