Education & Training

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PMPEI Zoning Course

Tri-County Regional Planning Commission will offer a course on zoning in partnership with the Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Education Institute (PMPEI).

The course will take place 6 to 9:30 p.m. on three consecutive Tuesdays, April 16, 23 and 30, at the Swatara Township Building, 599 Eisenhower Blvd., Harrisburg, PA 17111. Cost to attend is $35. Class size is limited.

This course addresses the fascinating, complex, provocative and contentious topic of zoning. It examines how zoning evolved in the United States and how this past history continues to shape the way zoning is practiced in 21st century Pennsylvania.

The course begins with a review of the Municipal Planning Code authority for zoning and presents “nuts and bolts” fundamentals for drafting zoning ordinances and amendments. Included in the course are advanced techniques like overlay and performance zoning, planned residential development, and traditional neighborhood development. The relationship of zoning to comprehensive planning and the need for them to be consistent is emphasized. Also in the course are mapping exercises and analyses of zoning ordinance provisions. Problem situations and ethical dilemmas in zoning are discussed. The role of the planning commission with other individuals and local agencies in zoning administration, as well as procedures for enacting zoning ordinances and guidelines for rezoning, are discussed in detail.

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.

Co-sponsored by the American Planning Association's PA Chapter, Central Section.

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Lunch & Learn Events

TCRPC’s long-running Lunch & Learn program has become part of our effort to implement the 2040 Regional Growth Management Plan.

These FREE live webinars covering land use topics presented by Penn State Extension run from 12:00 to 1:15 p.m. in our second floor conference room at 112 Market St. in downtown Harrisburg. They offer Certification Maintenance credits, providing a convenient way for you to stay current with your continuing education requirements.

Be sure to check the schedule below for details.



Wed., Feb. 20, 2019
12-1:15 PM
Geodesign: Using Data Transparency and Community Voices for Enhanced Land-Use Planning
Land use planning for the future needs to embrace the latest technologies and tools, as well as how to grasp all the data available about places (without being overwhelmed!). New changes in geospatial tools and technologies enables a shift from data-overload towards data sensibility. Geodesign, rooted in decades of refinement, is a place-based planning process that joins values-laden creative problem solving with geospatial data in a collaborative approach. This webinar will provide information on Geodesign work that can guide stakeholders to a consensus vision for the future through the process of collaboration and negotiation that is enlivened by geospatial technologies that visualize scenario alternatives in real time. Speakers: Kelleann Foster, David Goldberg, Jesse Suders. Moderator: Peter Wulfhorst.

Wed., Mar. 20, 2019
12-1:15 PM
Municipal Options for Meeting MS4 Compliance Without Breaking the Budget
Municipalities wishing to meet MS4 requirements have many options: hire a consultant, do an education program for the public, or test water coming from outfalls… but one of the most effective steps to take is to use existing resources, existing personnel, and existing projects and property to improve the quality of stormwater in local streams and bodies of water. The webinar focuses on four areas: retrofit of existing detention ponds; installation of permeable pavements; construction of rain gardens; and restoration of streambanks. These four ‘Best Management Practices (BMP)' are accomplishable by a municipality, affordable to a limited budget, and creditable for a MS4 program. Municipalities can address pipeline safety at the local level through best planning practices and ordinance. Speaker: James Pillsbury. Moderator: John Turack.

Wed., Apr. 17, 2019
12-1:15 PM
Making the Most of Historical and Heritage Assets: How a Preservation-based Design Ethic Can Promote
Many planners and community development practitioners know implementation of a traditional design ethic in their communities is essential to their work. But many misperceptions still exist about how or even if historic properties fit into our diverse, dynamic 21st century communities, real estate markets and marketplaces. Primarily looking beyond isolated and scarce public funding, this webinar will discuss how a preservation-based community design ethic fits into vital economic and community development strategies and will outline best-practice planning approaches and tools to preserve, promote, and invest in local historic character and properties. Speaker: William Callahan. Moderator: Peter Wulfhorst.

Wed., May 15, 2019
12-1:15 PM
The Benefits and Challenges of Ridesharing on the Transportation System
Uber is the world’s largest ridesharing company: it rapidly connects passengers and drivers with the seamlessness that taxi operators struggle to match. The app-based service provides the convenience of upfront pricing, a small army of drivers ready to pick up fares around the clock, and availability in hundreds of cities around the world. It has become commonplace as a way for people to get around without owning a car: it also provides extra income for those who do own cars. This webinar will discuss how ridesharing has impacted the transportation system and what are the challenges going forward. Planners will learn about how ridesharing will affect them and their communities. Speaker: Kevin Kerr. Moderator: John Turack.


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.


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Video by Taubman College, University of Michigan

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Video by Penn State Extension