2022 PAAZO Fall Seminar - 10/13/22 - Montgomery County

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.

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

Eligible for 5 CLE Credits


9:30 AM Welcome and Introduction

9:30 AM Zoning and New Land Uses

Joan E. London, Esquire, and Bradley Davis, Esquire, Kozloff Stoudt

We will discuss new types of land uses, such as solar farms, event venues on agricultural properties (wineries, micro-distilleries, wedding barns, etc.), short-term rentals such as VRBO and AirBnB, and their zoning treatment and regulation.

10:30 AM Conditional Uses and Special Exceptions – What’s the Difference?

Susan J. Smith, Esquire, Law Office of Susan J. Smith

It is sometimes very easy for municipal officials and employees to confuse conditional uses and special exceptions and the procedures for addressing both. In this session, Susan will review what you can and cannot do, as well as what you should and should not do, when your township receives requests for conditional uses and special exceptions.

11:30 AM Break

11:40 AM Local Regulation of Grid-Scale Solar Projects

Tom Murphy, Director, Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research

Many townships are experiencing an increase in permit applications from solar project developers. This session will share insights from research conducted by Penn State about solar projects at the local level while focusing on common elements in solar zoning ordinances and communication strategies for community discussion of solar projects.

12:40 PM Lunch

1:20 PM How Zoning Can Help Reduce Housing Costs

Charlie Schmehl, Urban Research and Development Corp.

This session will review actions that municipalities can take to expand housing choices and reduce housing costs, including through zoning changes. 

2:20 PM Break

2:30 PM Review of Recent Zoning-Related Court Decisions and Legislation

Scott E. Coburn, Esquire, PSATS

This session will get you caught up on all of the recent activity in the Pennsylvania and federal courts that you need to know. We will also discuss new laws and legislative efforts that impact you as a zoning officer.

3:30 PM Adjournment



        October 13, 2022


       Montgomery County
       Holiday Inn Lansdale
       1750 Sumneytown Pike
       Kulpsville, PA 19443

Class Time:

         9:30 a.m. - 3:30 pm


                - Member*: $ 125.00

                - Non-Member $ 175.00

                - CLE Credits  $ 75.00


             *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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