2021 PAAZO Fall Seminar - 10/19/21 - Central

In the PAAZO Fall Seminar, learn from experts on a wide variety of topics pertinent to your duties as a municipal Zoning official. Specific agenda items will be updated when finalized.

Eligible for 5 CZO Credits and/or 5 PMGA Planning/Zoning points. 


9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

* Zoning for Controversial Uses

This session will offer practical recommendations on how to address difficult and controversial land uses through zoning regulations. This will include solid waste uses, mineral extraction, wind turbines, scrapyards, heavy industrial uses, drug and alcohol treatment centers, after hours clubs, adult entertainment uses, illicit massage parlors and other uses. There also will be recommendations for addressing growth of colleges and hospitals near residential areas.

 Charlie S. Schmehl, Vice-President, Urban Research & Development Corporation


10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

*Best Practices for “Quality of Life” Enforcement

This session will cover a variety of common “quality of life” matters for townships, including managing short-term rental issues, fireworks, and numerous property maintenance challenges and will leave you with best practices to better position your township to be proactive.

Joan E. London, Esq., Chair, Municipal Department, Kozloff Stoudt Professional Corporation


11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

*Here Comes the Sun – The Emergence of Solar Energy Generation Facility Development in Pennsylvania

This session will address the rapidly growing interest in the development of solar energy development facilities throughout Pennsylvania.  There will be a focus on the community planning and land use ordinance issues surrounding that form of development.

Jonathan Andrews, Esq. & James Strong, Esq., McNees Wallace & Nurick


12:30 - 1:15 p.m.

* Lunch


 1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

* Regionalizing City, Town, Suburban and Rural Zoning

The session will highlight how the nine municipalities of the Scranton-Abingtons Planning Association boldly came together to prepare a regional comprehensive plan and zoning ordinances. Administered by the Lackawanna County Planning Department, funded by state, county, and local dollars, and assisted by Environmental Planning and Design, this regional planning effort represents a mix of urban, suburban, and rural landscapes, covering ½ the population and 1/5 of the land area of Lackawanna County. The ordinances include land-use sharing, decided by each municipality and a steering committee. Each municipality maintains autonomy administering its piece of this regional zoning puzzle. Attendees will see how this complex project went from an idea to implementation.

Andrew (AJ) Schwartz, AICP, CUD, PLA LEED AP, Studio Director, Environmental Planning & Design

Carolyn Yagle, AICP, PLA, Director of Planning & Policy, Environmental Planning & Design


2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

* Signs, Spot Zoning and Short-Term Rentals

Join us for an update on the latest caselaw that addresses signs, spot zoning, and the still-developing field of short-term rental regulation. What constitutional concerns arise when regulating signs? What are the current criteria for spot zoning, and how can it be avoided? How can municipalities regulate Airbnb and other short-term rental properties? This presentation explores all of these topics and more.

Tyler R. Beaston, Esquire and Isaac Wakefield, Esquire, Salzmann Hughes


        October 19, 2021


       Cumberland County
       PSATS Education Center
       4855 Woodland Drive
       Enola, PA 17025

Class Time:

         9:00 a.m. - 3:30 pm


                - Member*: $ 125.00
                - Non-Member $ 175.00


             *PSATS Member = Registrant has paid current annual membership dues to PSATS or one of its professional associations (e.g., Township Emergency Management Association, Township Engineers Association, Township Planners Association, Township Solicitors Association, or the Pa. Assoc. of Zoning Officials).


Cancellations must be in writing, and can be sent to us by email to cancellations@psats.org; by fax to (717) 763-9732; or by mail to PSATS Education Program, 4855 Woodland Drive, Enola, PA, 17025. Refunds will be determined by the sent date of the notice.
Refunds for cancelling a webinar at any time will be subject to a $10 processing fee. 
For classes, (in-person and virtual), refunds for a cancellation sent to us between 10 and 2 business days before the class you are registered for will be subject to a $20 processing fee. Those who cancel within two business days of the class you are registered for, or do not attend, forfeit the full registration fee which, if unpaid, will be invoiced.


If you require alternate format, sign language, or have other needs, please contact PSATS directly (717) 763-0930, x-159.

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