2023 PAAZO Fall Seminar - 10/19/23 - Chester County

Includes a Live In-Person Event on 10/19/2023 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

In the PAAZO Fall Seminar, learn from experts on a wide variety of topics pertinent to your duties as a municipal Zoning official, including rehabbing zoning ordinances, multi-municipal zoning, zoning and property maintenance tips and tricks, and recent zoning decisions.

Qualifies for 5 PMGA Planning/Zoning Points

Qualifies for 5 CZO credits

9:00 AM Welcome and Introduction

Kathy Kronicz, PAAZO Manager and Training Coordinator, PSATS

9:00 AM Floodplains and Zoning

TBD, Barry Isett

10:00 AM Break

10:10 AM Presenting Zoning Information in the Digital Realm

                Michael Peter, Business Development Manager, General Code

General Code is a municipal codifier serving over 4,000 customers in 49 states, including 750 active customers in PA. Nearly all those communities that we serve in Pennsylvania codify their Zoning ordinance as part of their comprehensive municipal Code. For decades, this was standard practice, but not so anymore in the digital age. Municipalities are taking advantage of digital development tools to go well beyond standard text-based, Euclidean Zoning ordinances, to produce what we call graphically rich Zoning ordinances. In our session, we will explain this trend and show examples of how communities in Pennsylvania have taken advantage of new technology to make their Zoning Code more accessible.

11:10 AM Break

11:20 AM Multi-Municipal Zoning

                Dawn Didra, Assistant Manager/Zoning Officer/Emergency Management Coordinator, Heidelberg Township, Lehigh County

12:20 PM Lunch

1:20 PM Zoning and Property Maintenance Enforcement Tips and Tricks … with Tales of Quick Fixes and Never-Ending Stories

              Michael G. Crotty, Esquire, & Eric Brown, Esquire,  Siana Law 

Ordinance enforcement can be a bear! Neighbors complain that things aren’t happening fast enough. Violators claim that they are being unfairly targeted. Technical requirements can cause snags. And enforcement costs give municipal budgets heartburn. Michael Crotty and Eric Brown will walk through the basic rules of the road for enforcement and lead a discussion on ways to better our approach. More importantly though, he will go through his tips and strategies for making your enforcement process as efficient and effective as possible…with examples that range from surprising stories complicated/extensive violations with quick compliance to a decade-plus long saga of pursuing a property for unambiguous violations.   

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 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 19, 2023


                9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


       Chester County
       Hilton Garden Inn Exton
       720 Eagleview Blvd.
       Exton, PA 19341

Registration Fee:

                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.