2020 PAAZO Virtual Fall Seminar - 10/7/20

In the PAAZO (Virtual) Fall Seminar, learn from experts on a wide variety of topics from the comfort of your office or home.

You will also have an opportunity to interact and network with colleagues around the region.

Eligible for 5 PMGA Planning/Zoning points

Eligible for 5 CZO continuing education points

Eligible for 5 CLE continuing education points


9:30 am                           Welcome and Introduction


9:30 am – 10:30 am       BMPs for Tree Preservation During Development

                                        Michael Dunn, LandStudies, Inc.

We will be examining the best management practices for tree preservation during the development and planning phase.  Many municipalities in the mid-Atlantic have incorporated some measures of tree protection in their SALDO ordinances but are they substantial enough?  Trees are a vital resource to the green infrastructure and need to be protected so that their maximal benefits can be enjoyed by the communities in which they are rooted.


10:45 AM – 11:45 AM      Is Your Township Ready for Solar?   

                                        Robert Young, Esquire, PA Department of Environmental Protection

In this session, learn about the rapid expansion of solar energy in the Commonwealth and how zoning officials can assist their townships be prepared. This discussion will hit on the more important issues that new solar projects can generate and share information about available resources.       


11:45 AM – 12:30 PM      Lunch Break


12:30 PM – 1:30 PM        Development Disasters and How to Defend Against Them  

                                         Michael G. Crotty, Esquire, Siana Law

This session will address the litany of issues that have come up in failed/semi-failed land developments – half-built ghost-towns with infrastructure not completed; walking back over-promises by developers; sewer issues with incomplete developments; developers who have gone bankrupt; stormwater claims galore; and the dedication dilemma with improvements not up to snuff.


 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM         Legal Update 

                                         Scott E. Coburn, Esquire, PSATS 

This session will provide an update on recent court decisions and legislation impacting zoning officials. 


3:00 PM – 3:30 PM         Timber Harvesting Ordinances

                                        Jonathan Geyer, Hardwoods Development Specialist,  PA Department of Agriculture                                             

Several townships have gotten into legal trouble after passing timber harvesting ordinances that unreasonably restrict forestry. This session will help your township avoid a similar problem by reviewing the guide on "Forest Management and Timber Harvest in Pennsylvania: Information for Citizens and Local Government Officials." The publication, which includes a model timber ordinance, will help you understand timber management and avoid costly legal challenges.

               October 7, 2020

                Class:  9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Registration Fee:

                 Member* -  $99.00
                 Non-Member –  $125.00
                 CLE Credits - $75.00

           *PSATS Member (registrant has paid current annual membership dues to PSATS or its affiliates (solicitors, engineers, planners and emergency management association.)


Cancellations/No show Policy:

Cancellations must be received in writing by faxing to 717-763-9732 or sending an email to cancellations@psats.org. Refunds will be determined by the date of the fax or email. A cancellation received less than 10 business days before the session you are registered for is subject to a $20 processing fee for refunds.Those who cancel within two business days of the session date or do not attend forfeit the full registration fee which, if unpaid, will be invoiced.

Accessibility & Other Needs:

All sessions will be held at ADA-accessible locations. Please use the "accessibility needs" line to indicate alternate format, sign language requirements, or any other accessibility needs you have.

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