Virtual Class - On-Demand - Fundamentals of Zoning – The Why and How of Zoning

Supervisors who enact zoning ordinances must understand the purpose and function of zoning. This workshop explains why we have zoning, how we implement it, and the tools it affords townships to protect the public’s health, safety, and welfare. The workshop is intended to educate both the newest supervisors and the ones who have seen it all. We will discuss the legal roles of supervisors and others, zoning hearings (including conditional uses), and several other important aspects of zoning ordinances that are often overlooked or misunderstood. 

 Audience Interaction:    The workshop will be a Power Point presentation with Q&A to the audience, a panel discussion, and lecturing with on-screen and in-hand visuals (e.g. ordinance examples, plans, etc.). We’ll explain zoning concepts and offer examples, while encouraging audience participation by soliciting stories about their experiences.

 Learning Objectives:

  1. To provide supervisors with a solid understanding of the necessary balance between regulating through zoning and property rights.
  2. To learn how to use zoning to protect the public health, safety and welfare, while also permitting reasonable growth.
  3. To recognize zoning limits placed on townships and the pitfalls and outcomes that exist if those limits are ignored.


Qualifies for 2 PMGA Planning/Zoning Points

Eligible for 2 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credits

Registration Fee:

                Member* -  $ 35.00

                Non-Member –  $ 45.00

                CLE Credits - $ 30.00


             *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; 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.