Multi-Municipal Planning Course


  • Pennsylvania


Heritage Conservancy, with the support of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS), developed a course related to the land use planning aspects of multi-municipal planning. The course was presented in 1.5-, 3- and 5-hour versions in six locations throughout eastern Pennsylvania in 2005. It was also distributed to various municipalities in CD form.

This course focuses on the interrelated and often complex topics that the professional or seasoned municipal official should understand in the preparation of the land use element of a multi-municipal comprehensive plan. Fundamental community planning, as well as legal, considerations are involved. Growth areas, future growth areas and rural resource areas, as defined in the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, each require different planning considerations. The various issues related to these planning areas are discussed, with particular attention given to recent appellate court decisions.

Planning issues faced by cities, boroughs, and more mature townships are also included in the course to effectively address growth management and to ensure that the needs of all participating communities are addressed. These older communities often serve as the historic centers and logical hubs for cooperative planning partners. Various comprehensive planning recommendations for these “older Pennsylvania” communities, included in the Brookings Institution report, Back To Prosperity: A Competitive Agenda for Renewing Pennsylvania and 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania’s Planning Beyond Boundaries: A Multi-Municipal Planning and Implementation Manual for Pennsylvania Municipalities, provide sound bases for the integration of older communities into a multi-municipal planning effort.

Municipal officials interested in this course should contact Heritage Conservancy.

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