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January 12, 2018

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.
 
In this course, zoning hearing board members, zoning officials, and elected officials—regardless of experience—learn the basic principles, procedures, and information needed to effectively carry out their functions in the administration of municipal zoning. The course covers the technical aspects of zoning and how to build effective relationships with the public. Hands-on experiences and practice exercises are built into each session. Participants learn how to conduct effective and fair zoning hearings in a mock zoning hearing session.
 
Course topics include the principles of zoning, key zoning terms, the zoning administration team, zoning officer duties, enforcement notices, and zoning hearing procedures, variances, special exceptions/conditional uses, and nonconformities.
 
COST: $35 for the entire course.
 
CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS are available for engineers, land surveyors, geologists, attorneys, registered landscape architects and UCC officials.
 
NOTE: Attendance at all three sessions is required for completion of the course.

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January 9, 2018

DAUPHIN COUNTY PRESENTS 6TH ANNUAL PREMIER PROJECT AWARDS

The Dauphin County Commissioners and Planning Commission today presented the sixth annual Premier Project Awards during a luncheon ceremony at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg.
 
The awards program acknowledges and encourages planning excellence in Dauphin County, recognizing projects that meet the community, environmental and economic goals of the county’s Comprehensive Plan.
 
Individuals, organizations, municipalities, public authorities, developers and public/private partnerships were asked to submit projects within Dauphin County for which they were principally involved in design, development or implementation.
 
The 2017 award winners include the following categories and projects:
  • Growing Our Communities: Tri County Community Action, for its project “Heart of the Hill - An Action Plan to Unite South Allison Hill”;
  • Growing Our Economy: Derry Township, for its “Park Boulevard Relocation Project”;
  • Growing Within Our Environment: H. Edward Black and Associates, Ltd., for its “Dauphin County Heroes Grove” project in Lower Paxton Township;
  • Small Project Award: Derry Township, for its “2017 Zoning Ordinance”; and
  • The Timothy P. Reardon Excellence in Planning Award: RGS Associates, Inc., for Phase 1 of its “Fort Hunter Park Master Plan Implementation” project.
At the sixth annual Dauphin County Premiere Project Awards luncheon on January 9, RGS Associates, Inc. received the first Timothy P. Reardon Excellence in Planning Award for Phase 1 of its "Fort Hunter Park Master Plan Implementation" project. From left are Chad Gladfelter, Dauphin County Parks & Recreation Director Carl Dickson, John Hershey, Matthew Bonanno, TCRPC Executive Director Steve Deck.

At the sixth annual Dauphin County Premiere Project Awards luncheon on January 9, RGS Associates, Inc. received the first Timothy P. Reardon Excellence in Planning Award for Phase 1 of its "Fort Hunter Park Master Plan Implementation" project. From left are Chad Gladfelter, Dauphin County Parks & Recreation Director Carl Dickson, John Hershey, Matthew Bonanno, TCRPC Executive Director Steve Deck.

Steve Deck, executive director of the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, said this year’s categories reflect the recent adoption of the Dauphin County Comprehensive Plan. “The plan establishes an overall vision for the future of the county, setting our direction and identifying our goals. And the winners of this year’s awards demonstrate how Dauphin County’s planners, local governments and businesses are helping to make it happen,” Deck said.
 
This year’s program also featured the first Timothy P. Reardon Excellence in Planning Award, a “best overall project” designation named for TCRPC’s former executive director, who retired in December after 34 years with the commission. 
 
The competition’s judges, representing a variety of planners, engineers and local governments from throughout Dauphin County, praised this year’s 12 entries for their vision, innovation, public involvement, government cooperation, and sensitivity to the area’s history and environment.
The five winners of this year’s Premier Project Awards bring to 27 the total number of awards presented since the program began in 2011.
 
The event was sponsored by Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc., and Smith Land & Improvement Corporation.

Highlights from the 2017 Premier Project Awards: