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Video by Taubman College, University of Michigan

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Video by Penn State Extension, University Park, PA



  • When: Thursdays, March 2, 9 & 16, from 6 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Where: Swatara Township Building, 599 Eisenhower Blvd., Harrisburg, PA 17111.
  • What: Designed for planning commissioners, zoning officials, elected officials and others interested or involved in zoning. Topics will include the relationship of zoning to comprehensive plans, key terms used in zoning and how they are applied, critical issues in drafting a zoning ordinance, procedures for adopting and amending ordinances, and basic zoning administration. Offered in partnership with the Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Education Institute.
  • How much: $35 for entire three-session course.
  • Continuing ed: Continuing education credits are available for realtors, engineers, surveyors, landscape architects, UCC officials and lawyers who attend.
  • Note: Attendance at all three sessions is required for completion of the course.

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Lunch & Learn Events

Our FREE Lunch & Learn Events are presented as webinars by the Penn State Extension Service and offer 1.25 AICP CM Credits.

They're held from 12 noon to 1:15 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month in our 2nd-floor training room at 112 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101.


  • March 15 - Pipelines & People: How Communities Can Better Understand & Manage Pipelines: Municipalities can address pipeline safety at the local level through best planning practices and ordinance regulations. This webinar session will address specific tools for pipeline planning and discuss pipeline safety, legal issues, MPC obligations, comprehensive planning concepts, and local standards to assess impact and regulate pipeline-related activities. Moderator: Neal Fogle; Speakers: John Gaadt & Dave Messersmith.


  • April 12 - Planning with School Districts: A Neighborhood Model Approach: The inner Cleveland suburb of Lakewood (population 51,000) calls itself a "walking school district." Lakewood has never had school buses in its history, and kids grow up walking and biking to school. This webinar will discuss how the city approaches neighborhood and citywide planning in this context. Lakewood has been deemed the most walkable city in the State of Ohio, and is working to implement bike infrastructure across the city to create even safer streets for students, and all of Lakewood, to use. Moderator: Peter Wulfhorst; Speaker: Bryce Slyvester.
  • May 17 - Using Reverse Fiscal Impact Analysis in Pre-Disaster Planning: Fiscal impact analysis is commonly used to determine the impact of land development on a municipal, county or school budget. However, with a few tweaks, it can also be used as part of pre- or post-disaster planning and hazard mitigation planning to determine the impact of property buy-outs on these same budgets, and is thus called a “reverse” fiscal impact analysis. This webinar will provide a practitioner’s guide to performing a reverse fiscal impact analysis and case studies from flood-prone communities. Moderator: Peter Wulfhorst; Speaker: Steve Nelson.


[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.


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.