Lehigh Valley Planning Commission

Lehigh Valley

Government Academy

The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC) is pleased to continue to offer the Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Education Institute (PMPEI) courses in community planning and land use regulations. These courses are targeted to planning commissioners, zoning hearing board members, zoning administrators, elected officials, and others with an interest or involvement in planning. For 2018, LVPC will offer three courses. Learn more about PMPEI courses at http://pmpei.org/

2019 COURSES

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    COMMUNITY PLANNING (SOLD OUT)

     

    WHAT IS IT?

    This is a course to teach planning commissioners, local officials and others how to carry out their responsibilities under the PA Municipalities Planning Code (MPC)—the statute that endows municipalities with the authority to plan. For those who don’t know or fully understand the provisions of the MPC, this course shows how the MPC gives a jurisdiction the authority to make critical decisions involving land use, which can shape their community’s quality of life.

     

    WHO SHOULD GO?

    Municipal zoning hearing board and planning commission members, elected officials, primary municipal support staff (managers and secretaries), prospective students of city and regional planning, professional planners, and engaged community members who wish to understand the zoning and subdivision approval processes.

     

    WHEN: 5:30-9:00 PM

    • Wednesday, September 11, 2019
    • Wednesday, September 18, 2019
    • Wednesday, September 25, 2019

     

    Classes will be at:

    LVPC, 961 Marcon Blvd., Suite 310, Allentown, PA 18109

    Food provided

    REGISTRATION INFORMATION

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    SUBDIVISION + LAND DEVELOPMENT REVIEW (SOLD OUT)

     

    WHAT IS IT?

    This course explores the work of planning commissions in the subdivision and land development review process, from pre-application meetings through project completion.

     

    WHO SHOULD GO?

    Municipal zoning hearing board and planning commission members, municipal elected officials, engineers, planners, attorneys, real estate professionals and others who deal with subdivision and land development ordinances.

     

    WHEN: 5:30-9:00 PM

    • Thursday, October 3
    • Thursday, October 10
    • Thursday, October 17

     

    Classes will be at:

    LVPC, 961 Marcon Blvd., Suite 310, Allentown, PA 18109

    Food provided

    REGISTRATION INFORMATION

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    ZONING (SOLD OUT)

     

    WHAT IS IT?

    This is a “nuts and bolts” course that deals with probably the most complex and provocative topic in local planning and zoning.  This course reviews how zoning hearing boards work and are managed, how zoning evolved in the United States, and how many of the original concepts still form the basis of the way zoning is practiced in Pennsylvania.

     

    WHO SHOULD GO?

    Planning commission and municipal zoning hearing board members, elected officials, engineers, planners, attorneys, real estate professionals, others who deal with zoning ordinances and anyone interested in zoning.

     

    WHEN: 5:30-9:00 PM

    • Monday, November 4
    • Monday, November 18
    • Monday, November 25

     

    Classes will be at:

    LVPC, 961 Marcon Blvd., Suite 310, Allentown, PA 18109

    Food provided

    REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Citizen Planner Certificate

Complete three courses at the Lehigh Valley Government Academy and you will be awarded the “Citizen Planner Certificate”. Certificates will be awarded during a ceremony at a Lehigh Valley Planning Commission meeting.

2018 Citizen Planners

Front row (left to right): Makala Ashmar*, Malissa Davis, Prabodh "Sunny" Ghai, Lori B. Seese, John von Kerczek; Back row (left to right): Tina Roseberry, PMPEI course instructor, Austin Burker*, Jeffrey Fox, Pamela Pearson*, John Gallagher.

* Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Education Institute Outstanding Education Achievement Award recipients

Brian Carl
Weisenberg + Lowhill Township

Malissa Davis
Bethlehem Township

Jeffrey Fox
Pen Argyl Borough Planning Commission

John Gallagher
Bethlehem Township

Prabodh "Sunny" Ghai
Upper Macungie Township Planning Commission

Dharam Paul Nohar
Lehigh Valley Planning Commission

Pamela Pearson*
Lehigh Valley Planning Commission

Lori B. Seese
Lower Nazareth Township Planning +
Zoning Hearing Board

John von Kerczek
Lehigh Valley Planning Commission

Kyle Walbert
Upper Milford Township

Citizen Planner Alumni

Judith Acosta*

Leroy Bickert

Justin Burker*

Joy Cohen

Diane Donaher

Ashley Godshall

Hannah Haubert

Michael Kolba Jr.

Matt Malozi

Rob Melosky

Ngozi Obi

Geoff Reese

Cameran Smith

Vince Tranguch*

Keith Zehner

Makala Ashmar*

Becky Bradley

David Calhoun

Norman Daniel

Thomas Eighmy

Zach Graves*

Don Heiney

Michael Lilly

Shawn Martell

Sandy Nicolo*

Michael Prendeville

Sue Rockwell

J. Scott Stenroos

Duane Wagner

Gary Behler

Michael Bryant*

Deb Chesney*

Dawn Didra*

Mark Ernst

Wanda Gruber*

Gabe Hurtado*

Teresa Mackey

Eric McAfee

Robert Nolter

Lance Prator*

Robert Scott

Brent Stringfellow

Donna Wright*

 

* Denotes PMPEI Outstanding Education Achievement Award

Lehigh Valley Planning Commission

961 Marcon Boulevard - Suite 310

Allentown, PA 18109

Phone: (610) 264-4544

Toll Free: (888) 627-8808

Fax: (610) 264-2616