• Duties of a Zoning Hearing Board - 4/27/21 - Cumberland County (Live and Virtual)

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes Multiple Live Events. The next is on 04/27/2021 at 6:30 PM (EDT)

    This class is being held as a live classroom course, or you can attend virtually. From making decisions on contentious public issues to learning the ins and outs of the Municipalities Planning Code, being a member of a zoning hearing board can be a challenge. In this course, Elam Herr, retired PSATS’ assistant executive director and the chair of the East Hempfield Township (Lancaster) zoning hearing board, has a wealth of experience and will help you to better navigate this challenge. Topics to be covered include procedures for deciding variances and special exceptions, handling hearing-related questions, Ethics Act requirements and much more. Attendees will also learn specific, practical tips that will leave them better prepared for their next meeting or hearing. While this course is geared more toward newer zoning hearing board members, those looking for a refresher on their obligations will also benefit.

  • 2021 PAAZO Spring Educational Forum - 4/18/21 - Dauphin County

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live In-Person Event on 04/18/2021 at 10:00 AM (EDT)

    This full-day program explores issues that zoning officers, planning and zoning officials face on a regular basis, and discusses effective strategies to address them. Attendees are eligible to receive five (5) continuing education credits toward their "Certified Zoning Officer" designation and/or 5 PMGA Planning/Zoning points.

  • Webinar - Get on Point with 3D Laser Scanning in Your Municipalities - 4/14/21

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 04/14/2021 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

    Learn how your municipality can accelerate project completion, reduce costs, and utilize data collection for future developments with the help of 3D Laser Scanning. This webinar will explore the 3D Laser Scanner equipment and software, application usages, and the advantages of this digital surveying technology method. Do not miss your chance to be entered in a drawing to win one of three giveaway prizes!

  • Duties of a Zoning Hearing Board - 4/8/21 - Luzerne County

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live In-Person Event on 04/08/2021 at 6:30 PM (EDT)

    From making decisions on contentious public issues to learning the ins and outs of the Municipalities Planning Code, being a member of a zoning hearing board can be a challenge. In this course, Elam Herr, retired PSATS’ assistant executive director and the chair of the East Hempfield Township (Lancaster) zoning hearing board, has a wealth of experience and will help you to better navigate this challenge. Topics to be covered include procedures for deciding variances and special exceptions, handling hearing-related questions, Ethics Act requirements and much more. Attendees will also learn specific, practical tips that will leave them better prepared for their next meeting or hearing. While this course is geared more toward newer zoning hearing board members, those looking for a refresher on their obligations will also benefit.

  • Duties of a Zoning Hearing Board - 3/25/21 - Allegheny County

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live In-Person Event on 03/25/2021 at 6:30 PM (EDT)

    From making decisions on contentious public issues to learning the ins and outs of the Municipalities Planning Code, being a member of a zoning hearing board can be a challenge. In this course, Elam Herr, retired PSATS’ assistant executive director and the chair of the East Hempfield Township (Lancaster) zoning hearing board, has a wealth of experience and will help you to better navigate this challenge. Topics to be covered include procedures for deciding variances and special exceptions, handling hearing-related questions, Ethics Act requirements and much more. Attendees will also learn specific, practical tips that will leave them better prepared for their next meeting or hearing. While this course is geared more toward newer zoning hearing board members, those looking for a refresher on their obligations will also benefit.

  • Webinar - Zoning Implications for Agritourism in Pennsylvania - 3/18/21

    Contains 8 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 03/18/2021 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

    The intersection of farming and entertainment is a popular business in Pennsylvania. Many farmers across Pennsylvania have diversified their farms by inviting the public onto their property for everything from hayrides and corn mazes to barn weddings and events. While this past year has placed barriers on many of these activities, they will return. There are several important legal considerations regarding agritourism operations in Pennsylvania, such as zoning, regulations, insurance and other matters. Zoning laws regulate land uses, including agritourism. These may address the ability of property owners to use their property in such a manner to parking, hours of operation, traffic, noise, and lighting. Gretchen Moore and Alexis Wheeler from Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky will present and explore the caselaw and analysis relative to this burgeoning farm use.

  • Webinar - High Cube and Automated Warehouses - Are You Prepared? - 3/17/21

    Contains 8 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 03/17/2021 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

    A new land use, the high cube or automated warehouse, is starting to pop up around Pennsylvania and the county. These warehouses have a variety of forms, from “a warehouse on top of a warehouse” to largely robotic retrofits in an existing building, but in essence will have significant transportation, emergency management services, workforce, tax and environmental implications, among other things. Because they come in a variety of forms including, new developments, site redevelopments and existing building additions, and retrofits, high cube and automated warehousing affect subdivision and land development, zoning and/or building codes needs. The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission has drafted a series of municipal considerations that its representatives will review with webinar attendees. This is a first of its kind community guide in the US to address this emerging form of development and its associated technology.

  • Webinar - Taking Your Municipality to New Heights with UAV/Drone Technology - 3/10/21

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 03/10/2021 at 12:00 PM (EST)

    In this webinar, learn more about how you can utilize UAV/Drone services as another tool for your municipal projects while saving time, saving money, and increasing safety. Representatives of Carroll Engineering will explore the full capabilities of drones, including examples of uses at the municipal level, requirements needed for becoming a licensed UAV/Drone pilot, typical procedures and regulations, equipment/hardware, and the expansion of future uses for this technology. Attendees will also be eligible for a prize compliments of Carroll Engineering.

  • On-Demand Webinar - Positive Impacts of Trail Planning on the Community

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Trails and greenways create healthy recreation and transportation opportunities by providing people of all ages with attractive, safe, accessible, and low-or no-cost places to cycle, walk, hike, jog or skate Trails help people of all ages incorporate exercise into their daily routines by connecting them with places they want or need to go. Communities that encourage physical activity by making use of the linear corridors can see a significant effect on public health and wellness. In this webinar, you will learn ways in which your township can become more trail-friendly.

  • On-Demand Webinar - Home-Based Businesses - Is Your Township Ready for More?

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Home business activities and functions are considered a form of home-based businesses or occupations (HBBs) as defined, permitted and regulated by most municipal zoning ordinances. In this webinar, representatives of McNees Wallace and Nurick, LLC will explore opportunities and options for municipalities to proactively plan and zone for HBBs.