2020 PAAZO Virtual Fall Seminar -11/4/20

In the PAAZO Virtual Fall Seminar, learn from experts on a wide variety of topics from the comfort of your office or home. Among the topics to be covered include agritainment, zoning enforcement, and a recent case update.

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


 9:30 am                  Welcome and Introduction                       

 9:30 – 10:30 am     Hot Issues in Agritainment

                                 Alyssa Golfieri, Esquire, Babst Calland
                                 Robert Max Junker, Esquire, Babst Calland 

10:45 – 11:45 am    What We Have Learned During the Pandemic About
 Virtual Land Use Hearings and Meetings

                                Alexis Wheeler, Esquire, Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky
                                R.J. Susko, Land Use Admin, Town of McCandless, Allegheny County

In this lively and interesting presentation, a municipal solicitor and municipal employee will share their insights on conducting virtual land use hearings and meetings against the backdrop of the pandemic.

11:45 – 12:30 pm    Lunch Break

12:30 – 1:30 pm      Utility Scale Solar Leasing and Its Impact on Zoning

                                Penn State Extension/Penn State Ag Law Center

The Ag Law Center has collected a volume of solar leases that have been offered to and signed by Pennsylvania residents over the last 9-12 months and have prepared a presentation that boils down the common contractual terms and outlines the long-term contractual relationships and obligations that are being created when a township resident signs a lease with a solar developer to install panels on the resident’s property to generate and sell electricity to the grid. Understand the leasing arrangements can help zoning officials understand the position of the various parties when they seek zoning approval to proceed with the project, as well as throughout the term of the project.          

1:45 – 2:45 pm       Home-Based Businesses

                               Christopher Knarr, McNees Wallace & Nurick

Whether it is to comply with mandates, help care for family members, convenience or because they just prefer working in their pajamas, more people are now working from homes than pre-COVID-19. Fortunately, modern technology enables business operators and employees to safely and efficiently continue working from their homes.  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.

3:00 – 4:00 pm       Recent Case Update & Open Forum

                               Scott E. Coburn, Esquire, PSATS

This session will provide an update on recent court decisions and legislation impacting zoning officials and an opportunity for attendees to share best practices and advice for how to tackle zoning-related matters.


                November 4, 2020

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

Registration Fee:

                 Member* -  $99.00
                 Non-Member –  $125.00

           *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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