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Have a Best Practice? Want to Share? The PA Chapter of APA wants to share your success stories with others. Send us your best practices – planning, zoning, development, open space, housing, economic development, trails, whatever it might be – and we’ll evaluate it for adding to our website.

Want to get involved but not sure how?  We need planners to help evaluate best practice submittals to see if they should be shared with everyone and put on our website. If interested, contact Brian O’Leary at boleary@chesco.org.

Tools for An Effective Planning Commissioner

posted on December 10th, 2013  |  Read more

This video provides planning commissioners with an overview of what planning commissions do and where they fit in their city, borough, township or county government. The basic tools of comprehensive planning, subdivision and land development regulation, and zoning are described so commissioners can learn how they can effectively contribute to the quality of life in their municipalities.

Chester Remakes: A Strategic Plan to Green and Grow Chester!

posted on November 21st, 2013  |  Read more

2012 Annual Awards Winner: Student Project Award   Chester Remakes is the work product of the Temple University Community and Regional Planning Department’s graduate capstone studio course. The student project promotes investing in the city’s more traditional spaces: its neighborhoods, its downtown and its places of recreation. Recommendations strive to offset the legacy of environmental   

Planning Commission University

posted on November 21st, 2013  |  Read more

2012 Annual Award Winner: Planning Excellence Award – Public Outreach   Planning Commission University was created by Cumberland County Planning Department to train local planning commission members, both rookies and veterans. It provides three sessions of basic and advanced instruction on planning commission roles and responsibilities, from why planning is important, to comprehensive plans, subdivision,   

Dam Park at Austin: Master Plan & Economic Development Strategies

posted on November 21st, 2013  |  Read more

2012 Annual Award Winner: Planning Excellence Award – Best Practice   Awarded to Dam Park at Austin: Master Plan & Economic Development Strategies. This master plan provided the Austin Dam Memorial Association with a frameworkfor making decisions related to improving the Austin Dam Memorial Park, and witheconomic development and marketing strategies to establish Austin Borough   

Philadelphia’s Integrated Planning and Zoning Process

posted on November 21st, 2013  |  Read more

2012 Annual Awards: Planning Excellence Award – Best Practice The Philadelphia City Planning Commission’s (PCPC’s) Integrated Planning and Zoning Process is an innovative approach to leveraging the synergy between citizen education, strategic planning, and zoning reform to achieve higher goals. As a best practice, this integrated process is fully transferable to other public planning organizations,