2022 PAAZO Spring Educational Forum - 4/24/22

This educational forum explores issues that zoning officers and planning and zoning officials face on a regular basis, and discusses effective strategies to address them.

Attendees are eligible to receive five (5) continuing education credits toward their "Certified Zoning Officer" designation and/or 5 PMGA Planning/Zoning points.

Eligible for 5 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credits

DATE:        April 24, 2022

                 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

                 Hershey Lodge     
                 325 University Drive
                 Room:  Wild Rose A & B
                 Hershey, PA 17033


9:30 AM         Welcome and Introduction

                        Kathy Kronicz, PAAZO Manager and Training Coordinator, PSATS                      

9:30 AM         Five Ways to Encourage Controlled & Collaborative Development

                        Esch McCombie, Esquire, and James Strong, Esquire, McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC

Land use ordinances and standard operating procedures can encourage or discourage growth in a township. What might have been enacted to protect against certain unwanted development can also hamper desired growth. Similarly, ordinances and procedures enacted decades ago may no longer provide value in today's world and even create unnecessary adversity and angst. This session will provide the top five ways townships can encourage controlled and collaborative development.


10:30 AM       In the Zone with Fair Housing

                       Adrian Garcia, Director of Fair Housing & Commercial Properties, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission 

Learn from the fair housing team at the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) about practical steps that you can take to stay in compliance with fair housing laws and promote equitable housing opportunities within your municipality. We will cover a range of topics, including: (1) a brief overview of zoning practices and fair housing; (2) reviewing your zoning ordinance and practices for potential fair housing impacts; (3) affirmatively furthering fair housing through zoning; (4) fair housing resources throughout Pennsylvania; and (5) resources for local governments at PHRC. 

11:30 AM       Break

11:40 AM       Short-Term Rentals, Long-Term Problems – Ordinance Case Studies

                        Adam Brumbaugh, Manager, College Township, Centre County; Rose Mape, Director, Pennsylvania Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns;
                        Shawn McGlynn, BCO, ICC, CZO, PENNBOC, BOABC, SFM Consulting LLC; Annette Atkinson, Supervisor, Middle Smithfield Township, Monroe County 

This session is designed to provide attendees with information on how several townships successfully implemented short-term rental ordinances. Each presenter will address what precipitated the need to develop a short-term rental ordinance, how they identified and gathered information from all stakeholders, challenges faced, and how they were resolved to pass the ordinance. The session will also highlight pending state legislation to regulate online home sharing platforms.        

12:40 PM       Lunch

1:20 PM         Another Resident Complaint??? – Best Practices for Complaint Management

                       Judith Acosta, CZO, BCO

                        SFM Consulting LLC

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2:20 PM         Break

2:30 PM         MPC Review: Developing the Record and Drafting a Decision

                        Alexis Wheeler, Esquire and Kathleen Mannard, Esquire

                        Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky

When drafting a decision pursuant to the Municipalities Planning Code, a municipality usually must provide findings and conclusions to support its determination. Historically, municipal decisions have been given an almost insurmountable deference by reviewing courts. Lately, though, the Commonwealth Court has signaled frustration with insufficient written decisions. This session will educate municipalities on how to develop a strong record and draft decisions to earn deference.

3:30 PM         Adjournment


                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, 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.

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