2021 PAAZO Virtual Fall Seminar -10/21/21

In the PAAZO Virtual Fall Seminar, learn from experts on a wide variety of topics pertinent to your duties as a municipal zoning official. 

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. 

Municipal Regulation of 5G Wireless Facilities in the Wake of New PA Act 50 

This session will address the key elements of Pennsylvania's Act 50 of 2021, the Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act and the Federal Communications Commission's recent order and will include specific recommendations for a municipal wireless ordinance and design standards. Act 50, which takes effect August 29, establishes requirements for local regulation of “small wireless facilities” that are used for 5G wireless service and are located in the public rights of way.   

Dan Cohen and Mike Roberts, Cohen Law Group 

10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.  

How Different Communities Approach Hot Topics in Zoning  

Every community is unique and will have different approaches to hot topics like urban agriculture, accessory dwelling units, food trucks, ghost kitchens, outdoor dining, working from home, buffer yards, Planned Residential Developments, Traditional Neighborhood Developments, and other hot topics in zoning. Hear real-world case studies from urban, suburban and rural communities to see how they have customized an approach to meet their community needs. 

Laura Ludwig, Community Planner, and Kirsten Primm, Planner, Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. 

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  

Legal & Legislative Update 

This fast-paced session will get you up to speed on all of the recent court decisions and legislative activity that impacts zoning officials.  

Scott E. Coburn, Esquire, Counsel & Education Director, PSATS 

12:30 - 1:15 p.m.  


1:15 - 2:15 p.m.  

Regionalizing City, Town, Suburban and Rural Zoning  

This session will highlight how the nine municipalities of the 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.  

* Here Comes the Sun - The Future of Solar Generation and 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, Esquire & James Strong, Esquire, McNees Wallace & Nurick

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


        October 21, 2021

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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