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REGISTER NOW FOR PMPEI COURSE IN ZONING ADMINISTRATION

Tri-County Regional Planning Commission will offer a Zoning Administration course in March 2018 in partnership with the Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Education Institute.
 
The course will take place 6 to 9:30 p.m. on three consecutive Thursdays, March 15, 22 & 29, at the Swatara Township Building, 599 Eisenhower Blvd., Harrisburg, PA 17111.

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Lunch & Learn Events

As part of our efforts to implement the 2040 Regional Growth Management Plan, TCRPC is continuing to expand the FREE Lunch & Learn program.

During most months in 2018, we’ll host two Wednesday webinars in our 2nd-floor conference room at 112 Market Street, Harrisburg, beginning at 12 p.m. and running 75 to 90 minutes.

Many of the webinars will cover topics and concepts identified in the RGMP. As always, we'll also host webinars covering land use topics presented by Penn State Extension.

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Many of our Lunch & Learn sessions offer Certification Maintenance credits -- a convenient way to stay current with your continuing education requirements.

Below is the schedule for the first half of 2018. Please check back regularly for registration info.
 

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Wed 2/7, 12-1:30 PM
"HOW TO DO THE MATH ON PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT IN YOUR TOWN"
Strong Towns
Staff from Fate, TX will share their approach to planning commission and city council briefings on new proposed developments that include a basic yet effective fiscal sustainability analysis. They will share actual staff reports and ways to approach city councils, planning commissions, city managers and planning directors with solid numbers to promote fiscally sustainable development.

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Wed 2/21, 12-1:15 PM
"LAND USE PLANNING WITH A CHANGING CLIMATE"
Penn State Extension, 1.25 CM credits
This webinar will describe what is known about contemporary and expected climate change in Pennsylvania, how the impacts of climate on people and places in Pennsylvania are highly dependent on land use and landscapes, and the essential role of land use planning, broadly defined, for adapting climate change. It will describe concepts planners interested in addressing climate change may find useful, including the kinds of climate change information that is available. The webinar assists in determining what is and is not "actionable," and provides guidance such as decision-making considerations and paradigms that planners and other officials may find useful. Moderator: Neal Fogle. Speaker: James Shortle.
 
Wed 3/7, 12-1:30 PM
"SMART STRATEGIES TO TRANSFORM COMMERCIAL DISTRICTS"
Smart Growth Online
Five economic development experts explain how to craft and implement a commercial revitalization plan that inspires potential investors to take a different view of disinvested markets in a way that is aspirational yet grounded in market realities. Listen to stories and lessons learned from Philadelphia’s Fishtown community where the speakers and their partners encountered gaps in the retail experience along East Girard Avenue, and from Mesa, AZ, where they worked with community leaders to reposition businesses to address market changes spurred by development around a new light rail station.
 
Wed 3/14, 12-1:15 PM
“COMMUNITY HEART & SOUL: ENGAGING RESIDENTS THROUGH THE HUMANITIES TO FIND WHAT MATTERS MOST”

Penn State Extension, 1.25 CM credits
A planner is instrumental in taking all of the resources available within and helping a community to fulfill its long-term vision. This process is not easy, considering one of the community’s biggest assets is people. Not all residents feel their opinions count. Invisible but powerful forces of culture and history also motivate — or discourage — people from participating. The humanities can be a resource in overcoming these challenges and activating residents. Using the humanities, Community Heart & Soul offers practical examples and hands-on tools to successfully find, engage, and take action on what matters most to people in a community. Moderator: John Turack. Speakers: R. Mimi Iijima, Zachary Norwood, Andrew Sheaf, Leanne Tingay.
 
Wed 4/4, 12-1:30 PM
"REDEVELOPING BROWNFIELD SITES TO REVITALIZE COMMUNITIES"
Strong Towns
Engineer Pete Kero offers a presentation and answers questions about brownfield sites -- former industrial or commercial sites that are known or suspected to have environmental contamination. While these sites present many challenges and can be costly to clean up, they present tremendous opportunities for communities and developers. Kero offers an overview of brownfield sites along with real-world case studies. 
 
Wed 4/11, 12-1:15 PM
"ADDRESSING THE PARKING CHALLENGE: SMART PARKING PLANNING FOR DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT"
Penn State Extension, 1.25 CM credits
Parking, especially structured parking, is often a critical design, density, and financial component of downtown/urban development. Structured parking is often required to achieve the necessary development density for downtown redevelopment projects. This webinar will explore the important role that parking planning, design, and financing plays in the redevelopment of downtowns and transit oriented locations. The webinar will also outline best practices related to financing, designing, right-sizing, and developing parking to support downtown/urban development. Moderator: Neal Fogle. Speakers: Todd Helmer, James Zullo.
 
Wed 5/2, 12-1:30 PM
"CREATING VALUE: ASSESSING RETURN ON INVESTMENT IN COMPLETE STREETS"
Smart Growth America
How can benefit-cost analyses emphasize the value of Complete Streets? And what can advocates do to make Complete Streets a higher priority in city and state budgets? This webinar will explain how to plan and design Complete Streets projects to make them more competitive for grants. It will also teach participants how to use basic return on investment analysis to measure the benefits of Complete Streets.
 
Wed 5/16, 12-1:15 PM
"SIGN REGULATIONS THAT ENCOURAGE OUTSTANDING DESIGN"
Penn State Extension, 1.25 CM credits
How does your community regulate signs so they fit in with applicable design guidelines and community aesthetic desires? Jurisdictions often struggle with the regulation and administration of signs and aesthetics. This session will focus on the elements of great design for signs and zoning tools that can assist in the creation of signs that contain the elements of outstanding design. A case study will be presented on the City of Phoenix’s experience in performance based zoning to encourage the creation of designs that utilize comprehensive sign plans. A second case study will discuss the Town of Gilbert, Arizona Heritage District transformation, and how signs played a role in that transformation. Moderator: Peter Wulfhorst. Speaker: Catherine Lorbeer.
 
Wed 6/6, 12-1:30 PM
"MAKING THE MOST OF MAIN STREET: COMPLETE STREETS & WALKABLE COMMUNITIES"
Smart Growth America
Presenters discuss how a Complete Streets approach can help communities revitalize their downtowns. The speakers discuss their experiences developing and implementing Complete Streets, the intersection of public health and rural economic development, how to get community members involved, and finding funding. They also offer lessons from implementing a Complete Streets project in a small town.

CANCELLATION POLICY FOR PAID SEMINARS:

NOTE: Lunch & Learn events are free.

Cancellations must be made at least seven days before a seminar. If a cancellation is made at least seven days before a seminar, a credit will be issued toward a future seminar (good for one year). No refunds or credits are issued for registrants who fail to cancel less than one week prior to a seminar. If TCRPC cancels a seminar, registrants may request either a refund or a credit toward another seminar.


OTHER EDUCATION & TRAINING RESOURCES

Tri-County Regional Market Trends & Land-Use Implications:

This online presentation by Todd J. Poole, managing principal of 4ward Planning, covers the Tri-County Region's current and projected demographic and real estate market trends. It touches on trends in population, households, education, consumer spending, labor and industry, and real estate.

OTHER SOURCES:


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Video by Taubman College, University of Michigan


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Video by Penn State Extension