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PMPEI: Course in Zoning (Berks County)
April 28, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Reviews how zoning evolved in the United States, and how many of the original concepts still form the basis of the way zoning is practiced in 21st century Pennsylvania.
This “nuts and bolts” course deals with the most complex and provocative topic in local planning. It stresses the fundamentals for developing a sound zoning ordinance using the authority granted in the PA Municipalities Planning Code.
Topics in the course include:
- 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
- Basic zoning administration
Advanced techniques like overlay zones, performance zoning, traditional neighborhood development, planned residential development, as well as the options available for joint municipal zoning are also emphasized.
The course includes mapping exercises, reviews of ordinance provisions, and discussions of problem situations. It is intended for planning commissioners, zoning officials, elected officials, and others interested or involved in zoning.
All PMPEI courses are continuously updated to reflect the most recent amendments to the Municipalities Planning Code.